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Submitted by Elizabeth Burns, Aug 2002

Charles F. Moss
Arizona, The Youngest State, 1913

Charles F. Moss is one of the foremost representatives of commercial interests in Benson where he has successfully engaged in business for more than fifteen years.  He is a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1872, and is a son of M.F. and D.W. Moss.  The father passed away in Pennsylvania in 1900 but the mother is still living at the age of sixty eight and now makes her home in Benson with her son.  They were the parents of five sons, one of whom S.B. is also a resident of Benson.

The early life of Charles F. Moss was passed in much the same manner as that of the average American youth.  He was reared at home and acquired his education in the public schools of his native state.  When he was twenty three he came to Arizona locating in Tucson where for eight years and three months he held the position of supply agent with the Southern Pacific Railroad.  At the expiration of that time he resigned his position and came to Benson where he embarked in business as a wholesale and retail dealer in ice and a manufacturer of gas and soda water.  He now handles coal, ice, gas and oil.  For a time he was associated with Charles E. Goetz in the operation of a wholesale and retail grocery but sold his interest in 1914.  More than average success has attended Mr. Moss who owns all of his business property and has other realty interests in Cochise County.

In Pennsylvania in 1895 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Moss and Miss Jessie Pauline Lewis, also a native of Pennsylvania where her parents Frank M. and Elmira Lewis still reside.  They had five children all of whom are living with the exception of Mrs. Moss who died in the hospital at Benson in 1908.  She is survived by one daughter, Frances Marian who was born September 23, 1899 and is attending the public school and studying music.  On the 21st of April, 1910 Mr. Moss married Miss Sophia Williams who died seven months later.  She was born at Williamsburg Kansas and was one of six children born to John and Rebecca Williams.  On September 3, 1912, Mr. Moss married Miss Lena Rye of Evansville Wisconsin, and by this marriage there are two children: Charles Jr. born June 13, 1913 and Mary Christine born June 11, 1915.

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