Charles E. Gleason, daughter Bertha P. Gleason, 8 North 50 West

In 1870 Hancock County, Illinois, Charles Gleason is 15, with father John S. Gleason 38 a blacksmith born in Indiana, and Sarah 36 born in Pennsylvaina. Emma is 11, Edgar 10, Anna 6, John 4, and Benjamin 1.

Charles E. Gleason married Emily E. Turner on October 12, 1876 in McDonough County, Illinois.

In 1880 Warren County, Illinois, Chas is farming,, with Emma both 24, and Ella M. 1. Chareles' brother Benjamin 11 is with them.

Emily Elizabeth Gleason 1857-1900 is buried in Sterling # 54969457.
January 26, 1900

In 1900 Snyder, Morgan County, Colorado, Bertha P. Gleason born March 1881 in Illinois, is a sales lady at a dry goods store. She's boarding with the store owners David and Hattie Boyd.
She is also in the Logan County 1900 census, teaching music, with widowed father Charles E. Gleason born Augu 1855 in Illinois, a railroad grade worker. Carrie B. born May 1882 in Illinois, Charles A. Dec 1884 Illinois, Grace E. August 1887 Illinois, and Reginald E. July 1896 Colorado.

July 6, 1900 "Miss Bertha Gleason, salesman in Boyd & Huston's store at Snyder, returned there this morning after a brief visit at home."


Bertha claimed a quarter in section 29, 8N 50W in 1910.

The Logan County 1910 census has Bertha, 29, born in Illinois, a music teacher, living with father Charles E. Gleason 54, born in Illinois, a farmer. Reginald is 13, born in Colorado.

Bertha P. Gleason and Arthur Ragatz both graduated from Denver University in 1911.

Bertha P. "Glesson" married "Benjiman" J. Ragatz on April 25, 1912, recorded in Logan County.

In 1920 Benjamin is deputy county clerk, with Bertha P. 38 and Oswald G. 2, living in township 8N 52W.

In 1930 Logan County, Bertha is 49, with deputy county clerk Benjamin Ragatz, 58 born in Michigan. They have Oswald 12 born in Colorado.

Bertha Gleason Ragatz 1881-1958 is buried in Sterling. # 54859533.
On the same stone is Benjamin J. Ragatz 1871-1965 and Myrtle Munjoy Ragatz 1880-1909.

The Organ Department of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music honors the legacy of Professor Emeritus Dr. Oswald Gleason Ragatz, who led the Jacobs School organ department for over 40 years and died earlier this year. Prominent Chicago area keyboardist David Schrader (MM '76, DM '87), a former student of Dr. Ragatz, said, "I earned most of a master's degree and all of a doctorate under the conscientious tutelage of Dr. Oswald G. Ragatz. I…immediately enjoyed his down-to-earth rationales for approaching the organ. His thorough syllabus has taught many fine organists-Ozzie enjoyed teaching. If I was a bit of a black sheep in IU's department, he never let me know it and befriended me during a difficult period in my life. I shall always be grateful to him for his humor, grace, and solicitude. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!"

Oswald Ragatz, Professor Emeritus of Music, was born October 30, 1917, the son of Bertha (Gleason) and Benjamin Ragatz.  He grew up in Sterling, Colorado, where he graduated as valedictorian from high school in 1935. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Denver University, the Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Additional graduate study was done in New York City at the Julliard School of Music and the Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music. While in Denver, he played oboe in the Denver Civic Symphony and was organist at Broadway Baptist Church.

Dr. Ragatz came to Indiana University in 1942 as instructor of Organ and Theory.  Over the ensuing years, the Organ Department, with a faculty of four, grew to include as many as fifty-five organ majors, both undergraduate and graduate.  When he retired after forty-one years as Chairman of the Organ Department at Indiana University, over seventy of his graduates held teaching posts in institutions of higher learning.  Many former students also hold important positions in churches in the United States and abroad.  He also had brief teaching posts at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 

As a concert artist he was heard in nearly every state in the Union as well as in Europe and the Far East. In addition to teaching and concertizing, Dr. Ragatz held posts as organist-choirmaster in Rochester and Scarsdale, New York, and in Indiana, including ten years at First Methodist Church and twenty-five years at First Presbyterian Church, both in Bloomington. He was consultant for new organs in numerous churches throughout the Midwest.  He wrote Organ Technique: A Basic Course of Study, a widely used text/anthology published by the Indiana University Press and republished by T.I.S. Music publishers.

