Charles H. (Doc) Brink

Charles H. Brink Born: 1832

Died: November 3, 1904, at the age of 72

His only son William (almost as unsociable as his father) cherished the two pressed glass goblets his father Bright West with him and boasted more of Charles's Pony Express history than his mediocre record with the Union Army therafter (we have old Army records).

According to family lore, it was Doc who rode the first leg from St. Joe the first day. He was defnitely among the first; he may not have ridden for the full 19 months.

We're still baffled as to how he got the name "Doc," but he answered to it all his life. His nearest male friends always called him "Doc." He was, according to family tradition, a loner, impulsive, secretive, and bad-tempered. In the interim between riding for the Pony Express and serving a tour in the military, he drove a stage coach.

Doc enlisted in Company H, 1st California Infantry, on March 9, 1864, and was honorably discharged from that unit as a Private on March 13, 1866. After a lackluster career in Union Army, Doc settled down near Springfield, Missouri. He had a daughter, Evalina, and a son, William.

Information provided by Katherine (Meyer) Wattam of Bellevue, Pennsylvania, August 1997.