Charles R. ‘Charley’ Bell, was the son of Thomas Thodore Bell and Harriet Dull. He was born in 1868 and died at the age of 32 in 1901. Charley did a great deal of traveling as a train conductor and has been remembered by my family and our Bell cousins as a favored uncle who wrote regularly to his family members in Monroe. He was married to Lillian Miller in 1890 and they had three girls together; Lilian, Gertrude, Charley Mae and a son Harvey Allen.
Charles R. Bell to his cousin Georgiana Van Emburgh
Tucson, Arizona December 27, 1887 to Monroe, Louisiana
I thought I would drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope thus to find the same with you all. I wrote to you sometime since but have not received an answer yet.
I send you a photo today for you and your mother also one for Aunt [Elizabeth Dul] but I forgot to put it in mas envelope and it is so far up town and it is late So I will ask you to hand it to her
X mas was dull with me as I was on the road all day but hope it was livelier with you all