This week I've uncovered a lot of data for the time line. I'll post the information here first, and update the timeline later.
First, I revisited a previous source and discovered that Dr. O was in both Dwight, IL and Chicago in 1894. That put him there before his marriage to Mary Hale, not after as we had thought. I found a researcher who does lookups on cemetery records in Livingston Co, IL. She provided me with the transcription of Dr. O's first wife's grave. She is Alice Oakshette b. 1857 d. 1891. The transcription says daughter of J C Oakshette, but it's obviously a transcription error. We now have a time frame that Dr. O was in Dwight--from 1891 to 1894. In 1894 he moved back to Chicago and attended the Univ. of IL.
A piece of information that might be interesting to remember is that the big draw in Dwight was the Keeley Institute, where alcoholism was first treated as an illness, not a flaw of character. There is nothing to connect Dr. O with Keeley at this time, but it's something to remember as we research. There also was a Keeley franchise that opened up in Atlanta after Dr. O arrived, just a few blocks from the house where Charles was born.
Second, newspapers have been a friend in researching Dr. O. The Chicago Tribune
gave up two articles from 1896. One is a lawsuit that was dismissed. A nurse was suing for wages. The second was the news of a new hospital being started on Wabash called the Militant Church Hospital. According to the city directory for 1896, Dr. O was the director. The hospital would take in patients suffering from DTs from the Harrison Police station. This is a possible connection to the Keeley Institute, at least in the treatment of alcoholism.
The Militant Church was called a club in the Chicago Tribune
. They also had R. G. Ingersoll speak on the topic of Reforming Man at the Columbia Theatre. Ingersoll was a popular speaker at the time and a well-known secular humanist.
The last bit of information comes from Dr. O's Dead Physician Card from the AMA, via the National Genealogical Society. I'm very excited to finally have location for Dr. O in 1900. He hasn't shown up in the census, so we've had a blank spot between 1896, when he last appears in the Chicago directory, and 1908, when he shows up in Toronto. There is mention of him in the Baha'i notes as replacing Dr. Thatcher in 1907. We also know that Mary Hale Oakshette died in Atlanta in 1908 and that Grammy had to have been in Atlanta at least by the fall of 1907 to have gone on her first date with Roundy. But where was Dr. O in the meantime? One location is Jackson, MI where he is listed as a physician in the Polk Medical and Surgical Register
Another important point learned from the dead physician card. There are only two degrees listed: one from Hahnemann and one from the University of Illinois. That would mean that any other degrees he earned were not
medical. Most likely, they were religious or philosophical.
I think we finally are to the point where we have filled in most of the blanks of time where we didn't know where the good doctor was. There are still some holes to fill; we know he was a roamer. But we've gotten a lot covered.