The 1966 Westlake High School yearbook included a special section on the history of public schools in Westlake LA. Many Sutherlands and extended family attended Westlake schools.
Ellen Sutherland was 32 years old. Eight children. Widowed. Alone.
Charles Wesley Sutherland died October 31, 1892, age 43. His death was recorded in Fenton, LA. Family tradition says that he was buried in Welsh, LA. His grave has never been located.
By 1892, Charles was ready to move south. His mother died in January. He may have been seriously ill and hoped that warmer weather would help his health. Charles and Ellen made plans to move the family south.
It all started in Adel, Iowa.
Charles Wesley Sutherland and Eliza Ellen Powell were married on Jan. 9, 1880. Charles was 30 yrs old. Ellen was 19.