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Charles Augustus STRAUB
Louisa Regina WEX
Husband:  Charles Augustus STRAUB
Birth:  29 Mar 1863, Sheldon, Wyoming Co., NY
Death:  aft. 1930 census
Migration-1: 1865, parents moved to Oil Creek, [Venago Co.,] PA
Occupation:  oilman
Office:  Justice of the Peace
Politics:  Democrat
Religion:  Roman Catholic
Fraternal:  Modern Woodmen of America; Knights of the Maccabees 
Father:  Augustus B. STRAUB
Mother:  Mary Jane KUSTER
Marriage:  1890, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY
Migration-2: 1901, moved to Chanute, Neosho Co., KS
Migration-3: 1911, moved to Moran, Allen Co., KS
Wife:  Louisa / Louise Regina WEX
Birth:  Apr 1866, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY
Death:  aft. 1930 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Capt. Peter WEX
Mother:  Louisa DOMEDION
born in PA, presumably in Rouseville Borough, Venango Co., PA:
1.  Evelyn L. STRAUB, b. Jun 1895; m. Ira P. EDWARDS; lived Moran, Allen Co., KS
2.  Peter Wex STRAUB, b. 23 Dec 1898
3.  Helen M. STRAUB, b. 1900/1

born in KS, presumably in Chanute City, Neosho Co., KS:
4.  Ruth Catherine STRAUB, b. Apr 1909

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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1900 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #4 of 11):  Rouseville Borough, Venango Co., PA, Roll 1490 (Book 2), p. 74B, SH 2B, SD 15, ED 138, enumerated 1 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
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43 44 Straub Chas A Head W M Mch 1863 37 M 8     NY FL NY Oil Producer 0 Y Y Y O F H
    Straub Louise Wife W F Apr 1866 34 M 8 2 2 NY NY NY     Y Y Y      
    Straub Evlin ? Daughter W F Jun 1895 4 S       PA NY NY                
    Straub Peter W Son W M Dec 1898 1 S       PA NY NY                

3.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #86 of 92):  422 South Central Avenue, Chanute City (Ward 4), Neosho Co., KS, Roll T624_451 (Part 1), p. 159A, SN 49A, SD 1, ED 199, enumerated 14 May 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 20 23 24 25 26 27 28
* 422 945 974 Straub Charles A Head M W 47 M1 17     New York Florida New York Eng Oil Producer Emp Y Y   O M H
      ______ Louise W Wife F W 44 M1 17 4 4 New York Ger German New York Eng None   Y Y        
      ______ Evelyn L Dau F W 14 S       Penna New York New York Eng None   Y Y Y      
      ______ Peter W Son M W 11 S       Penna New York New York Eng None   Y Y Y      
      ______ Helen M Dau F W  9 S       Penna New York New York   None       Y      
      ______ Ruth C? Dau F W 11/12 S       Kansas New York New York   None              
*South Central Avenue

4.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 5):  Kissimmee City (Campbell Station, Pct. 8), Osceola Co., FL, Roll T625_229 (Book 1), p. 5B, SN 5B, SD 44, ED 126, enumerated 10 Mar 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Fm 14 Straub C A Head O F M W 57 M N Y Y Pennsylvania Florida   Pennsylvania   Y Farmer Truck OA
    ______ L W Wife     F W 54 M N Y Y New York Holland Dutch Holland Dutch Y None    
    ______ P W Son     M W 21 S N Y Y Pennsylvania Pennsylvania   New York   Y None    
    ______ Helen M Dau     F W 19 S Y Y Y Pennsylvania Pennsylvania   New York   Y None    
    ______ Ruth C Dau     F W 10 S Y Y Y Kansas Pennsylvania   New York   Y None    

5.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 43 indexed "Straup"):  422 Main St., Kissimmee City, Osceola Co., FL, Roll 327 (Book 2), p. 1B, SN 1B, ED 49-1, SD 5, enumerated 2 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
* 422 15 15 Straub Charles A Head O $3000 R N M W 67 M 29 N Y NY At Sea NY Y Oil man owner oil company E Y   N
      ______ Louis W Wife         F W 64 M 26 N Y NY Ger NY Y None          
      Kritz Hellen S Dau         F W 29 S 22 N Y PA NY NY Y None          
      Kritz James M S-in-law         M W 35 S 27 N Y NC Ger NC Y Auto Mechanic At Garage W N 7 N
*Main St

6.  William E. Connelley.  1918.  A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans.  Vol. V.  Lewis Publ. Co., Chicago:
p. 2429 Charles A. Straub, a veteran oil worker in Western Pennsylvania, came to Kansas about the opening of the fields in the southern part of this state, and in recent years has become the responsible factor in developing much of the oil and gas interests in and around Moran, where he resides. Mr. Straub is manager, secretary and treasurer of the Eastern Kansas Oil Company, Limited, whose home and headquarters are in Moran.

