NameCharles Orville CANFIELD
Birth2 Apr 1882, New Mexico
Death15 Jun 1965, Los Angeles Co., California
Burial18 Jun 1965, Calvery Cemetery, East Los Angeles, California
OccupationOwner/operator Of A Hardware Store/company; Executive In The Oil Industry; Investor
FatherCharles Adelbert CANFIELD (1848-1913)
MotherChloe Phoebe WESCOTT (1859-1906)
Birth1883/1884, California
Divorceabt 1910
ChildrenOrville Adelbert (1903-1918)
 Laura Elaiane (1904-)
Birth8 Oct 1893, Illinois
Death31 Dec 1964, Los Angeles Co., California
Burial5 Jan 1965, Inglewood Memorial Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA
Birth8 Feb 1891, Missouri
Death5 Jul 1985, Los Angeles Co., California5
Burial11 Jul 1985, Calvery Cemetery, East Los Angeles, CA
OccupationConcert Opera Star
Notes for Charles Orville CANFIELD
Resided in Los Angeles, CA, in 1948

LA Times, 1931
Charles O. Canfield, who inherited a million-dollar trust fund from his father, Charles O. (sic) Canfield, last evening in the county jail had completed the first of a five-day sentence for contempt of court in connection with asserted nonpayment of alimony.
Canfield, who said he had had five blood transfusions in the past year and a half for a stomach disorder, is serving his sentence in the jail hospital.
“I think there has been a mistake in sentencing me to jail,” declared Canfield in commenting on Superior Court Judge Emmet Wilson’s ruling in finding him guilty of contempt.
Canfield, whose wealth is in a trust fund with a bank, said that the court had held he was $24,000 in arrears on his alimony to Mrs. Pearl Canfield, whom he married in 1912 when she was in the chorus of Armstrong’s Baby Dolls burlesque show.
“About $20,000 of that is a judgment she holds against me and is not alimony”, he said. “In alimony, I only owe about three or four thousand dollars. However, I am not able to pay it at this time.”

OBITUARY: Oilman Canfield Dies Here at 83:
Charles O. Canfield, son of the multi-millionaire pioneer oilman, died this morning at St. Vincent’s Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 83.
Canfield’s heritage was rich in both monetary and historical value. His family and the late E. L. “Ned” Doheny were part of the development of the Southland.
Canfield once recalled that his family and the Dohenys “were living together in a little shack in the hills near Chihuahua, Mexico, when I was born. I saw my father and ‘Ned’ Doheny become millionaires almost overnight as their gushers came in from Coalinga to Tampico.”
And the young man saw Los Angeles grow too - from 1884 when his family came to this city and lived in the historical Pico House at the Plaza.
His boyhood pals were the future newsmakers of the city - Sheriff Gene Biscailuz, movie star Leo Carrillo and fighter Jim Jeffries.
Canfield loved horses, once had his own stable, and proudly said that the famed rancher E. J. “Lucky” Baldwin gave him 11 horses from his ranch.
In 1913 Canfield’s father died, leaving an estate of $15 million. One million dollars went to Canfield in a “spendthrift” trust fund, because, the son said, “we didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of business matters.”
Canfield went into the oil business and then into the lumber business. He also went in for breeding and racing greyhounds - once having a stable of 125 dogs.
Canfield’s widow, the former Charlotte Vermont, was at his bedside when he died.
Their romance and nearly 38 years of marriage had a story-book flavor to it. Canfield one day saw a beautiful child with golden curls who was taking a ride in a wicker cart pulled by a Shetland pony.
When that child grew up, had studied voice in Europe and won fame in opera and on the concert stage they met again and married.
In addition to his widow, Canfield, of 201 S. Arden Blvd., leaves his daughter, Mrs. Earl Pierce, of Carmel, and a sister, Mrs. Silby Spalding, of Los Angeles.
Funeral services are being arranged at Callanan Mortuary.
Notes for Charlotte Dorothy (Spouse 3)
In 1948 Ms. Vermont was residing in Los Angeles.182
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