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Sep. 6,1900 - March 19, 1975 — Texas and Florida
Charles Edward Nolan was the son of Edward Arnold Nolan of Tennessee and Margaret Knox Fleming, from Ireland. Edward Arnold Nolan was an Archirect as was Charles E. Nolan and Charles E.Nolan Jr. Though his early years were in Indiana and Nebraska, he grew up in Miami, Florida. He swam in the bay and knew the son of an Indian Chief in the Everglades. He could fish, swim and cook with the best of them.
Charlie, as he liked to be called, apprentanced to several construction trades before Architecture. You could say he had a Masters in Architecture without a College Degree. In 1918, he volunteered for WWI on July 31, 1918 and after training at Corpus Christi, TX, he went to France as a member of Company D, 5th Engineer Regiment. His only problem in the Army was mumps while at Corpus. He came back on the same ship as President Wilson and was stationed in Washington and Ft Belvoir, before discharge.
After the war he resumed his training he went back to live in Miami. In 1926, he lived near Alice Bernice Davis and married her in Ocala, FL on January 31, 1927. They were married verry quickly because of a bet. Alices brother, a grocerer, bet she could not marry Charlie in the next 30 days. They made it, and the brother said they ate better than him for that month.
Soon after this he moved to Midland, TX. His father is thought to have wanted an office in Texas, and may have gone with them to set up an office. Also in Midland at that time were some Davis' who may have been kin to Alice. The Depression ended Edwards thoughts of offices in Texas. Edward was found with his wife and daughters in Tyler Texas in 1930. Charlie's sons were born there during the 1930's. During the depression, he worked as an electrican, fireman and Architect. In 1936 he was elected Worshipful Master of the Midland Masonic Lodge and reversed a downward trend of membership, and all in all had a very good vear.
In 1940, he went back to FL to work with his father. This did not work out, and he soon returned to FT Worth, TX to work for the Federal Housing Administration as an inspector. With the outbreak of WWII he was offered a warrent officers rank in the CB's but at 42 with three children, he decided to stay home. During the war he worked and traveled for the FHA. In 1948, he went to work for a contractor in Pampa, TX as an Architect.
In 1950, he went to work for the VA in Lubbock, TX as Chief Architect so that his sons could go to college at Texas Tech. In 1955, he was a Democrate and lost his position as chief Architect, when the Republicans, won office with Eisenhower. He said he was fired by Ike. He opened an Architectual office in Lubbock, and made much more money than he did with the government. In 1964, his last son graduated from Texas Tech. In 1965, he had a heart attack. This caused him to retire, and he and his wife moved to Lake Placid, FL where she wanted to live. Charlie lived, and fished there for ten years till his death in 1975.
He had been a soldier, an electrican, a master mason, a carpenter, and an architect. He was in the Masonic Lodge in Midland rising to the rank of Past Master. Later he was in the lodge and Shrine in Lubbock. He was a member of the Methodist church. On his marker, he requested that it say only PVT, WWI. He is buried in Lake Placid, beside his Alice. We wonder what he would have thought if he had known his Grandfather was a Texas Ranger and Civil War veteran.
The Following was taken from page 64 of One Hundred days of Masonry In Midland. by Sam E. Hilburn, P.G.M.. I tells of Charlie's time as the Worshipful Master of the Midland, Texas Masonic Lodge. 1936-1936: David M. Ellis was Worshipful Master of the Lodge this Masonic year. He became a Master Mason January 12, 1928 in Midland Lodge. Known as "Doc" to everyone, he was a chiropractor with an active practice in Midland from 1924 to 1947 when he retired from the profession, he was active in all the York Rite bodies, qualifying himself for membership York Cross of Honor. At the beginning of the 1935-1936 year, the report of the auditing commit-e indicated a balance of $1,374.74 in the General Fund and $388.06 in the Charity Fund. The committee commented on the condition of the Lodge as follows: "We congratulate the Lodge on its excellent financial condition, not so much on the cash balances, but because of the fact that all property, furniture and fixtures are paid for, and there are no notes or bills payable." As we look back, we must agree with the committee. Times had been hard, and the country was just recovering from the hardships of a great depression, Many Lodges ceased to exist during the early thirties because members couldn't afford to pay their dues. But the pionner spirit and rugged individualism continued to live on in the hearts of Midland Masons. They were proud men, content to sustain themselves by their own abilities, and asking nothing of anyone or anything. At the Stated Meeting of January 23,1936, a letter from Marvin K. Jones : Chicago was read advising the Lodge that he had in his possession a banquet napkin of Midland Lodge with the date of Friday, June 24, 1887, and ;king if the Lodge was interested in having it. The Lodge, of course was interested and informed Mr. Jones of that interest. After being informed by Goodner Driver that the napkin had been received by the Lodge, the author finally located it in "the rubbish of the Temple." It is a cherished souvenir of the first banquet held by the Lodge, and which has been described in earlier ages of this history. It is assumed that the above mentioned Marvin Jones was a descendent of an early member, which accounted for the fact that the napkin was in his possession. Membership at the end of the 1935-1936 year again dropped — a decrease of seven to 190. Suspensions for N.P.D. and demissions again more than offset the gains. 1936-1937: The new Worshipful Master was Charles E. Nolan who received his Master's Degree May 27, 1929. His occupation was that of Architect. The Lodge this year observed its 50th anniversary. One-hundred thirty four (134) Masons attended a special meeting on December 16,1936 for this purpose. Past Grand Master Guinn Williams made the principal address on le subject. "Service to Our Fellowman." Two Master's Degrees were also conferred on this occasion, in addition to a banquet held in the lower room of the building. One of the degrees was conferred by J.H. Knowles, introduced by the Master of Ceremonies as "The Old War Horse." The meeting started at 4:30 P.M. and ended at 10:30 P.M. The oldest member of the Lodge, Bro. John Tolbert, was introduced and given special recognition. He as raised December 3,1887 and had been a member of Midland Lodge nee that time. He served as Tiler 1894-95 and Junior Warden 1895-96. On this occasion he was seventy-eight years of age. He died at the age of eighty and was buried in Midland. Thirty-two Lodges and six Grand Jurisdictions were represented at this fifty-year anniversary observance. Charlie both raised the membership reversing the previous downward trend and held the 50th Anniversary.