He is still laughing over that checkers game

Posted by | May 29, 2013

Fort Payne [AL] Journal
May 28, 1941

Mr. Driskill’s ancestors on his father’s side were three Irishmen who settled in Maryland. His mother’s ancestors were English. Charles Driskill was born March 15, 1866, a mile from Portersville, in Big Valley, on the George Place. His Grandfather, who came from Winchester, TN, settled there in 1830.

Charles was the 13th child in a family of 16 children, though one died in infancy. The living consisted of nine boys and six girls. He attended school at Lookout Chapel, three miles from Sulpher Springs. At the ripe old age of 18 he taught school at Lookout Chapel where he had learned his A B C’s.

On Christmas Day, 1889, he married Miss Laura Dean, of Valley Head, who was born on Puddin’ Ridge. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Christmas, 1939.

couple at Noccalula Falls AL, late 1800sThis couple at Noccalula Falls, AL is not the Driskills! But the Driskills lived near here and were about the same age as this man and woman. Photo late 1800s.

After their wedding, the Driskill’s settled on a farm and lived there until 1912, when they came to Fort Payne and bought out the Jim Malone Restaurant. After a few month’s work in the restaurant, Mr. Driskill went to work in the J.O. Crow Store and worked there on and off for ten years. He also worked in G. L. Malone’s Store for three years and he worked in a store for J.W. Walker. He served in the Fort Payne City Council for 16 years and was City Clerk for two years. In 1930, he retired from active life, except for work in his vegetable garden and other work around the home.

Mr. and Mrs. Driskill are the parents of five children, three boys and two girls; and they have five grandchildren, three boys and two girls. The boys are all telegraph operators. Byron Driskill is a telegraph operator at Tuscaloosa now, but he was for twenty-five and one-half years, operator at Fort Payne Railroad Station. Bernard Driskill quit the telegrapher’s job to work in the bank. He is now Teller and Assistant Cashier of the First National Bank of Fort Payne. Bill lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is manager for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, a position he has held for 25 years.

The girls are Mrs. W.S. Brown (Fanny Driskill) of Jackson, MS, (she worked in a bank in Birmingham for some years) and Mrs. Donald V. Marshall (Carrie Driskill) of Birmingham, AL. D.V. Marshall is widely known for his successful business dealings with Holiday Inn activities.

Fort Payne Fire Department and City Clerk's Office mid 1940sFort Payne Fire Department and City Clerk’s Office mid 1940s.

Mr. Driskill has held nearly all the offices in the Masonic Lodge and there are many men in Fort Payne that have learned Masonry from Mr. Driskill. He is a conscientious worker in the First Methodist Church and has been a steward for more than forty years.

Mr. Driskill does not look his age of 75. He has had no serious illness, except influenza. Until he was 49 years old, he never had a doctor call on him. His chief hobby is playing checkers. And he is still laughing over a game he played and won in Daytona Beach, FL, last year when he and Mrs. Driskill were visiting their son, Bill. The Driskills have lived in the home they live in now since 1915. The lawns and the flowers are wonderfully kept. Mrs. Driskill looks after the flowers which she loves. Mr. Driskill takes no interest in the flowers, except to enjoy their beauty. But he looks after the vegetable garden. He said that no plow has been in his garden for ten years. He digs the soil with a fork.

source: http://files.usgwarchives.org/al/dekalb/newspapers/gnw326charlesl.txt

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