Charles Inman Range

Born: Feb 22, 1862
Loc: Near Lincolnville, Bloomfield Twp, Crawford Co, PA
Died:  Mar 6, 1934
Loc: Sunnydale,  King Co, WA
Cremated:  Location of ashes unknown
Occupation:  Gold Miner
Father: John P. Range
Mother: Margaret Ann Cross
Married: Oct 4, 1877 at Dayton, Columbia Co. WA
Spouse: Jennie Florence Taylor,
daughter of Mason Taylor and Jane Curtis
Marriage Photo
Children: Curtis/Philip/Margaret/Merle Allen

Marriage Certificate:
Territory of Washington
County of Columbia
This is to certify that the undersigned, a Minister of the Gospel, by authority of a License bearing date the 4 of October A. D. 1887, and issued by the State Auditor of the County of Columbia did, on the 4 day of October A. D. 1887, at the house of the Bride's Father, in the County and Territory aforesaid, join in lawful wedlock Charles I Range, of the County of Shoshone of the Territory of Idaho and Jennie T. Taylor of the County of Columbia, of the Territory of Washington, with their mutual assent, in the presence of
Mrs. Clara Ilston and G. M. Ilston as witnesses.
Witness my hand, L. N. B. Anderson
Filed & Recorded
Oct 6, 1887
J. H. Gough - Probate Judge

Newspaper Extracts:
C. I. Range, a nephew of Lytle and George Range, of this county, came down from Delta, Idaho
on his way to the Klondike gold fields.
Source: Chronicle – Dayton, WA July 1897
 In June 1901 the family was living at Valdez, Alaska
Charles I. Range departed Seattle, WA on Aug 11, 1897 aboard the steamer Eliza Anderson on his way to the Klondike gold fields. He prospected eight miles from Rampart between Little Minook valley and Hunter Creek. He determined that the entire divide between Hunter and Little Minook creek consisted of a gravel bed at least a mile wide. He called his Discovery claim IDAHO BAR, and the name was also adopted for the entire bar. The Idaho Bar miners convened on May 4 at the cabin of H.H. Honnen on No. 9 above, Little Minook. The selected H. A. Bigelow chairman, Edward Keale Keeley secretary, and John Burkman recorder for one year. They chose Range, John Folger, W. S. Harmon, P. B. Peterson and W. A. Trinke to draft the bylaws. The enacted bylaws established the discovery date as May 2, 1898, and credited both Range and Harmon with the discovery.

Before leaving for the Koyukuk, Charles Range and Scott Harmon sold to Erastus Brainerd their individual Idaho Bar claims and their joint Eliza Anderson claim on a fork off of Petersons Pup.

Range of Dayton, Washington sold Discovery, Idaho Bar, to Brainerd for $1.00 on 16 Feb. 1899. Harmon of Burke, Idaho sold his Yukon claim, Idaho Bar, to Brainerd also for $1.00 on the same day.

Also, Rampart, Little Minook creek, 3:13-14. Range and Harmon jointly sold their Eliza Anderson claim No. 1 on Range's Pup, on the left hand fork of Peterson's Pup. They apparently never returned to Rampart.
Extracted from: Prospecting and Mining Activity in the Rampart, Manly Hot Springs and Fort Gibbon Mining Districts of Alaska, 1894 to the Present Era  From the book: Alphabetical Listing of Chisana Miners and Prospectors compiled by Geoff Bleakley, National Park Service.
Range, Charles I, One of the first miners on Dan Creek in the Nizina district. In 1903 Range and his partner R. Herron worked No. 2. In 1904 Range, Tom Lynch, Charlie Schlosser, Claude Punches and Joe Morris formed the Centrifugal Mining Company and mined Dan Creek No. 5. In 1911-1912, Range again mined in the Nizina district. He was later active in the Chisana district, operating Skookum Creek No. 1 in 1914 and 1915.
Newspaper Extracts: Titusville, Crawford Co., PA

Rootville – Oct. 29 – Charley Range and family of Seattle, Wash. And Mr. and Mrs. James Cross were at
Tommy Carter’s visiting yesterday.
Source: Titusville Herald Oct. 31, 1914

Centerville - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Range and daughter Margaret of Seattle, Wash, are guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Boyle. Mr. Range, who was formerly a resident of this vicinity
has not visited her before thirty-five years.
Source: Titusville Herald Nov. 5, 1914

Centerville - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Range and daughter Margaret , who reside in Seattle, Wash., and who have been visiting relatives and friends in Eastern Crawford, where Mr. Range was born, returned to their home this week. Before their departure a farewell party was given to them in Lincolnville, of which was attended by a number of Centerville people, among he number being Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Boyle and daughter Alice. The affair was a most delightful one, the guests of honor being made to feel that the regret expressed by the Pennsylvanians over their departure was indeed sincere. All hope that Mr. Range will not let another thirty-five years pass before he and his family return east.
Source: Titusville Herald Nov. 14, 1914

Lincolnville - On Monday evening fifty-four friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Range of Seattle, Wash., gave them a reception at Shreve’s hall. Boyles Orchestra furnished the music and dancing was enjoyed until a late hour. The ladies brought well filled baskets and o’clock a lunch was served.
All who attended had a most enjoyable time.
Source: Titusville Herald Nov 17, 1914

Pleasantville - Charles Range, wife and daughter of Seattle, Wash., were the guests recently of Rev. and Mrs. Chapin. Mr. Range has made eighteen trips to Alaska, each trip being made in the following manner:
 600 miles by water, 200 miles by train, and 300 miles by dog cart. He was raised in Union City
and this was his first trip home in twenty-five years.
Source: Titusville Herald Nov 21, 1914

1870 Census: Bloomfield Twp. Crawford Co. PA
1900 Census: Seattle, Kings Co. WA
1910 Census: Lopez, San Juan Co. WA
1920 Census: Bellingham Twp. Whatcom Co. WA

Charles is also listed in the floating population
of Northern Alaska with
P.O. address as Seattle, Kings Co. WA in the 1900 census.


Death Notice: Charles I. Range
Range – Charley I., beloved husband of Jennie Range, father of Mrs. Margaret Frase
and M. A. Range. Services Thursday, 3:30 pm Home Undertaking Co
Word has been received here last week of the death of Charlie Range, a former resident in Washington.
Source: Titusville Herald March 14, 1934