Ni3-5-4 Charles Parsons Nicholas was the son of George Nicholas IV (Ni3-5) and Evelyn Belle Thompson,
grandson of George Nicholas III (Ni4) and Mary Anna Pope (Po4)
|.Born: 15 September 1903 in Shelbyville Ky.
Married: Frances Young Allen in Louisville, Ky., on 26 Dec. 1930.
My father was a staunch Republican and during and after Watergate he
wouldn't discuss Nixon with me anymore but just maintained a stony silence.
Also, he defended the Vietnam War to the end, at least partly out of loyalty
to William Westmoreland who was his friend and former math student.
I find it interesting that the IG Farben building in Berlin became our CIA's new headquarters there during the Reconstruction, with many Farben higher-ups left in place to run the government. And some of the other Farben types escaped trial at Nurenberg when our CIA spirited them to the U.S. in a cloak-and-dagger operation called "Paperclip". But then, we needed those scientists, didn't we - to invent improved weapons that might prove vital to protecting the world against the spread of Communism by wiping out the USSR.
One of the more notorious Nazi war criminals that Operation Paperclip brought to this country was Otto Ambros. He was a Director of I.G. Farben and oversaw construction and slave labor at Auschwitz. An interesting outgrowth of Operation Paperclip was MK-ULTRA, which choreographed experiments in mind control at the Federal Narcotic Addiction Hospital in Lexington, KY.
I've often wondered if my father had any connection
with Operation Paperclip and may never be able to find out. His involvement
was more as the War Department liaison for the Alsos Mission which went
about the business of rounding up nuclear physicists towards the end of
the war. Before that the OSS had embarked on a more cloak-and-daggerish
project when they hired a Major League baseball player named Moe Berg to
try to track down Werner Heisenberg and kill him. Fortunately for this
country, Berg never succeeded. That episode reflects more than anything
the panic in the U.S. thinking that Germany was ahead of us in the nuclear
arms race when actually the opposite was true.
My father liked to bake and one of my treasured memories was joining
forces with him when I was nine and making a lemon meringue pie. He would
try just about anything as long as he could invent a way of avoiding too
much chopping or too much cleanup. One of his best inventions we called
"Pop's Paella", which utilized dried onions and other dried veggies instead
of the real thing. You could make it in a single pan. It wasn't paella,
but it was quite good.
|Gen. Charles Parsons Nicholas and Frances Young Allen had a daughter:
(Ni3-5-4-1) Frances Young Nicholas, born 15 Sept. 1933 in Louisville.
Frances Young Allen and Gen. Charles Parsons Nicholas,
Portrait is of (Ni5-8) Margarette Gailbraith Nicholas (1789 – Aug.13, 1819) married first Gen. J.C. Bartlett, second Gov. Thomas Fletcher, died without issue. She was portraited by Jewet.