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Charles’s sister, Margaret, was born in 1892, but their parents divorced shortly after 933 Inventors and Inventions Richter, Charles Francis her birth. Their parents remarried before Charles’s birth in 1900, but, unfortunately, the second attempt at matrimony was no more successful than the first. After separating from her husband, Lillian resumed using her maiden name and changed her children’s names to Charles Francis and Margaret Richter. Returning to live in her father’s household, she raised her children in Ohio until the death of her mother in 1907 prompted her father to move his family to Los Angeles, California, where he purchased a house in the Wilshire district. Accounts of Charles Richter’s early childhood family life indicate that he and his sister were educated at home while they were in Ohio but sent to Hobart Boulevard School when they arrived in Los Angeles. These accounts also depict a dysfunctional family in which his mother was extremely attached to her father. Charles, who had survived a bout of cholera when he was fifteen months old, was a small, thin boy, shy at school, lonely, and dominated by his extremely assertive sister at home.