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Charles Stanley ALTHOUSE  1894 - 1968   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Charles Stanley ALTHOUSE  1894 - 1968

aka Charles S. Althouse, C. S. Althouse, Charles Althouse, C. Althouse, Charlie Althouse
nationality
occupation
birth 20 Nov 1894, Philadelphia, PA
baptism
death 26 Dec 1968, Cole/Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (SSN 562-09-7017)
burial
marriage (1)
Madelina Dorothea FETTER/SHMOYER

b. 28 Feb. 1897, Telford, Montgomery, PA
d. 6 Apr 1942, Los Angeles, CA (obituary in Los Angeles Times of 9 Apr 1942)

children
  • Clinton Rutherford

    b. 22 May 1923, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
    d. 13 Mar 1989, Los Angeles, CA

Interment Date: 14 Apr 1989, Cemetery: Los Angeles National Cemetery, Cemetery Address: 950 South Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049 Buried at: Section C
  • 184 Site 83
  • (Madeline) Dorothea

    b. 15 Sept 1928, Los Angeles, CA
    d. ...........(prior to Apr 1942, since not mentioned in mother's obituary)

  • Charles S. Jr.

    b. 11 Aug 1931..........
    d. .............. residences: Upland & 10 Arrowrock Rd, MT Baldy, CA, 91759 (1995)

marriage (2)
Lois I. .....

b. 18 March 1900/1901, ....., Texas
d. 6 June 1974, Los Angeles, CA) obituary available


PARENTS

father Charles A. ALTHOUSE

b. .... <1868>, Sellersville, Bucks, Pennsylvania
d. ...... According to his son's 1920 Passport Application prior to May 1920, ........

mother (Mary) Ella S. GROFF

b. .. Oct <1870>, New York
d. 26 Mar 1926, .........., PA

remark (see online document: CHARLES S. GROFF FAMILY - BUCKS COUNTY, PA. (written in 1906))
children
  • Cora

    b. 28 Feb 1893, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    d. ....................

  • Charles Stanley

    b. 20 Nov 1894, Philadelphia, PA
    d. 26 Dec 1968, Cole/Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


LIFE


1910 CENSUS (21 Apr 1910, Camden, Camden, NJ):
Charles A. ALTHOUSE (42y) (b. .... <1868>, ....., PA - d. ........)
Ella S. ALTHOUSE (40y) (b. .... <1870>, ....., Bucks, PA - d. ........)
- Cora (17y)
- Charles Stanley (15y)



1920 CENSUS (20 Jan 1920, Camden City, Camden, NJ):
Charles A. ALTHOUSE (52y) Storekeeper / Shipyard
Ella ALTHOUSE (50y)
Chas Stanley Althouse (25y) Recorder / Talking Mch
Mary Shearer (75y) aunt



1930 CENSUS (9 Apr 1930, Los Angeles, CA):
Charles Althouse (35y) engineer / sound motion pictures
Madeline Althouse (33y)
Clinton Althouse (6y; b. ARGENTINA)
Dorothea Althouse (1y/6m; b. California)



1914 VICTOR TALKING MACHINE COMPANY recording laboratory (with G. H. CHENEY)
source: article Paul Vernon "Islandophone" + ELLIS ISLAND 6 matches (1912/1913/1914/1916/1917 2x/1920/1924)

Raymond Sooy and Charles S. Althouse loaned to Vitaphone.
After 8 weeks Raymond Sooy returns
Althouse stays for another 6 months
Joined VITAPHONE CORPORATION (Warner Brothers)

Did the sound in films like "Crash of Moons"



Charles Stanley ALTHOUSE (18y)
+ Henry J. HAGEN (49y) chemist
ethnicity: USC
profession: mechanic (831 North 6th Street, Camden, NJ)
date of departure: 5 June 1912
port of departure: Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
ship's name: SS "Byron"
date of arrival: 24 June 1912
age on arrival: 18y
HJH last permanent residence: Merchantville, NJ


U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925: Immigration & Travel
Name: Charles Stanley Althouse
Birth: 20 Nov 1894 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Civil: 19 Jul 1913
Residence: Camden, New Jersey\

On 13 July 1913 Frank S. Rambo and Charles S. Althouse sailed from Lima, Peru, via the Panama Canal ....

