CHAMBERS C. LARUE, who died October 6, 1899, at his home in Big Grove township, came to Benton county, Iowa, with his parents in 1856. He was born in Ohio, November 18, 1835, and was a son of Aaron and Asenath (Harris) LaRue, who upon coming to Benton county located in the southern part of Big Grove township where they both died. They became the parents of eleven children, of whom four sons and three daughters are living, outside of Benton county.
Chambers C. LaRue was reared and educated in Ohio until eighteen years of age, and after coming to Benton county lived there the remainder of his life. He enlisted in Company G, Thirteenth Iowa Regiment, under Captain Shane, and served throughout the war. He was seriously wounded during service. Upon returning home he resumed farming. He made many improvements, and at one time owned some four hundred acres of land, but had given it all to his children save one hundred and sixty acres which his widow now owns. Politically he was a Republican, and served in various local offices. He was a member of P. M. Coder Post No. 98, Grand Army of the Republic. He and his wife belonged to the Christian church of Vinton.
Mr. LaRue married, in 1866, in Marshall county, Iowa, Eliza, sister of Lewis Shutts, of Big Grove township, also a veteran of the Civil war. The Shutts family came to Iowa in 1858 from Pennsylvania; Mrs. LaRue was born in Potter county, Pennsylvania, December 5, 1839. Mr. LaRue and his wife had four daughters and one son, namely: Agnes, wife of 0. P. Tyler, of Big Grove township; Josephine, died in her nineteenth year; Bernice, wife of J. A. Healy, living near Mount Auburn; Katherine, widow of J. D. Rodgers, residing in Benton county; and Harry C., a farmer of Lucas county, Iowa, who married Stella Campbell. Mr. LaRue and his wife gave their children good educational advantages, and Bernice and Katherine attended the Iowa State Agriculture College, of Ames, of which the latter is a graduate.
Mr. LaRue was an enterprising, ambitious farmer and a keen business man. He was a man of high character, well known in the community, where he was universally respected, and his loss was sincerely mourned. He was a public-spirited citizen, and made his influence felt.