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