Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Introduction: A History of the Weird, Fascinating, & Captivatingly Bizarre Relationships Between Fathers and Sons

This is not a story about a dysfunctional family. It’s the story of two families and how they were rescued by fathers who loved their sons enough to take them as their own, no matter what. In each case it was just one man with his son or sons (but not family members) in tow and leaving behind everything else he’d ever known…and not just his job, but an entire family and home.
As we observe Father’s Day, it’s time to pause, reflect and give thanks to fathers who have taken the time to nurture and care for their sons, despite having little or no experience at being a father. If nothing else, these men are heroic.
It takes real courage for a man to see beyond his own self-interests and take responsibility for the well-being of another person who isn’t related by blood. And no one is more attuned to our genetic inheritance than fathers, because they have zero choice over the DNA they’re born with.

charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law
charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law

What is Charismatic Charlie Wade?

Charismatic Charlie Wade is a man who created his family as he went. He decided in his early thirties that he’d rather make his own family than wait for one to fall into place. So he gathered men who would be willing to live with him and act as his sons, which was no easy task. Three of his sons left him a few years later and Charlie lived alone for over ten years after that. His eccentricity and spunk made it difficult for people to take him seriously and even at the end of his life, he wasn’t taken very seriously by everyone. But the reality was that Charlie was not only one of the most loving fathers on earth, but also one of the most unusual men as well. He was an adventurer, a rebel, and he had the heart of a poet. The story of Charlie Wade is both beautiful and tragic at the same time, and it’s one that you will hear often in Appalachia.
Charlie [Charlie Wade] was born in 1937 on his father’s farm in Tennessee. He was an only child. The family lived there until his dad died when Charlie was eleven years old. Leaving him to live with his mother who ran a small store. Charlie desired to be someone important, so he decided that he was going to join the military and become an officer. He was drafted into the Navy and spent three years in Japan feeling like a fish out of water.

charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law
charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law

How Did He Accidentally Become a Live In Father to His Younger Brother’s Wife?

Charlie Wade was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and went to college in the midwest at a college in Iowa. He had two older brothers and a younger sister. At that time his family was very close and Charlie’s father, William Wade, was their primary caregiver. One day when Charlie was thirteen years old, his father took him to Ames, Iowa to visit his father’s friend Bill Broome who had married Charlie’s sister Barbara. Bill Broome said that he had no fatherly advice to offer, but that he and his wife would be willing to let Charlie live with them if it was OK with his parents, who eventually consented. Bill Broome gave Charlie everything a family would, including a bed, meals and money. So Charlie lived with a couple for the first time.
What would you think of a couple that had raised his own father? Charlie’s impression was that they were trying to fill the hole in their lives left by his father’s death. He also had the feeling that they were patsies for Charlie’s mother. Charlie stayed with the Broomes for three years, and always thought of them as his second family. Mrs. Broome was about forty years old, and Bill was about fifty-five.
When Charlie was fourteen, his mother found out he was living with the Broomes. She flew to Iowa and demanded that he come back home immediately. Bill tried to explain about Charlie’s father dying of cancer, but his mother didn’t listen.

charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law
charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law

What Happened After His Relationship With His Brother’s Wife Ended?

One day in 1945, Charlie was walking down the street when he noticed a pretty girl and stopped to talk with her. Her name was Marguerite Ault and she lived with her husband, William Ault. They struck up a conversation. Marguerite was 20 years old, but Charlie was not her first boyfriend because she’d been married before. The Ault’s lived in a college town and that meant they didn’t have children, so Charlie started sharing rides with Marguerite to work. Then one day while Marguerite was getting a haircut, Charlie noticed a scar on her head and asked if she’d gotten injured in an accident. She said no and he thought that he would never see her again.
Charlie and Marguerite began dating, but Charlie wasn’t seeing her the old way. He didn’t want to remain in a relationship with Marguerite, who was much older than him, because she had two children by her first husband so he asked her if he could stay with them while he got things ready at home. She agreed and they made plans to marry after Charlie moved into his new apartment.
When Charlie moved back to his apartment, he met a girl named Betty and asked her out. They dated for several months, but when she asked him if he was looking for a serious relationship, he had to tell her the truth about Marguerite and his plans to marry her. But when Betty heard that Charlie was marrying Marguerite’s daughter, she broke up with him. He tried to call and see Betty again, but she said that she had changed her mind and he sent her a letter.

charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law
charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law

Conclusion: Never Be Too Sure About Who You’ll Be Relating To

But he did see her again. Three years later, when Charlie was in the army and stationed at a military school in Iowa, he noticed that one of the kids he was teaching was Marguerite’s son. He asked if she could take him out of school for a few hours to go play ball with him and she agreed. Soon after that, she offered to let him live with them. It wasn’t long before Charlie and Marguerite were married and living together in the same house. Charlie’s first impressions of Marguerite were just as mistaken as his first impressions of Marguerite’s son. He thought she was a snob. She waited on him hand and foot, too attentive, too nice. And the more he saw her, the nicer and more attentive she was to him. He even began to think that maybe her son was trying to impress him with how much he could have this woman do for him. What he didn’t realize then was how much she relied on his help.

charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law
charismatic charlie wade story of a live in son in law