Charles was a teacher there in Elsie, and I did find some documents showing his name, related to the school. The following is an excerpt from the book, Memories of Elsie 1865-1965
“Charles Softley came to America with his family from England in 1883 when he was thirteen years old. He and a brother Alfred came to Perkins County in the late 1800’s.It has been so much fun finding this book, I never even knew it existed.
He lived with his brother, Alfred at Grant at first. He taught in rural schools around Grant and Venango. He stayed with the different families in the neighborhood. The school terms were short lasting only three months at a time as the children had to help with corn picking and other work until late in the fall.
In 1906 he taught school in Elsie and in 1907 he taught all eight grades and had forty-two pupils. Some of them being Minnie, Georgia and Luella Glunz, Frank and Willie O’Connor, Henry and Otto Lohse, Nicholas and Edna Fuhr, Neva and Omer Witt, Guy and Neva Cutler, Victor and Arthur Hanson, and Fay McCullough. He also taught in the Madrid School.
During this time Myrtie McCullough was helping in the McCullough Brothers Store in Elsie and Charles later remarked, “I went in to buy some safety pins and met my future wife.” “