Charles Dill SPACE was born in Sussex county, N. J., on January 12, 1848. Charles' parents separated when he was five years old and he and his older brothers were finished raising by other families. In the 1860 Census, he was in the home of his uncle William SPACE in Newton, Sussex Co., NJ. He enlisted in the Regular Army at Cleveland, OH on Aug 9, 1870 and served in the 6th Cavalry, F Troop at Fort Griffin and Fort Richardson in Texas and in Wichita, KS until May 8, 1872 when he deserted from a camp near Ft. Hays, KS. His whereabouts after that are unknown until 1880, when he was found buying property in Belton, MO where he established and operated one or more feed mills. He was united in marriage to Olivia Adelia "Ollie" HALEY on October 15, 1888, in Belton. He later moved with his family to Sumner Co., KS and made his living with his family-owned threshing outfit.