Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1917aCharley Belle Rogers was born in Yoakum, Texas on 4 Oct 1916 to Charles Arthur Rogers and Mary Tennessee Turner. As the only child of older parents (Charles was 46 and Mary was 36 when Charley Belle was born), Charley Belle was doted on and very close to her folks. Charles worked as a bridge foreman for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company and Mary was a stay-at-home mom.

CBS_CokeIn 1920, the Rogers family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, buying a home on May Street. As favorite story often told by Charley Belle was that when she was a child, the old Coca Cola bottling plant was only a few blocks away. Charley Belle and her friends make frequent visits to the plant for Cokes, and that’s how she became a life-long fan of Coca Cola!

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1925 Hogg ES1Charley Belle attended nearby Alexander Hogg Elementary School and then Jennings Avenue Junior High School, before moving on to Central High School in the Near Southside area of Fort Worth.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1935 CHSAt Central High School, she met the love of her life and future husband, Miles Francis Stanley, Jr. The two quickly became inseparable.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1933 Miss HillsboroIn 1933, Charley Belle even entered the Miss Hillsboro beauty pageant! Hill County, Texas was the home to many, many relatives on both sides of her family, and she often visited the area. She didn’t win the contest, but as a beautiful young woman, she certainly could have!ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1933a

Graduation from Central High School came on 1 Jun 1933 for Charley Belle Rogers and she and Miles began to contemplate their lives together.

ROGERSCharleyBelle_b1916_1932bFor Charley Belle and Miles and their friends, the world was an exciting place and the future was bright.

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