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."
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