Charles Martel Werts

Male 1876 - 1946


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  • Born  18 Oct 1876  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  4 Jan 1946  Des Moines, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2445  Virts
    Last Modified  16 Dec 2015 

    Father  John Jackson Werts,   b. 6 Feb 1831, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1901, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Esther Ann Wymer,   b. 18 Sep 1837, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1912, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Aug 1854  Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F926  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Helen Lee Garner,   b. 2 Sep 1888, Ashland, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1973, Coos Bay, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Wilburn Garner,   b. 27 Feb 1919, Tampa, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1962, Coos Bay, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F1259  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Grace Clarke,   d. Abt 1954, Pottstown, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Jul 1902  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  24 Jul 2014 
    Family ID  F1260  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts
    Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts
    left to right: Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts

    Sons of John Jackson Werts and Esther Ann Wymer

    John Quincy was born June 25, 1855 in Zanesville, Ohio and died April 1, 1953 in Canton, Wisconsin. He married Melviana Davies April 2, 1879. She was born November 15, 1855 in Russell, Iowa and died April 9, 1906 in Russell, Iowa. He then married Mary McClellan on July 4, 1907. She was born November 15, 1857 in Edinburg, Virginia and died January 20, 1936 in Canton, Wisconsin. All three are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Alfred Riley was born August 17, 1860 in Muskingum County Ohio and died July 30, 1935 in Russell, Iowa. He married Ida Goble on June 17, 1885. She was born December 19, 1867 and died August 15, 1942 in Russell. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Jacob Leonard was born March 3, 1862 in Muskingum County, Ohio and died March 16, 1944 in Garland, Wyoming. He married Margaret Jane Robinson on March 26, 1884. She was born September 21, 1862 in St. Charles, Iowa and died November 21, 1943 in Garland, Wyoming.

    Clifton Elmer was born October 12, 1868 in Russell, Iowa and died December 11, 1943 in Bartow, Florida. He married Clara Mae McCoy on March 14, 1889. She was born November 17, 1869 in Lagrange, Iowa and died March 26, 1950 in Chariton, Iowa. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Charles Martel was born October 18, 1876 in Russell, Iowa and died January 4, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa. He married Mary Grace Clark on June 21, 1902. He then married Helen Lee Garner. She was born September 2, 1888 in Ashland, Illinois and died November 5, 1973 in Coos Bay, Oregon. Charles is buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.
    Oliver Osmond was born November 17, 1878 in Russell, Iowa and died December 20, 1956 in Russell, Iowa. He married Grace Imogene Prather on January 8, 1902. She was died on July 20, 1957 in Russell, Iowa. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Photo courtesy of Sharon Lyn Amore


    Albums
    John Jackson Werts and Margaret Maple
    John Jackson Werts and Margaret Maple (6)

  • Notes 
    • Charles attended Parsons College for one year then finished his Bachelors degree at the Univ. of Iowa. He continued there, receiving his Master and Doctor of Medicine degrees in 1902. Upon graduation he married Mary G. Clark (known as "Mame") at Russell, IA. To obtain the best education in his specialty of eye, ear, nose and throat diseases, he studied in Leipzig and Vienna before returning to Des Moines, IA, to practice. He returned to Europe later for further study. Mame moved to Pottstown, PA in the early 1920

      s and lived apart from Charles for the rest of their lives. Charles practiced medicine in Des Moines for 40 years. Throughout his practice, he provided his brothers and sisters and all their children and grandchildren whatever treatment he could without charge. If the relatives lived outside Des Moines he even opened his home to them for later periods of recovery from surgery. Charles was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, the Capitol Lodge, the Des Moines Club, and several professional medical organizations. Charles died of leukemia.

      Russell Union Tribune, January 10, 1946

      Charles Martel Werts, son of John Jackson and Esther Ann Werts, was born near Russell, Iowa on the 18th of October, 1876 and died in Des Moines, Iowa January 4th, 1946.

      His early years were spent on a farm two miles southwest of Russell. He attended the Ragtown Country School and Russell High School and had one year at Parsons College. He then decided to study medicine and went to Iowa City where he spent six years at the State University and graduated in June 1902 with the degrees: B.S., M.S. and M.D.

      He was married in July of that year to Mary Grace Clarke of Des Moines and they set sail at once for Europe, where he spent a year in study at Leipzig and Vienna, specializing in diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. On their return to this country he began practicing his profession in Des Moines, where he conscientously served humanity for over 40 years.

      He confessed his faith in Christ and accepted Him as his Saviour when about 16 years of age and united with the Russell Presbyterian Church. Later, he transferred his membership to Central Presbyterian Church of Des Moines. He was a member of the Capitol Lodge, the Des Moines Club and a number of medical organizations.

      He went back to Europe when he felt the need for more study to keep him abreast of the times in his profession.

      Dr. Werts retired from his practice three and one half years ago because of ill health and finally succumbed to the dread disease, Leukemia.

      A private funeral service was held January 7th at the Dunn Funeral Home in Des Moines, conducted by the Rev. L. M. Grigsby.