... and we had Rambo and Althouse go back to Panama from Peru, and there change steamships and proceed to Central America, up the Magdalena River to Bogota, Colombia, where they made records of the natives for that part of the world, it being also the first and only time to date that records were made in this territory by the Victor Talking Machine Company. etc.
(source: pp 9-10 of part III of Harry O. Sooy's Memoir of my Career at the Victor Talking Machine Company)


Charles S. ALTHOUSE (19y)
+ Frank S. RAMBO (29y)
ethnicity:
profession:
date of departure: 1 Dec 1913
port of departure: Puerto Colombia, COLOMBIA
ship's name: SS "ALMIRANTE"
date of arrival: 11 Dec 1913
port of arrival: New York
age on arrival: 19y
residence: 831 North 6th St., Camden, NJ
born: Philadelphia



Charles ALTHOUSE (20y)
+ George CHENNY (sic!) (43y)
ethnicity: USC
profession: -
date of departure: 24 Sept 1914
port of departure: TRINIDAD island VENEZUELA coast or CUBA
ship's name: SS "Mayaro"
date of arrival: 2 Oct 1914
age on arrival: 20y
Althouse: born Philadelphia, PA in 1894 (831 N. 6th Street, Camden, NJ)
Cheney's last permanent residence: Freeport, Long Island
Cheney born: Crown Point, NJ, 1871



Chas S. ALTHOUSE (21y)
+ George K. CHENEY (44y)
ethnicity: USC
profession: M Eng = musical engineer
date of departure: 23 Oct 1915
port of departure: Yokohama, JAPAN
ship's name: SS "SHINYO MARU"
date of arrival: 8 Nov 1915
port of arrival: San Francisco, CA
age on arrival: 21y



Charles ALTHOUSE (21y)
+ George CHENEY (45y)
+ Theodore TERRY (also elsewhere mentioned) Camden, NJ !!!
ethnicity: USC
profession: -
date of departure: 18 Nov 1916
port of departure: Havana, CUBA
ship's name: SS "HAVANA"
date of arrival: 21 Nov 1916
age on arrival: 21y
Cheney's last permanent residence: 22 Leonard Ave., Freeport NJ (NY?)
Althouse: b. Camden, NJ, 7 Febr 1895 (New York), 831 North 6th Street, Camden, NJ
Cheney born: Crown Point, NY on 29 Jan 1871


U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925: Immigration & Travel
Name: Charles Stanley Althouse
Father: Chas A. Althouse
Birth: 20 Nov 1894 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Civil: 26 Dec 1916
Residence: Camden, New Jersey

On 26 Dec 1916 Althouse & Cheney receive their passports.
According to those passports they will leave on 30 Dec 1916 on board of the SS "CAROLINA" for VENEZUELA, BRAZIL, TRINIDAD (B. W. I. = BRITISH WEST INDIES), ARGENTINA, CHILE, PERU and COLOMBIA.

Cheney and Althouse leave Puerto Rico on 17 Jan 1917 on board the SS "PHILADELPHIA" and arrived at Guayra (VENEZUELA) on 19 Jan 1917



Charles ALTHOUSE (23y)
+ George K. CHENEY (45y)
ethnicity: USC
profession: -
date of departure: 3 Febr 1917
port of departure: La Guayra, VENEZUELA
ship's name: SS "CARACAS"
date of arrival: 15 Febr 1917
age on arrival: 23y
Cheney's last permanent residence: New York
Althouse: b. Philadelphia, PA 20 Nov 1894 (New York)
Cheney born: Crown Point, NY on 6 May 1871

March 3d 1917 George K. Cheney and Charles S. Althouse sailed from New York on the “S.S. Tennyson,” Lamport and Holt Line, for Buenos Aires, Argentina,
S.A. After finishing recording in Buenos Aires, they crossed the Andes Mountains to Chile, and returned by the west coast, stopping off at Bolivia, (p. 63) Peru and Ecuador, where they made records for the Victor Company, and then came back through the Panama Canal, returning November 24th, 1917.

On 2 Nov 1917 Althouse & Cheney are in Guayaquil, ECUADOR (see annex to 1916 Passport Application)



Charles S. ALTHOUSE (23y) b. Philadelphia, PA 20 Nov 1894 (Camden. NJ)
+ George K. CHENEY (as "CHANEY") (46y)
ethnicity: USC
profession: -
date of departure: 17 Nov 1917
port of departure: Pt. Colombia (COLOMBIA), Cristobal (PANAMA) & Kingston (JAMAICA)
ship's name: SS "TURRIALBA"
date of arrival: 22 Nov 1917
age on arrival: 23y
Cheney's last permanent residence: Freeport, NY
born: Crown Point, NY on 6 May 1871

Returning from this trip Althouse enlisted in the US Army on 28 Nov 1917 (April 6th, 1917, United States declared war on Germany. June 5th was set by the United States Government as National Registration Day for Selective Draft Service, twenty-one to thirty years of age.)

