Charles Ysla Grimes

Charles was born and raised in Washington, DC. 

Cy ventured west to North Park, Colorado in the early 1880's looking for gold.  Finding none and needing to keep the wolf from the door, he ranched in the Meeker area.  Indeed, he participated in the defense of the community during the last indian uprising.

He befriended a local Episcopal minister and joined the church.  Called further, he attended the Western Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Known as the "Cowboy Preacher" he returned to Colorado as a missionary serving south central Colorado, including building the church at Cripple Creek during the gold rush.

After a period at parishes in Denver, Charles was called to the Washington Territories to serve as a missionary.  During a strenuous tenure, he helped solidify the standing of several parishes, helped establish the Olympia Diocese, and served as Rector of Trinity Parish (now Christ Church Parish), Tacoma until his death.