Newspaper article on Charles
Poem written by Charles when Matilda died (Walter Gaspar)
Photo of Charles & Blondina's house (Blondina, Charles, Henry, Elizabeth) (Sandra Borgon)
Charles in his study (Sue Coscarelly)
DeWaele family, 1886
DeWaele family, 1908
In 1869 Charles and Blondina left Sinaai for Rotterdam (Netherlands) where they boarded a ship and came to America. They never returned to Belgium nor see Charles' father Henricus de Waele, who died 6 years later, again.
By following birth records we know Charles and Blondina started in La Fayette, Indiana (Henry) and moved to Grand Rapids, MI (Emily). They then went to Bay City, MI (Alfred) and next to St. Helen (Arthur). On October 25, 1889 they had their silver marriage in St. Helen. Once Charles became Prosecuting Attorney they lived in Roscommon, MI. This is why most DeWaeles still live in Michigan.
"Roscommon's Fine Old Man" is the title of a local newspaper article on Charles.
Charles De Waele (spelled with a capital D) was a pioneer resident of Roscommon county, and was well educated. He was fluent in 7 languages, wrote several books (in different languages) and was a linguist.
He came to America with only his education, and studied law at St. Helens. He started poor but his untiring energy allowed him to find success, and he owned several farms, store buildings, and residences. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Northeastern Michigan Development Bureau and helped advance that area of the country.
Charles was baptized at Holy Catherina Church in Sinaai on 25 October 1864. Buried in old St. Patrick cemetary in Bay City.
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