He returned to his former position in the Laboratory June 19.. ???
(source: Harry O. Sooy's Memoir of my Career at the Victor Talking Machine Company)


U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925: Immigration & Travel
Name: Charles Stanley Althouse
Father: Charles A. Althouse
Birth: 20 Nov 1894 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Civil: 3 May 1920
Residence: Camden, New Jersey
From this Passport Application we learn that Althouse & Cheney were to leave the port of New York City on 8 May 1920 on board the SS "MEXICO".
Destination: CUBA



Charles ALTHOUSE (25y)
+ George CHENEY (49y)
ethnicity: USC
profession: -
date of departure: 17 June 1920
port of departure: Havana, CUBA
ship's name: SS "PASTORES"
date of arrival: 21 June 1920
age on arrival: 25y
Cheney's last permanent residence: Howard Ave., Baldwin, NY
Cheney born: New York, NY on 6 May 1871
Althouse: 831 N. 6th St., Camden, NJ


U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925: Immigration & Travel
Name: Charles Stanley Althouse
Father: Charles A. Althouse
Birth: 20 Nov 1894 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Civil: 12 Sep 1921
Residence: Camden, New Jersey
On the Passport Application it says:
To ARGENTINA, BRAZIL and CHILE, accompanied by his wife Madeline Dorothea. They are bound to leave the port of New York on 1 Oct 1921 on board the SS "Southern Cross".



Madeline D. ALTHOUSE (26y)
+ Clinton Rutherford ALTHOUSE (6m)
SS "AMERICAN LEGION"
dep. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA: 22 Nov 1923
arr. New York: 10 Dec 1923



Charles S. ALTHOUSE
ethnicity:
profession:
date of departure: 3 Jan 1924
port of departure: Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
ship's name: SS "SOUTHERN CROSS"
date of arrival: 21 Jan 1924
port of arrival: New York
age on arrival: 29y
residence: Box 43, Telford, PA
born: 20 Nov 1894, Philadelphia, PA
Mr. Sholes accompanied me to New York to meet Mr. Charles S. Althouse returning from Buenos Aires, S.A. after his serious accident - he being hit by an automobile in that city, December 15th, 1923.
Althouse who was accompanied by a nurse and an attendant, was taken immediately from the boat to his home in Telford, PA.
(source: p. 16-17 of 33 of Harry O. Sooy's Memoir of my Career at the Victor Talking Machine Company)



Charles S. ALTHOUSE
ethnicity:
profession:
date of departure: 7 Nov 1925
port of departure: Havana, CUBA
ship's name: SS "ORIZABA"
date of arrival: 10 Nov 1925
port of arrival: New York
age on arrival: 31y
residence:


Joined VITAPHONE CORPORATION (Warner Brothers)


1930 CENSUS:
Charles Althouse Engineer; Sound Movies // Retired(?)

Did the sound in films like "Crash of Moons"