After his retirement in 1983, Dr. Ragatz continued his interest in musical pursuits, and he wrote two mystery novels, published by Authorhouse.   He was active in the First Christian Church in Bloomington and served on the board of directors at the Center for University Ministries for a number of years.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise (Christena), by a daughter, Kathryn Anne, and grandsons, Michael and Brooke.   His living descendents include his daughter Elizabeth (Beth/Christa) Christena Ragatz (and husband, Jack Van Der Wege) of Burnsville, MN, Gary Allen Ragatz (and wife, Paula) of Danville, IN, Gail Annette Ragatz (and partner, Mary Duncan), of McConnelsville, OH, Gina Alice Dubyak (and husband, Bruce), of Stuart, FL, Steven Andrew Ragatz (and wife, Lisa), of Bloomington, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Carrie B. Glason married William E. Patterson on March 8, 1903, recorded in Logan County.

Carrie B. Gleason Patterson 1882-1952 is buried in Sterling # 54953478, with William E. Patterson 1877-1962.


Charles Arthur Gleason 1884-1908 is buried in Sterling # 54969464.


Reginald E. Gleason married Beulah B. Saunier in Sterling on Decenber 22, 1915. Performed by Methodist minister Rollin H. Ayers.

Beulah B. Sanniers was in Logan County in 1900, born March 1894 in Colorado, with August S. 32 Ohio, Nellie J. 24 Colorado, and Mry A. 5 Colorado.

In 1930 Reginald is a garage proprietor in Holyoke, Colorado, 33, with Beulah 36 Charles E. 6, Betty J. 2, all born in Colorado. They have two roomers, nurses at the hospital.

Beulah and Reginald are in Holyoke for the 1940 census, and when he registered for WWII.
Reginald E. Gleason 1896-1952 # 57853257 and Beulah Bell (Saunier) Gleason 1894-1975 are buried in Sterling.

Mary Alice Aanes 1895-1975 is buried in Fort Collins # 20553497, with Hans G. 1888-1964.

1960 Lincoln Nebraska "Here from Branford, Conn., are Mrs. Charles E. Gleason (Shirley Staats) and children, Douglas, Stephen and Deborah, who are spending a month with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Douglas Staats. En route to Lincoln, Mrs. Gleason stopped at French Lick, Ind., for an overnight stay at the Alpha Chi Omega Diamond Jubilee convention. Before returning to Connecticut, the family will travel to Holyoke, Colo., to visit Mrs. Gleason's mother- in-law, Mrs. Reginald E. Gleason."

In 1966 Branford Connecticut, Beulah B. Widow of Reginald E. is living at 9 Sunset Beach Road.

Charles Edwin Gleason, a dentist born August 29, 1923 in Colorado, died in Branford March 13, 1994, spouse Shirley.

Betty Jean Gleason married Charles Thomas Gleason on June 14, 1951 in Phillips County, Colorado.
April 29, 1951 Indianapolis "The marriage of Miss Betty Jean Gleason. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Edwin Gleason of Holyoke, Col., and Charles Thomas Gloason, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Gleason, 3720 North Pennsylvania Street, will take place on June 11 in the First Presbyterian Church at Holyoke. The bride-elect, who received a master's degree in music is teaching at the Oklahoma Baptist University, at Shawnee, Okla. The bridegroom-to-be was graduated from Indiana University School of Law. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Mr. and Mrs. Gleason and their daughter, Florence will go from here to the wedding. Florence will be a bridesmaid."

Betty Jean Gleason an organist, widow of Charles T. Gleason, born August 9, 1927 at Sterling, daughter of Reginald Gleason and Beulah DeSellen, died October 10, 1991 in Indianapolis, to be interred at Crown Hill, Indianapolis.

