Charles T Culver
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 10:17:52
Charles T Culver figured for many years upon the pages of business annals of Boone county and now he is enjoying a well merited rest after the years of labor and has put aside business cares, living in honorable retirement, one of the men of worth and value in the community. He makes his home at No 1211 Story Street, in the city of Boone, a place far removed from the locality in which he first opened his eyes to the light of day. He was born in Hampshire county, Massachusetts, June 12, 1836, and come of a family of Scotch ancestry that was founded in the old Bay state at a very early epoch in its history. The grandfather of our sketch was Charles Culver, who was born in Massachusetts, and Titus Culver, the father was likewise a native of Hampshire county, where he grew to manhood and married Ruth Slade. She too, was born in Hampshire county and was a daughter of Jacob Slade, a representative of another old family of the Bay state. Titus Culver engaged in farming in his native county and there spent his entire life, passing away on December 30, 1862, when he was seventy years of age. His wife survived him nineteen yeas, departing this life in 1881, in Boone, having spent her last years in the home of her son, C T Culver. In their family were twelve children, three sons and nine daughters, of whom our subject was the eleventh in order of birth.
Charles T Culver spent the first twenty years of his life in the county of his nativity, receiving fair school advantages there. In 1856, however, he left eh Atlantic coast and made his way to the Mississippi valley, stopping first in Illinois. He established his home in Boone county, that state, where he learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed for eight years. During that period he was married in Boone county, Illinois, January 19, 1862, to Hannah E White, a native of St Lawrence county, New York, and a daughter of Nathan White, one of the early settlers of Illinois, who there opened up a farm, upon which Mrs Culver was reared, while her education was pursued in the district schools near by.
In 1865 Mr Culver removed from Boone county, Illinois, to Boone county, Iowa, and made a permanent location here. From that time to the present he has been identified with public progress and improvement, and Boone county owes not a little of its advancement to his efforts in its behalf. He was elected a member of the first city council and aided in organizing the town and to his efforts is attributable the substantial improvement of the municipality in no small measure. Here he engaged in contracting an building for a number of years, following that pursuit until 1872, when he established a sawmill in Worth township and was engaged in the manufacture of lumber, that enterprise claiming his attention for a number of years. His health then failed him and not desiring to make further inroads upon his vitality or to undermine his constitution he retired from business life. As the years have passed he has made judicious investments in real estate and has built and owns several residence properties.
Mr Culver has filled the offices of assessor, marshal, and councilman. Both he and his wife are members of the First Methodist Episcopal church of Boone. No history of the city would be complete without the mention of Charles T Culver, for his work has been closely interwoven with its progress and improvement. He has watched the development of Boone from a crossroads village to one of the important municipalities of the state and no measure or movement calculated to prove of public good had ever solicited his aid or cooperation in vain.
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