FILMOGRAPHY 1932-1962

- The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932) - as Sound
- The Expert (1932) - as Sound
- It's Tough to Be Famous (1932) - as Sound
- The Kennel Murder Case (1933) - as Sound
- Smart Girl (1935) - as Sound
- Her Master's Voice (1936) - as Sound
- Straight from the Shoulder (1936) - as Sound Recording
- The General Died at Dawn (1936) - as Sound
- The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) - as Sound Recording
- Champagne Waltz (1937) - as Sound Recording
- Blossoms on Broadway (1937) - as Sound Recording
- The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) - as Sound Recording
- Death of a Champion (1939) - as Sound Recording
- Santa Fe Marshal (1940) - as Sound
- Knights of the Range (1940) - as Sound
- The Showdown (1940) - as Sound
- Hidden Gold (1940) - as Sound
- Stagecoach War (1940) - as Sound
- The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940) - as Recording
- Three men from Texas (1940) - as Sound
- The Son of Monte Cristo (1941) - as Sound
- Wrecking Crew (1942) - as Sound Recording (credited as Charles S. Althouse)
- Wildcat (1942) - as Sound Recording (credited as Charles S. Althouse)
- About Face (1942) - as Sound Recording
- I Live on Danger (1942) - as Sound Recording (credited as Charles S. Althouse)
- Alaska Highway (1943) - as Sound Recording (credited as Charles S. Althouse)
- High Explosive (1943) - as Sound Recording (credited as Charles S. Althouse)
- Lady of Burlesque (1943) - as Sound
- Submarine Alert (1943) - as Sound Recording (credited as Charles S. Althouse)
- Aerial Gunner (1943) - as Sound Recording (credited as Charles S. Althouse)
- Silver Skates (1943) - as Recording
- The Fighting Buckaroo (1943) - as Sound Engineer
- Law of the Northwest (1943) - as Sound Engineer
- Hail to the Rangers (1943) - as Sound Engineer
- Doll Face (1945) - as Mus Mixer
- Gangster's Den (1945) - as Sound Engineer
- Blazing the Western Trail (1945) - as Sound Engineer
- The House on 92nd Street (1945) - as Mus Mixer
- Fallen Angel (1945) - as Mus Mixer
- Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- Sentimental Journey (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- Dragonwyck (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- The Dark Corner (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- Strange Triangle (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- Cluny Brown (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- Centennial Summer (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- Margie (1946) - as Mus Mixer
- The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) - as Mus Mixer
- Beware of Blondie (1950) - as Sound
- The Basketball Fix (1951) - as Sound
- Duel in Space (1954) [not on TCM list]
- Screaming Eagles (1956) - as Sound
- The Monster that Challenged the World (1957) - as Sound Recording
- The Vampire (1957) - as Sound Recording
- Terror in a Texas Town (1958) - as Sound
- Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) - as Sound
- Operation Eichmann (1961) - as Sound Mixer
- Hitler (1962) - as Sound
(source: TCM = Turner Classic Movies)




1. "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (sound) (1 episode, 1961)
- Keep Me Company (1961) TV episode (sound)
2. "The Roaring 20's" (sound) (2 episodes, 1961)
- Big Town Blues (1961) TV episode (sound)
- The Maestro (1961) TV episode (sound)
3. "Maverick" (sound) (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
- Kiz (1960) TV episode (sound)
- The Quick and the Dead (1957) TV episode (sound)

4. "Bachelor Father" (sound) (1 episode, 1959)
- Kelly's Secret (1959) TV episode (sound)
5. "The Gale Storm Show" (sound) (1 episode, 1959)
... aka Oh! Susanna
- The Million Dollar Mutt (1959) TV episode (sound)
6. "M Squad" (sound) (1 episode, 1959)
- Sunday Punch (1959) TV episode (sound)
7. Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) (sound)
8. Terror in a Texas Town (1958) (sound)
9. "Code 3" (sound) (3 episodes, 1957)
- The Benson Case (1957) TV episode (sound) (as Charles S. Althouse)
- The Man with Many Faces (1957) TV episode (sound) (as Charles S. Althouse)
- The Rookie Sheriff (1957) TV episode (sound) (as Charles Althouse)
10. The Vampire (1957/I) (sound)
... aka Mark of the Vampire (USA: TV title)
11. The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) (sound recordist)
12. Screaming Eagles (1956) (sound)
13. "Frontier" (sound) (1 episode, 1956)
- Assassin (1956) TV episode (sound)
14. Forbidden Moon (1956) (TV) (sound)
15. Blast Off (1956) (TV) (sound)
16. Menace from Outer Space (1956) (TV) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
... aka Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Menace from Outer Space (USA: long title)
17. "My Friend Flicka" (sound recordist) (1 episode, 1955)
- Rogue Stallion (1955) TV episode (sound recordist)
18. "My Little Margie" (sound) (9 episodes, 1952-1955)
- Corpus Delecti (1955) TV episode (sound)
- Vern's Mother-In-Law (1955) TV episode (sound)
- Margie's Millionth Member (1953) TV episode (sound)
- Margie's Phantom Lover (1953) TV episode (sound)
- Buried Treasure (1953) TV episode (sound)
(4 more)
19. "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger" (sound) (10 episodes, 1954)
- Rocky's Odyssey (1954) TV episode (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
- Blast-Off (1954) TV episode (sound)
- Kip's Private War (1954) TV episode (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
- Crash of Moons: Chapter III (1954) TV episode (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
- Crash of Moons: Chapter II (1954) TV episode (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
(5 more)
20. Crash of Moons (1954) (TV) (sound)
... aka Crash of the Moons (USA: video box title)
... aka Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Crash of the Moons (USA: long title)
21. Duel in Space (1954) (TV) (sound)
22. Silver Needle in the Sky (1954) (sound)
23. "The Stu Erwin Show" (sound) (4 episodes, 1951-1953)
... aka Trouble with Father (USA: alternative title)
- Nothing Like a Friend (1953) TV episode (sound)
- Father Takes a Pet (1952) TV episode (sound)
- The Big Game (1951) TV episode (sound)
- In a Pickle (1951) TV episode (sound)
24. "Family Theatre" (sound) (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
... aka Father Peyton's Family Theatre (alternative title)
- Trial of Tara (1953) TV episode (sound)
- A Star Shall Rise (1952) TV episode (sound)
25. The Basketball Fix (1951) (sound)
... aka The Big Decision (UK)

