Charles H. Barthell

Charles H. Barthell

Charles H. Barthell is known as one of the most extensive and successful breeders of pure-blooded Aberdeen Angus cattle in Allamakee county, where he is prominently connected with agricultural interests as the owner of a fine farm of two hundred acres and another tract of sixty acres on section 21, Union Prairie township. He is in addition a member of the firm of Barthell Brothers of Waukon, controlling an important real-estate business in that city and by his integrity, his upright and honorable methods and the standards by which he has directed his activities he has made his labors a source of prosperity to himself and of profit to the community at large.

Mr. Barthell was born in Winneshiek county, December 29, 1866, and as a child came to Allamakee county where he was reared, acquiring his education in the public schools and at a select school in Waukon. When he was fifteen years of age he made his home with his brother Jonathan, with whom he remained until his marriage. Upon the death of his father he inherited two hundred acres of land upon which he now resides and after he was married he moved to this property, which he has made one of the finest farms in this section of the state. Upon it he made substantial improvements, erecting a commodious frame house, a basement barn and the necessary outbuildings and carrying on its operation along the most modern and practical lines. After eight years, however, he rented out the farm and moved into Waukon where he joined his brother in the conduct of a hardware business, later selling his interest in order to deal in farm implements, wagon, buggies and gasoline engines. He built up a large and profitable business along this line, managing it successfully for five years and purchasing in the meantime a fine residence and business house in Waukon. In 1907, however, he disposed of his interests in Waukon and moved back upon the farm whereon he has since made his home. He brought with him a few pure blood Aberdeen Angus cattle and established himself as a breeder and shipper, giving the greater part of his attention to the development of his herd. This now numbers one hundred and five heard, all pure-blooded or high-grade animals and they command a high price and a ready sale in the market. In addition to stock-raising Mr. Barthell carries on general farming and dairying and he has made all branches of his business important and profitable. He was one of the promoters of the Waukon cooperative Creamery Association, of which he has served as director and of which he is now a large stockholder, and he is besides a partner with his brother M. J. Barthell, in the real-estate business. Under the firm name of Barthell Brothers they control extensive holdings in Winneshiek and Allamakee counties and valuable business and residence property in Waukon. Mr. Barthell’s interests are always carefully and conservatively conducted and his success in the management of his enterprises proves him a resourceful, farsighted and discriminating business man who thoroughly understands modern business condition and possesses the aggressiveness, the energy and the personality necessary to cope with them.

In Union Prairie township on the 14th of April, 1891, Mr. Barthell married Miss Mary Engrav, a native of that section and a daughter of Haulver Engrav who was born and grew to mature years in Norway. He afterwards came to the United States, settling in Allamakee county where he is numbered among the earliest residents. Mr. and Mrs. Barthell have five children: Martha J., a graduate of Waukon high school and now engaged in teaching in Allamakee county; Irene, also a graduate of the Waukon high school; Grant O.; Esther; and Mary Charlotta. The family attend the Waukon Presbyterian church, of which the parents are members and liberal supporters.

Mr. Barthell does not adhere to any particular political party, preferring to vote according to his person convictions without regard to party lines. Although not an office seeker he has at different times been honored by election to office having served seven consecutive terms as township assessor, and one term as a member of the school board. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Masonic order, holding membership in the lodge, chapter and commandery, while his wife and daughter, Martha, belong to the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Barthell is essentially a man of affairs, his broad and varied interests touching many important phases of business and political progress and his individual prosperity forming an element in community growth and advancement.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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