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Charles F Pilcher


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/11/2009 at 17:24:29

Charles F Pilcher is the largest stock feeder of Des Moines township, and is a business man of marked ability, executive force and enterprise. His strong determination enables him to carry forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. Numbered among Boone county’s native sons his life history is known to his fellow men as that of one who has ever been honorable in business affairs, loyal in citizenship and trustworthy in all life’s relations.
Mr Pilcher was born on Christmas Day of 1856, and in the public schools acquired his education. Early in youth he worked upon the home farm, thus becoming familiar with the task of developing the fields and caring for stock. For about eight years he carried on railroad work, beginning in the capacity of a switcher on the Union Pacific line. Gradually however, he won promotion and other duties were entrusted to him. In 1889, however, he returned to his native county, where he engaged in farming and feeding cattle and has since carried on business in this way. He now feeds about three car loads of cattle each year and keeps on hand from thirty-five to forty head. He prefers the Hereford stock and has some full blooded animals of that bred. His farm comprises 80 acres of Iowa’s rich land and upon the place he has an excellent set of farm buildings. In addition to the management of his own property he has also carried on the home farm and has operated 350 acres of land. He is the largest stock feeder in the township and his labors in this regard are bringing to him a very gratifying success.
Mr Pilcher was married on December 29, 1896, to Miss Agness Lumley, a native of Trumbull county, Ohio, and a daughter of Ralph and Christina (Landles) Lumley, the former a native of England and the latter of Scotland. Her father is over seer of the tracks in the mines in this county and is a well known man. Mr Pilcher has served as a member of the school board and takes an active interest in everything connected with public progress and improvement. He votes with the Democratic party, but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, preferring that his time and energies should be given to his business affairs, which are of an important nature., making him one of the leading representatives of stock raising in this portion of Iowa.

1902 Boone County History Book


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