Mr. Straub was born at Sheldon, Wyoming County, New York, March 29, 1863.  His father, A.B. Straub, was born in 1838 and by the accident of birth is a native of Florida.  The grandfather, who was born in 1810, in Germany, emigrated to America and landed at one of the ports of Florida, and soon afterwards his oldest child, A.B., was born.  The family soon came North and located in the Town of

p. 2430 Sheldon, New York, where Grandfather Straub built and for many years was proprietor of the Sheldon Hotel.  He died there in 1893.  A.B. Straub had no conscious recollections of his native State of Florida, but in recent years has spent his winters at St. Petersburg in that state.  He grew up in the Town of Sheldon, New York, was married there, and for a number of years was associated with his father in the management of the Sheldon Hotel.  In 1865 he moved to Oil Creek, Pennsylvania.  He had some interesting associations with the pioneer oil industry of that state, and most of his sons have at one time or another been oil men. A.B. Straub had a hotel and he also owned three large barges which were used in transporting freight up and down Oil Creek.  Just above the creek from the scene of his former operations he bought the McClintock homestead, a residence and three acres of land, and he now spends his summers on that estate, at the Town of Rouseville.  Two of his sons and a daughter have also built homes on the three acres of ground.  A.B. Straub is a democrat, a member of the Catholic Church and is affiliated with the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association.  He married Mary J. Kuster, who was born at Strykersville, Pennsylvania, in 1841. Charles A. Straub is the oldest of their large family of children. Henry Frank is an oil producer living at Titusville, Pennsylvania, and has an oil lease at Pioneer, Pennsylvania.  Andrew Thomas has oil productions at Rouseville, Pennsylvania.  William J. is an oil producer on the old Rynd farm near Rouseville.  George T. is a resident of Rouseville, and has oil properties near Franklin. Clara B. is the wife of D.J. Cavanaugh, manager of the German Refining Company at Rouseville.  Lena married Thomas Leroux, a blacksmith of Rouseville, Mr. Leroux being successor to the business once owned by his uncle, Thomas Leroux, who was the pioneer blacksmith at Rouseville.

Charles A. Straub grew up from early infancy in Western Pennsylvania.  He attended the Rynd farm school and also the public schools of Rouseville.  His environment from boyhood was the oil fields and their attendant activities in Western Pennsylvania.  He took to the oil business as naturally as a boy on the seacoast takes to the sea.  When he was twenty-four years of age he invested all the capital he had, $50, as a first instalment for a string of drilling tools and started out as an oil well driller.  In that work he followed the fields along Oil Creek and around Oil City and had finally acquired an equipment of three strings of tools and was doing an extensive business as a contractor.  He also did some oil production on his own account.

Mr. Straub came to Chanute, Kansas, in 1901.  Until 1909 he was field manager for the Kansas Crude Oil and Gas Company.  In the latter year he bought out the interests of this company, but sold them in 1911 and removed to Moran.  At Moran he acquired a three-eighth interest in the Eastern Kansas Oil Company, Limited. This is both a producing and refining company.  It has gas productions south of Moran, oil productions east of Moran, and operated its refinery three miles east of the town.  The refinery has a capacity of 800 barrels a day.  The gas produced by the company is sold to the Prime Western Smelter Company.  The offices of the company are in Moran at the corner of Randolph and Spruce streets.

Mr. Straub has been very successful in business and has property both in Kansas and in the State of Florida.  In Florida he owns 2,000 acres of land, 400 acres in Osceola County and 1,600 acres in Polk County.  He has a half interest in 400 acres of farm land in Kansas and owns one of the attractive residences in Moran at the corner of Spruce and Church streets.

In politics Mr. Straub is an independent democrat.  While living at Rouseville, Pennsylvania, he served as justice of the peace.  He is a member of the Catholic Church and is affiliated with Oil City Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America and with the Knights of the Maccabees at Oil City.

In 1890 at Buffalo, New York, he married Miss Louisa Virginia Wex.  Her father, the late Capt. Peter Wex, was for a number of years commander of a steamboat on Lake Erie.  Mr. and Mrs. Straub have four children:  Evelyn is the wife of Ira P. Edwards, residing at Moran.  Mr. Edwards is chief clerk for the Eastern Kansas Oil and Gas Company, Limited.  Peter W. is in the second year of high school, Helen is a freshman in high school, and the youngest, Ruth Catherine, is in the grammar school.

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