CHARLES F. STOOKEY represents the legal profession and is the Mayor of Shellsburg. He was born in Kosciusko County, Ind., March 21, 1856. His father, Abraham Stookey, was a native of Ohio, born in 1816, and removed with his parents to Kosciusko County, Ind. When he reached the age of twenty-one years he united in marriage with Sarah B. Lightfoot, also a native of Ohio. He was a farmer by occupation, and in 1858 came to Iowa and settled in Linn County, where he followed agricultural pursuits until the spring of 1884. He then removed to Shellsburg, Benton County, in which place he died Aug. 2, 1884. Mrs Stookey survives him, and is now living on the homestead in Linn County. Of their children five are living — Margaret, now the wife of G. W. Lightfoot; Marion F.; Maria A., the wife of J. E. McVey; Nelson H. and Charles F., the latter being the subject of this sketch. His early life was passed upon the farm, during which years he obtained a common-school education. He afterward attended school at Western College and at Iowa City. At the age of twenty-one he turned his attention to the legal profession, and afterward read law at Leon, Iowa, with his brother, Marion F., as preceptor, and Jan. 14, 1881, at Leon, was admitted to the bar of Iowa. He at once located at Shellsburg and hung out his "shingle," and has since given his whole attention to his profession. He has won the name of being one of the well-read and successful lawyers of Benton County. He is now engaged in the publication of the Saturday Morning Call at Shellsburg.
April 20, 1882, Mr. Stookey was married to Lucy A. White, a daughter of W. J. and Sarah White. She was born near Shellsburg. One son has been born to this union — Charles O. Mr. Stookey is a member of the I. O. O. F., both Subordinate Lodge and Encampment, and is a Republican in politics.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 240-241.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.