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Husband: Charles Henry\Hamilton (Chuck) ELLABY 1
Born: 26 MAY 1900 Place: Mt. Washington, Bullitt, Kentucky, USA 2, 3
Died: 18 MAR 1965 Place: St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA 4, 5
Married: 25 AUG 1923 Place: (Hardin County?), Kentucky, USA 6
Buried: Place:
Father: John Franklin (Bud) ELLABY
Mother: Ida Malcolm PATTERSON
Other Spouses:
Wife: Marion Francis (Polly) KEITH
Born: 9 FEB 1903 Place: Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA 7, 8
Died: 29 NOV 1994 Place: Mandeville, Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA 9
Buried: Place:
Other Spouses:

Child 1 (M): Charles Hamilton ELLABY, Jr. 8
Born: 25 JUL 1924 Place: Berea, Madison County, Kentucky, USA 8
Died: JAN 1983 Place: Florida, USA 9
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Spouses: Anne (Polly) Elizabeth HARDY
Charles attended public schools in Mount Washington and Shepardsville, Bullitt County, Kentucky. After graduating from high school in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1919, Charles studied engeineering at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Hardin County, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Northern in 1923 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Enginnering degree.

While in college, Charles was an amatuer wrestler and was a work-out partner for Ed "Strangler" Lewis. During the summer of 1921, Charles worked as a temporary city engineer for Humboldt, Tennessee, supervising the construction of a sewer system.

After graduation from college, Charles worked for the Louisville and Nashville railroad as a locating engineer and resident engineer for the construction of new railroad track and drainage system in a mountainous section of Kentucky. During 1924-1925, he served in a similar capacity with the Kentucky State Highway Department.

Charles met his wife when the Louisville and Nashville railroad revised their right-of-way over Colesburg Hill near her hometown of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. These alterations at the Colesburg Hill eliminated the tunnel (which gave its name to the Tunnel Hill community), reduced the grade and eliminated the trestles. (The Confederate calvary rader, John Hunt Morgan, burned the trestles in his December 1862 raid and put the railroad out of operation for several weeks.) The climb up the hill for the railraod necessitated keeping "hill engines" at Colesburg to help push or pull some of the long trains up the grade. During his stay in Elizabethtown, Charles "was a very popular young man with all who knew him, friendly with the young people and courteous to his elders."

With a development boom in full sway in Florida and the subsequent need for engineers, Charles set up a private engineering practice in Stuart, Martin County, Florida. He employeed thirty or forty men and was involved with real estate subdivision development and municpal construction projects. In 1926-27 he became the assistant city engineer for the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida. There he helped organize the engineering department and oversaw large sewer projects and other municipal improvements.

When the banks failed in 1927 and work for engineers was scarce, Charles returned to Kentucky to work for the Kentucky State Highway Department as a senior resident engineer overseeing projects in three counties. During 1928-29, Charles worked for the United States Engineer Department's Memphis, Tennessee district, handling projects for topgraphic mapping and flood control surveying in southeastern Missouri, and for the White River valley in Arkansas and Missouri.

In 1929, Charles joined the Missouri State Highway Depatment as a highway designer. In 1930, Charles was an assistant engineer for construction for the Wabash Railroad, where he directed surveys and design work for track construction and highway grade separations. He represented the Railroad in grade separation negotiations with the Missouri Public Service Commission. In 1932, Charles was living in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri.

Returning to the United States Engineer Department in 1930, he spent the next 11 years as associate and then senior engineer with the Upper Mississippi Valley Division office in St. Louis, Missouri. During that time he worked on various canalization projects, and was involved with the design of the Norris Power Dam in Tennessee as well as the Alton Dam and Rock Island Dam in Illinois. He also researched and published studies on welding, painting, foundations, and corrosion of metals.

In 1941, Charles became president of the board of public service for the city of St. Louis, Missouri, overseeing various prublic works and improvements in the city. He was known as a specialist on drainage and sewer work.

Along with his engineering career, Charles served as president of the Board of Standardization, and was a member of the Municipal Art Commission, the City Planning Commission, the Municipal Bridge Commission, and the Zooilogical Board of Control. His professional affiliations included the Engineers Club of St. Louis, the Missouri Society of Professional Enineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Science, a Mason, and a member of the Missouri Athletic Club.

Charles obtained social security number 500-26-9693 in Missouri.

[The History of Missouri, p. 122-123; McClure, Daniel Elmo, Jr., "Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and Hardin County, Kentucky 1776-1976"; Social Security Death Index, (searched from https://sites.rootsweb.com/); and Aunt Mary's Scrapbook of Death & Marriage Clippings 1930-1960, p. 14]

Charles changed his middle name from Henry to Hamilton to honor the Dr. Hamilton who delivered his son, so his son could be named Charles Hamilton Ellaby, Jr.

Marion obtained social security number 500-28-7722 in Missouri. At the time of her death, she was living with her daughter-in-law in Louisiana. [Social Security Death Index, (searched from https://sites.rootsweb.com/); and an unidentified book on Elizabethtown, Kentucky]

1Aunt Mary's Scrapbook of Death & Marriage Clippings 1930-1960, Other, pp. 14, 15.
2The History of Missouri, after 1965, Book, p. 122.
3Social Security Death Index, searched from https://sites.rootsweb.com/, Civil Registry.
4The History of Missouri, after 1965, Book, p. 122.
5Social Security Death Index, searched from https://sites.rootsweb.com/, Civil Registry.
6The History of Missouri, after 1965, Book, p. 123.
7Social Security Death Index, searched from https://sites.rootsweb.com/, Civil Registry.
8The History of Missouri, after 1965, Book, p. 123.
9Social Security Death Index, searched from https://sites.rootsweb.com/, Civil Registry.

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