Charles Thomas Gleason, age 89 who practiced law for 51 years and having served two terms as Judge of the Speedway Magistrate Court, passed away October 10, 2016. He was a faithful member of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church since 1941.
He was born February 5, 1927 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Charles F. and Grace E. Gleason. The family moved to Indianapolis in 1940. He graduated in 1944 from Shortridge High School. He enrolled at Purdue University and initiated into Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. In 1945 during World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge in 1946 as a Yeoman Third Class. He matriculated at Indiana University, Bloomington, and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business.
During his undergraduate years he participated in "Phi Delt" intramural sports, Skull and Crescent Sophomore Honorary, a member of the Indiana University track team as a "walk-on" and received his "I" letter. "Chuck", to which he was commonly referred, never lost his avid interest in sports, always amazing his friends with his encyclopedic recall of sports figures of the past.
He entered the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington and then transferred to the I.U. law school at Indianapolis, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, received his law degree, admitted to the Indiana bar in December, 1952, and was qualified to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
He was a co-founding partner of the law firm Ober, Tuohy and Gleason. The firm later merged with Schortemeier, Eby and Wood, which changed its name to Wood, Tuohy, Gleason, Mercer and Herrin. Having no male siblings, Chuck considered Jim Tuohy and Bill Wood as his "brothers". He retired from the practice of law in 1995.
Mr. Gleason devoted much of his career to public service. He was appointed by Prosecutor Frank Fairchild as a deputy county prosecutor and was re-appointed by John G. Tinder. Subsequently, he served as attorney for the Indianapolis Board of Zoning Appeals and as a Referee of the Marion County Juvenile Court.
On April 13, 1965, Governor Roger Branigan appointed and re-appointed Judge Gleason to the Speedway Magistrate Court. During his two terms, Judge Gleason took particular interest in working with prosecutors and defense attorneys in giving positive direction to troubled youths. His colleagues called him "Good Charlie" Gleason.
Judge Gleason was appointed Vice-Chairman and Hearing Judge of the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission on February 11, 1969 by Governor Edgar Whitcomb and thereafter appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Uniform Commercial Code by Secretary of State, William Salin. He served as Deputy Corporation Counsel of Indianapolis from 1971 to 1976.
Judge Gleason served his profession as a board member of the Indiana Lawyers Commission, on Region V of the Criminal Justice Planning Agency and on the Marion County Municipal Court Nominating Commission.
He was a member of Centre Lodge #23, Ancient Order of Scottish Rite and the Murat Shrine.
At Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, he taught Sunday school and served as a deacon and elder. In 1970, he became an original member of the John Knox Covenant group associated with the church. He made his Christian faith an integral part of his life and was a fervent believer in ecumenism.
Chuck maintained a life-long interest in music, particularly classical, jazz, and gospel. He had a keen interest in agro-economics and would enjoy a perfect day at Anderson Orchard in Mooresville picking apples and raspberries.
His first wife Betty "B.J." Gleason preceded Judge Gleason in death October 10, 1991. Their three children, Clint T. Gleason, Charla Jean Gleason Carey, and Todd S. Gleason (Holly) and two grandsons, Kyle S. Gleason and Matthew S. Gleason (Nicole), and great grandson, Theodore Jacob Gleason, sister, Florence "Dovey" West (Richard A.) and several nephews and nieces.
On November 28, 1998, he married Sue Roberts Fackler Gleason who survives, with his two stepchildren, Carol M. Marianangeli and Bret W. Fackler and four step-grandchildren, Justin Fackler and Evan, (Le'Chele) Brady and Emily Marinangeli and great granddaughter, Cassandra Fackler.
Family and friends will gather at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 15th at 10a.m. to 11a.m. with services following. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Leppert Mortuary/Nora Chapel. Internment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.


Grace Estella Gleason married Charles "Agustus" Patterson on September 5, 1907, recorded in Logan County.

In 1910 Logan County, Charles 25 and Grace E. 22, farming, have Margaret L. two months.

In 1920 Sterling, Charles is president of a band, 34, born in Colorado, with Grace 32, Margaret 9, and Melvin 7.

Grace Patterson married E.D. Martin on September 18, 1933, recorded in Morgan County.

Mrs. Grace Patterson married Frank Laybourn on October 17, 1939, recorded in Weld County.

Margaret 1910-1922 is buried in Sterling # 28187159, with Grace (Gleason) Laybourn 1885-1956.

1932 Greeley "Mrs. Grace Patterson, who runs the cafeteria in Greeley high school, built the modern cottage shown above, this summer. It is air conditioned. There are five rooms upstairs and a four-room apartment in the basement. The residence faces the mountains from 1418 Sixteenth avenue."

September 8, 1937 Greeley "Mrs. Ollie L. Laybourn, 65 years old. wife of Frank Laybourn of Windsor, died in Greeley Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Laybourn was a member of a pioneer family of the Poudre valley. She was born at La Porte above Fort Collins on July 6, 1872. Mrs. Laybourn is survived by her husband, by two daughters, Mrs. Elsie Jackson of Shreveport, La., and Mrs. Helen Patton of Greeley; by two sisters, Mrs. Fred C'rane of Windsor, and Mrs. Jessie Harding of Windsor, and by a brother, Charles Peterson, of Windsor. Funeral services will be from the Sattley funeral home in Greeley at 2."
Frank 1866-1952 is buried in Windsor # 64886872, with Ollie 1872-137.

September 10, 1956 "Mrs. Grace Laybourn, formerly of Greeley, died Sunday at Sterling where she had been making her home for the past year. She resided with her brother-in-law and sister. Mrs. Laybourn owned a home in Greeley at 1418 Sixteenth avenue.
Her husband, Frank Laybourn, died in October, 1952. Mrs. Laybourn was a member of the First Methodist church of Greeley, and of Circle A of WSCS.
Surviving is a son, R. M. Patterson of 1127 South Gaylord, Denver. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday morning from the First Melhodist church of Sterling."

Charles A. Patterson married Eunice B. Purmort on June 22, 1922, recorded in Boulder.

Charles is buried in Denver 1885-1968 # 67241921, with Eunice 1897=1977.

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