Winslow and his wife, thirty-nine-year-old Lizabeth
Winslow, married in Brainerd, Minnesota in 1883 and
by 1903 had settled in a small town in northwest
Minnesota with their sixteen-year-old son, Carl.
Called Thief River or TRF, Thief River Falls is
seventy miles south of the U.S.-Canada border at the
juncture of two rivers, Red Lake and Thief. The
town's unusual name comes
from a property dispute in the 1800s between the
Dakota and Ojibwe Indian tribes. By 1903 the town
was bustling with the business of wheat shipping and
lumber mills. As a salesman for the Thief River
Falls Lumber company, Charles was in the thick of
The day before Christmas in 1903 Charles traveled by
train to his mother’s home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
near Milwaukee. Charles’s father had
passed in 1881 and perhaps Charles didn’t like for
his mother to be alone on Christmas. He was the
oldest son of seven children and with a couple of
his siblings living in Stevens Point. A holiday
gathering at his mother’s home may have been a
Charles had business in
Chicago and apparently decided to take in a play
while there. newspapers did not report as to
the identity of his theater companions, if any.
Charles was active
in the Minnesota Masonic fraternal organization and
many of his fellow Masons turned out for his
Iroquois fatality, Charles E. Winslow (1860-1903),
was born in Wisconsin.
“Lizabeth” “Eliza” Boehm Winslow (1861-1937),
Charles’s wife, was born in Minnesota. By 1920
Lizabeth had remarried, to Fred J. Rosenthal
(1860-1924). They lived in Decorah, Iowa. At his
death, widowed again, Lizabeth rented a room at the
Walter Mall household in Decorah.
Carl Henry Winslow (1887-1961), Charles’s son, was
born in Wisconsin. He married a Wisconsin native
named Florence M. Winslow and tried his hand at real
estate and accounting. By 1920 Carl lived in
California and became a rancher in Yuba. He and
Florence had one son named Samuel (b. 1919) and were
divorced before 1930.
Charles's late father was Jay
Burt Winslow (1832-1881), a civil war veteran in the
Clarinda Agnes Allen Winslow (1836-1924) was
Charles’s mother. She lived in Stevens Point,
Wisconsin, as did some of Charles’s siblings.