Charley Gruett

18 March 1879–16 February 1953 (Age 73)
Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Charley

When Charley Gruett was born on 18 March 1879, in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Carl Friedrich Ferdinand Gruett, was 52 and his mother, Henrietta Gaulke, was 37. He married Lawretta Schmidt on 30 March 1905, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. He died on 16 February 1953, at the age of 73, and was buried in Brookfield, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States.

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Charley Gruett
Lawretta Schmidt
Marriage: 30 March 1905

Spouse and Children


    Lawretta Schmidt


30 March 1905
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Carl Friedrich Ferdinand Gruett


    Henrietta Gaulke





    Minna Gritt


    August Gruett


    Elisabeth "Lizzie" Gruett


    Emil Gruett


+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 4

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 21

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

South German (Brütt): unexplained.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Charles Gritt in household of Charles Gritt, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Charles Frederich Gruett, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"
  • Charles Fredrich Gruett, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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