26. Blazing the Western Trail (1945) (sound) (uncredited)
... aka Who Killed Waring? (UK)
27. Gangster's Den (1945) (sound technician)
28. Hail to the Rangers (1943) (sound)
... aka Illegal Rights (UK)
29. Submarine Alert (1943) (sound recordist) (as Charles S. Althouse)
30. Alaska Highway (1943) (sound) (as Charles S. Althouse)
31. Law of the Northwest (1943) (sound)
32. Lady of Burlesque (1943) (sound recordist) (uncredited)
... aka Striptease Lady (UK)
... aka The G-String Murders
33. Aerial Gunner (1943) (sound recordist) (as Charles S. Althouse)
34. Silver Skates (1943) (sound recordist)
35. The Fighting Buckaroo (1943) (sound)
36. Wrecking Crew (1942) (sound recordist) (as Charles S. Althouse)
37. The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) (sound) (uncredited)
38. Wildcat (1942) (sound recordist) (as Charles S. Althouse)
39. Atlantic Convoy (1942) (sound engineer)
40. I Live on Danger (1942) (sound recordist)
41. Secret of the Wastelands (1941) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
42. Outlaws of the Desert (1941) (sound)
43. Twilight on the Trail (1941) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
44. Riders of the Timberline (1941) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
45. Stick to Your Guns (1941) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
46. Wide Open Town (1941) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
47. The Parson of Panamint (1941) (sound recordist)
48. Border Vigilantes (1941) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
49. Doomed Caravan (1941) (sound)
50. The Son of Monte Cristo (1940) (sound)
51. Three Men from Texas (1940) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
... aka Ranger Guns West (UK)
52. The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940) (sound recordist)
53. Stagecoach War (1940) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
54. Hidden Gold (1940) (sound) (as Chas. Althouse)
55. The Showdown (1940/I) (sound mixer)
56. Santa Fe Marshal (1940) (sound)

57. Death of a Champion (1939) (sound recordist)
58. The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938) (sound recordist)
59. Straight from the Shoulder (1936) (sound recordist)
60. Hail, Brother (1935) (sound)
61. The Kennel Murder Case (1933) (sound) (uncredited)
62. Ladies They Talk About (1933) (sound recordist) (uncredited)
... aka Women in Prison
63. It's Tough to Be Famous (1932) (sound) (uncredited)
64. The Expert (1932) (sound) (uncredited)

Music Department:

1. The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) (music mixer) (uncredited)
2. Cluny Brown (1946) (music mixer) (uncredited)
3. Dragonwyck (1946) (music mixer) (uncredited)
4. Sentimental Journey (1946) (music mixer) (uncredited)
(source: IMDb = The Internet Movie Database)


NOTES

  • Memoir of my Career at Victor Talking Machine Company by Harry O. Sooy (David Sarnoff Library)
  • Port of Spain Gazette of 28 Aug 1914
  • Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making by John Cowley (Cambridge University Press, 1996 & 1997; first paperback 1998)



PHOTOS

Charles Stanley Althouse
Charles S. Althouse's son Clinton at his grandparents Fetter's home (Telford, 1927)
Charles S. Althouse's son Clinton at his grandparents Fetter's home (Telford, 1927) (back of picture)
Charles S. Althouse shoveling snow with son Clinton (Telford, 1927)
Charles S. Althouse shoveling snow with son Clinton (Telford, 1927) (back of picture)
Charles S. Althouse with his sons Clinton & Charles
Charles Stanley and Lois Althouse



THANK YOU


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