Read information about Charles J. Finger and his daughter Helen Leflar
from the University of Arkansas
Charles J. Finger: Gallant Rogue or Hidden Folklorist?
from the Library of Congress.
On July 5, 1983, the city of Fayetteville established a park named in his honor not far from Gayeta.
Found him on the 1881 Chelsea, London, England census as Charles Finger
age 13. He became a U.S. citizen in 1896.
Found him on the 1910 Union, Brown, Ohio census (dist 22 img 9) age 38, secretary, railroad.
Found him on the 1920 Cleveland Ward 24, Cuyahoga, Ohio census (dist 466 img 47) as Charles J. Finger
age 45, general manager, railroad.
Found him on the 1930 Prairie, Washington, Arkansas census (dist 27 img 1) as Charles J. Finger
age 55, writer, books.
Found him on the 1940 Prairie, Washington, Arkansas census (dist 72-30 img 32) as Charles J. Finger
age 72, author.
He died of influenza and a heart attack on January 7, 1941, at Gayeta and is buried on the grounds.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Jan. 8 - Charles Joseph Finger, 69, widely known author, died at his home near here Tuesday following a heart attack. A native of England, Mr. Finger published his first book, "Choice of the Crowd," in 1921. He won the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to juvenile literature in 1924 with a volume, "Tales from Silver Lands." - Buffalo Evening News January 8, 1941
In 1944, the Maritime Commission named freighter Charles J. Finger
in his memory.