Charles Love was born in Martin County, Indiana on March 25, 1867 to J. P. and Mahala Smith Love. Charles was one of 11 children. The Love family came to Butler County in 1876 and homesteaded a claim in Walnut township near where Gordon is now located. Charles’ brother, L. M. came to Augusta two years earlier and engaged in a grocery business with a Mr. Freeman. Freeman’s was located at 515 State Street. Charles’ father, became a successful farmer and stockman in the community. He died on July 5, 1893 and his widow resided in Gordon until her death.
Charles and his father, J. P. owned 360 acres of land located ½ mile west of Gordon, and they rented the Blood farm which consisted of 400 acres adjoining their own property. They farmed both pieces of land for 16 years. The development of oil and gas greatly enhanced the value of the Love farm.
Charles and Miss Eldora J. Dugan of Gordon were married on April 14, 1892. They had 4 children, Walter, a 1915 graduate of AHS who was also employed by L. N. Blood; Ruby, a 1916 graduate of AHS; Myrtle, who attended Douglass High School and a graduate of the 1916 class; and, son, Parkhurst. By 1920, the Federal Census places the Love family in Sumner County, so they did not remain in Butler County their entire lives. Eldora died in 1957 and Charles in 1960. They are both buried in Douglass.
Their son, Walter served during WW I and was discharged as a Master Engineer. In 1917 he and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Bush were married. In 1923 he and Harry Horner formed Horner-Love Printing and Box Company. Three years later they made the first corrugated cardboard box at their factory in Wichita. Their partnership ended in 1930 and the Love Box Company was born. Walter was later joined in the business by his son, Robert, in 1945. Walter retired as chairman of the board in 1971. In addition to his son, Robert, he had two daughters, Mary and Nancy. Walter died in 1976 and is buried in the Old Mission Mausoleum in Wichita. His wife, Betty, died in 1984.
Photos: Charles Love; parents: Jeremy Parkhurst Love and Mahala Love Rollins; 1905 Walnut Township Map; AHS 1915 showing Senior, Walter Love and sister, Ruby Love, as a Junior; Charles’ and Eldora’ headstone from Douglass Cemetery; Walter Love, WWI picture; and Walter Love as owner of Love Box Company.