Charles A Upton
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 22:17:37
Charles A Upton, for thirty-one years Charles A Upton has resided in Boone county and is wifely acquainted with in its borders, where he is recognized as a valued citizen and a progressive farmer. He was born in Jo Davies county, Illinois, on May 1, 1868, and is a son of Albert Edward and Henrietta (Dellate) Upton. His father was born in Vermont and when about four years of age became a resident of Beloit, Wisconsin, and from there removed to Jo Davies county, Illinois, in the years 1862, and through the succeeding decade he was there engaged in framing with a fair degree of success. On the expiration of that period he came to Boone county, locating on a farm in Beaver township. He afterward purchased some land and became one of the largest land owners in his township. A few years ago he removed to the village of Ogden, where he has since lived retired and his rest is well merited, as his life of industry should be crowned by a period of ease. He and his wife were the parents of four children, the eldest being Charles A, of this review. The others are: George H, who reside upon his fatherís farming Beaver township. L L who is also living on that farm, and one that died in infancy.
Under the paternal roof Charles A Upton spent he days of his boyhood and youth. He was but four years of age when the family came to Boone county and upon the home farm he continued to remain until he had reached manís state, when he removed to Sioux City, Iowa, where he was engaged in constructing the grade for a railroad company. This work occupied his attention for three months and he then took a contract for doing some work for the Illinois Central Railroad Company at Cherokee, Iowa. On the expiration of another three months he sold his grading outfit and was then engaged in buying and training race horses and in racing them throughout this part of the state. Thus three years passed by during which time Mr Upton also devoted some attention to the operation of a threshing machine in this section, in fact, he followed the latter business for six years. He today owns 213 acres of well improved land on Sec 12, Beaver township, and his time and energies are devoted to general farming, his well tilled fields indication him to be a man of practical views and progressive ideas.
In 1891 Mr Upton was unite din marriage to Miss Annie C Flannery a daughter of Thomas Flannery who was born in Kilkenny county, Ireland, and came to America at an early day, residing Clinton county until 1898, when he came to Beaver township, this county, and was engaged in farming for a short time. He then removed to Boone, where he is now living a honorable retirement from labor. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Annie Brennan, was also a native of Ireland and her death occurred in March 29, 1901. Unto Mr and Mrs Upton have been born four children: Grace Edna, born in 1892, Maud ;Marie, born in 1895, Henrietta and Albert Edward (twins) born March 9, 1902.
Mr Upton has studied the political situation of the country and the issues of the day have led him to ally his strength with the Republican party, for he has firm faith in its principles. For six years he served as road supervisor in his township and is now filling the position of president of the school beard in his district. Having long resided in this portion of the state, Mr Upton is wifely known and his circle of friends is almost co-extensive with the circle of his acquaintances. His life record is of such a character as to commend him to public confidence and regard, and with pleasure we present his history to our readers.
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