Charles Augustus Fuller and Virginia Knight Sierer

FullerCAFullerCharlesA.jpg (62771 bytes)Winchester Evening Star, Winchester Virginia, Monday, January 6, 1930
Charles Fuller Passes Away In Early Morning (January 6, 1930) was for Years Superintendent of Pennsylvania Roundhouse here.

Charles A. Fuller, well-known railroad employee of this city, died about twenty minutes of nine o'clock this morning at his home, no. 338 W. Amherst street, following gradual decline in health due to paralysis.

Mr. Fuller has been on the retired list of the Pennsylvania Railroad since 1923, he having suffered his first stroke of paralysis in that year. Since then he has suffered other strokes and since Christmas he had declined rapidly until death ensued today.

Native of Chambersburg

He was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on October 18, 1854, the son of Christian and Phillipine Fuller, who originally come over from Germany. There were twelve children in this family and Mr. Fuller was the youngest child. Coincident with this fact, He is the last of the children, the others having proceeded him in death.

He was married on March 15, 1877 to Miss Virginia K. Sierer and in June 1881, Mr. Fuller entered the employment of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Superintendent of Roundhouse Here

In 1890, the Pennsylvania railroad extended their service here, building the Cumberland Valley division. Mr. Fuller was sent here as Superintendent of the Roundhouse, which position he held until 1923 when he suffered his first stroke of paralysis

Mr. Fuller was well-known among railroad men here and all along the Cumberland Valley division.

Surviving him are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. John A. Rosenberger, Mrs. Charles J Summers and miss Henrietta Fuller, all of this city; and two sons, Messrs Chris and Lindsey Fuller of Hagerstown.

Remains to Chambersburg

The internment ________________ take place in Chambersburg ___ the exact day not having being ____

Before leaving this city, Services will be held at the home with the Rev. Norris A. Lineweaver officiating.


Franklin Repository, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Monday Evening, January 6, 1930
Charles A. Fuller

Charles A. Fuller, a member of one of the old Chambersburg families, died this morning at 920 o'clock at his home in Winchester, Virginia, from the effects of a stroke. Mr. Fuller suffered a stroke about six years ago and since that time had been confined to his home. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Fuller, who resided for a number of years on North Second street, and is the last of his family. Mr. Fuller, in his early life conducted a grocery store in town, before removing to Martinsburg. After residing in Martinsburg for a short time he removed to Winchester where for approximately thirty years he had been employed by the Cumberland Valley Railroad. He was a charter member of the Junior Hose Company.

He is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Virginia Sierer, of town, and these children, Mrs. John Rosenberry and Mrs. J. Charles Summers, of Winchester; Miss Henrietta Fuller at Home, and Crist and Lindsay, of Hagerstown; also by fourteen grandchildren.

Funeral notice later


Winchester Evening Star, Winchester, Virginia, Tuesday, January 7,1930
Last Rites For Late Mr. Fuller Tomorrow Afternoon

Funeral services will be held for the late Charles A. Fuller from his late residence, No. 338 West Amherst Street, at three o'clock tomorrow afternoon, the Rev. Norris A. Lineweaver, of the Market Street Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating.

Those serving as pallbearers will be M.V.B. Smoke and James G. Smith, of this city; Levan Hyssong, of Hagerstown; Edward Fuller, William Sierer and John Sierer, of Chambersburg.

On Thursday morning at nine o'clock the family and friends will leave by motor with the body for Chambersburg, Pennsylvania They will be accompanied by the Rev. Mr. Lineweaver.

Reaching Chambersburg, the cortege will go to Cedar Grove Cemetery where internment will take place.


FullerCA-SiererVirginiaKnight.jpg (39646 bytes)Winchester Evening Star, Winchester, Virginia, Thursday, November 12, 1936
C.A. Fuller's Widow Dead

Funeral Rites Here At 11 a.m. Saturday, With Burial In Chambersburg.

Mrs. Virginia Knight Fuller, widow of Charles A. Fuller, died at 130 o'clock yesterday afternoon at her home at the historic old 'Steele Gardens' property on Amherst street extended, after an illness of nearly a year, in the eighty-second year of her age.

She had been in declining health for more that a year, and had been confined to her bed since last March. Her condition had become very serious recently, and her death was not unexpected by members of her family.

Native of Shippensburg

Mrs. Fuller was a native of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of the late Adam and Mary Jane Sierer, of that place, where she was born August 6, 1855. The family afterward moved to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and she was living there at the time of her marriage to Mr. Fuller.

Mr. and Mrs. Fuller and their family moved to Winchester in March, 1890, the former having been appointed general foreman of the Roundhouse here of the Pennsylvania Railroad, a position he held for many years before his death in 1930.

Mrs. Fuller had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Chambersburg since young womanhood and never transferred to another church, although she attended service here regularly as long as her health would permit. She had an extensive acquaintance in Winchester and vicinity and was highly regarded by all who knew her.

Mrs. Fuller is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John A. Rosenberger and miss Henrietta Fuller, of this city, and Mrs. Charles J. Summers, of Hagerstown, Md. and two sons, Crist and lindsey Fuller, also of Hagerstown. Others surviving are one sister, Mrs. Walter Ritter, and two brothers, John and William Sierer, all of Chambersburg, and 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral Saturday

Funeral Services will be held at the homeplace here at 11 o'clock Saturday morning by the Rev. Herman McKay, Pastor of Market Street Methodist Episcopal Church, after which the body will be taken by motor hearse to Chambersburg, for internment upon arrival in Cedar Grove Cemetery, that city.

The Rev. Mr. McKay will conduct the service at the graveside.

Pallbearers will be Charles, Waidner and Lynn Fuller and Lavan Hyssong, of Hagerstown; Edward Fuller, of Chambersburg, and Harry H. Willis, This city.


Watch of Charles Augustus Fuller

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Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Winchester, VA. 

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Family Portrait of Charles Fuller and his family.  

Seated left to right: Virginia Knight Sierer, Henrietta Hollar Fuller, and Charles Augustus Fuller.  Standing left to right: Lindsie, Florence, Waidner (Bud), and Mayme.

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Headstone of Charles Augustus Fuller and Virginia Knight Sierer

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Virginia Knight Sierer as a child (upper right)  

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My Aunt Gini wrote:

"My grandfather used to visit his mother's family in Baltimore fairly often. On some of the trips he would ship home a half keg of oysters, and there would be an oyster feast in the back yard. I remember Hennie feeding me my first oyster when I was about 2 or 3."