Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Charleston, Mace Edward[1]

Male 1873 - 1938  (65 years)


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  • Name Charleston, Mace Edward  [2
    • VARIANT NAMES: Charleston, Mace Everett; Charleston M.E.
    Born 16 Jul 1873  Longbranch, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Marriage 4 Feb 1893  Des Moines, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bride: Lunia [sic] M. Stradley 
    Business Address/Year 1910-1911  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    118 East Hastings St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1911  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    508 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1912  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    1177 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1921  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    607 Davies St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Died 20 Sep 1938  San Diego, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 27 Sep 1938  Glen Abbey Memorial Park, San Diego, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Association Charleston, Homer Mace (Relationship: Father) 
    Association Elite Studio (Vancouver : II) (Relationship: Proprietor) 
    Person ID I1099  Camera Workers | C, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: M.E. Charleston managed and/or owned the Elite Studio between 1911-1918. He also operated under the names Charleston & Co. (1910-1911) and M.E. Charleston & Co. (1920-1924).

      He was the father of Homer Mace Charleston who owned Crystal Finish Ltd. and worked as a photographer for his father in 1921.

      M.E. Charleston was married to a woman of Dutch ancestry, Linna May (nee Stradley) Charleston. In addition to Homer, the couple also had two daughters, Linna Grace or Grace Linna (born 12 Aug 1897, Chicago, IL) and Beulah Mabel, with the former also working as a photographer for her father in 1921. Beulah, who had been born in Seattle, WA, was married in Vancouver in 1924 at age 18 to Stanley William Allan Ingram.

      Other children of M.E. and Linna Charleston were sons, Earl D., and Jack P. Most of the family immigrated to Canada in 1913, likely from Washington State where M.E. had been working as a photographer in Seattle since at least 1900; Linna Grace possibly immigrated in 1918.

      In 1900 M.E. and his family were living with his widowed mother, Mary M. Dodds, a Canadian, in her Seattle boarding house.

      According to an obituary:

      "Mr. Charleston, photographer, had resided in San Diego 13 years [since ca. 1925]. He came here from Seattle. He was a member of the University Christian Church.

      "Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Linna M. Charleston, San Diego; his daughters, Mrs. Grace Armour, East Vancouver, British Columbia and Mrs. Beulah M. Ingram, Manhattan Beach, California and three sons, Earl D. Charleston, New York City; Homer M. Charleston, Vancouver, British Columbia and Jack L. Charleston, Seattle and his mother, Mrs. J.L. Larimer, Seattle." [2, 7, 8]

  • Sources 
    1. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.
      Two prints credited to M.E. Charleston of the Elite Studio.

    2. [S917] Census of Canada 1921.
      Province of B.C., District no. 22, Enumeration sub-district no. 48 in Vancouver, p. 12, line 20.

    3. [S667] FamilySearch.org (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      Birth registration record for their daughter, Linna Grace Charleston, born 12 Aug 1897 in Chicago, IL.
      "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," URL (accessed 12 Nov 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23M-YYQ4

    4. [S985] United States Census, 1900.
      FamilySearch.org, (accessed 12 Nov 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMPN-QBW

    5. [S667] FamilySearch.org (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      He gave his permanent address as 1610 1st N., Seattle, WA (the address of someone he listed as his nearest relative); his place of employment as 1177 Granville St., Vancouver, BC; and his residential address as 607 Davies St., Vancouver, BC.
      "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," URL (accessed 12 Nov 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDG-4CKJ

    6. [S667] FamilySearch.org (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      "California Death Index, 1905-1939," (accessed 12 Nov 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKSM-TZSW

    7. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      Includes an obituary, San Diego Union, 23 Sep 1938.
      URL (accessed 12 Nov 2017): https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106387090

    8. [S863] United States Census, 1910.
      FamilySearch.org, URL (accessed 12 November 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGV6-N6N