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Charles Henry Marble


Charles Henry Marble, a progressive and practical farmer of Allamakee county, owning and operating seventy-five acres of land on sections 16 and 17, Linton township, was born in Clayton county, December 13, 1858. He is a son of Moses and Fanny (Snook) Marble, both natives of Trumbull county, Ohio, the former born in 1814 and the latter in 1820. In early life the father followed the wagon-maker’s trade but later turned his attention to farming. He emigrated first to Illinois and then to Iowa, locating in Clayton county in 1845, and in Linton township, Allamakee county, in 1860. He became an extensive landowner, his holdings lying in the vicinity of what is now Big Foot school, and he continued to operate them until 1883, when he moved upon the farm where the subject of this review now resides. He improved and developed this property for some time and died upon his holdings in 1887, having survived his wife one month and twelve hours. At the time of the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in a volunteer company in Ohio but was never called to the front. He was, however, at all times loyal and progressive in matters of citizenship and was always ready to serve his county when called upon to do so. He was trustee for a number of years and was elected justice of the peace, although he did not qualify for this latter office. He and his wife became the parents of seven children, of whom the subject of this review is the sixth in order of birth.

Charles H. Marble was reared upon his father’s farm and at an early age became thoroughly familiar with the best agricultural methods. He continued to assist in the operation of the homestead until he was twenty-one years of age and then worked in the employ of others, continuing, however, to reside with his parents until their deaths. He succeeded to the ownership of the farm and has since continued to reside thereon, operating seventy-five acres of valuable land on the Yellow river, his holdings lying on section 16 and 17, Linton township. He here carries on general farming and has been very successful, for he understands his business thoroughly, is progressive in his ideas and practical in his methods. He is a stockholder in Monona Creamery Company and his ability is recognized and respected in business circles.

On the 9th of November, 1879, Mr. Marble was united in marriage to Miss Agnes J. Wallace, who was born near Farmersburg, Clayton county. She is a daughter of Jarad T. and Mary L. (Wallace) Wallace, natives of New York state, the former born in 1834 and the latter in 1839. The father was a sailor in his early life and later followed the blacksmith’s trade. He was an early settler in Iowa, locating in this state in 1848, and he grew to manhood here, afterward following the blacksmithing business in Clayton county., In 1877 he took up his residence in Sixteen, Linton township, and from there moved to what was then known as Bunker Hill., He followed the blacksmith’s trade there and at Waukon Junction and then returned to Sixteen. A short time before his death he went to Jackson county, Wisconsin, on a visit to his brother and there passed away in 1879. His wife survived him many years, dying in May, 1908. He tried to enlist for service in the Civil war but was refused on account of an injured foot. He was, however, a stanch supporter of the Union cause and during his entire life loyal and public-spirited in matters of Citizenship. Mr. and Mrs. Marble became the parent of two children, the elder of whom died in infancy. The other, Laura L., was born September 13, 1881, and is the wife of Charles J. Vaughan, a farmer in Linton township.

Mr. Marble gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has always been interested in the cause of education, doing capable and far-sighted work in its promotion as school director. Having spent practically his entire life in this community, he has drawn around him a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who entertain for him the highest respect and esteem, a fact which indicates that the principles which have guided his conduct have ever been those which govern honorable and upright manhood.

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

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