August 18, 1856, Wilton, Iowa.
September 15, 1932, Los Angeles, California, at the home of his son Charles Jr.
Gabriel’s ashes were interred at the Chapel of the Pines, Los Angeles, California.
- T. R. Allen
- C. D. Emerson (source: Library of Congress copyright catalog)
- H. A. Henry
- Jennie Crawford Goodspeed (possible). A 1935 copyright record for the song Go, Tell Them credits the words to Goodspeed, and registers the copyright to
Charles H. Gabriel, Jr., as child of the deceased author. However, other copyright records list Goodspeed’s place of residence as Hennessey, Oklahoma. More information is needed to resolve this discrepancy.
- Charlotte G. Homer
- S. B. Jackson
- Adolph Jesreal
- Jennie Ree
- J. C. Williams
Charles was the son of Isaac Newton Gabriel and Cleopatra Cotton. He married twice, to Francilla I. Woodhouse Cooling (1876) and Amelia Moore (1889).
Growing up on an Iowa farm, he taught himself to play the family’s reed organ. He began teaching in singing schools by age 16, and became a well known teacher and composer.
He served as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California (1890–92), then moved to Chicago, Illinois. In 1912, he began working with Homer Rodeheaver’s publishing company.
He edited some 43 song books, 7 men’s chorus books, 19 anthem collections, and 23 cantatas. His works include:
- Little Branches, with William Nickle (Chicago, Illinois: Meyer & Brothers, 1893)
- Salvation Songs (Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Brothers, 1895)
- Sifted Wheat (Dayton, Ohio: Lorenz & Company, 1898)
- Special Songs (Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackleman Music, 1898)
- Little Branches No. 3 (Chicago, Illinois: Meyer & Brothers, 1899)
- Twentieth Century Songs, with J. E. Hawes et al. (Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackleman Music, 1900)
- Joyful Praise (Cincinnati, Ohio: Jennings & Pye, 1902)
- Fifty-Nine Gospel Songs (Chicago, Illinois: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905)
- Living Praise No. 2, with William Dowling (St. Louis, Missouri: Christian Publishing, 1906)
- Song Praises (Carbondale, Illinois: Egyptian Publishing, 1906)
- The Gospel Chorus (Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Music, 1907)
- Jubilant Voices, with Howard Doane et al. (Chicago, Illinois: Hope Publishing, 1907)
- The Victory (New York: Methodist Book Concern, 1908)
- Epworth Praises (Chicago, Illinois: Epworth League of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1909)
- Joy Bells of Christmas (editor) (Chicago, Illinois: George F. Rosche, 1913)
- Gospel Songs and Their Writers (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver Company, 1915)
- The Singers and Their Songs (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver Company, 1916)
- Awakening Songs (music editor) (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver Company, 1917)
- Rodeheaver’s Sunday School Songs (music editor) (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver Company, circa 1917)
- Williston Hymns (Boston, Massachusetts: United Society of Christian Endeavor, 1917)
- Church Music of Yesterday, To-Day and for To-Morrow (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver Company, 1921)
- Golden Bells (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver Company, 1923) (music editor)
- Sixty Years of Gospel Songs, an autobiography (Chicago, Illinois: Hope Publishing, undated)