MSSU Archives & Special Collections Exhibits: Early Life

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Charles Wilkerson's Early Life

Curated by Emilee Miller, 2023-07

The life of Charles Wilkerson was full of dedication to duty and leadership going back to his father who was a well respected man in Springfield. Being president of the International Molders Union and being a member of the American Federal Labor Union showed that Charles Wilkerson cared about the equality and proper treatment of the working labor.

Charles Wilkerson, June 7th, 1947 (Scrapbook page 60):

"I was born near Strafford Greene Co. Mo. On a farm in a log house, so I have been told. My parents moved to Springfield when I was six weeks old. I lived here most of my life but had to move away a number of time[s] for short period[s] of a year or two at a time to secure work at my trade which was iron molding. I served my apprenticeship at the old Springfield Car and Foundry Co. that was located on Prospect Ave where the Reynolds Machine Shop is now located."

Charles W. Wilkerson, 1896

James F. Wilkerson Family Portrait (undated)

Top left to right (John, Charles, Jacob, Pearl, George, Robert)

Bottom left to right (Father, Mother, Marcella, Mary)

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