Charles J Price
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:29:37
Charles J Price who carries on general farming on Sec 13, Colfax township, was born in Dixon, Lee county, Illinois, March 20, 1860, his father, Michael Price, removing from Illinois to Iowa in 1867, settling in Story county, on the Boone county line, the land which he owned extending across the border into both counties. He improved a good farm there, devoting his time to agricultural pursuits until called to his final rest. It was in may 1897, that he passed away, having reached the ripe old age of seventy-five years. His wife still survives him and yet resides on the old homestead. In their family were three sons and three daughters who reached mature years and are yet living with the exception of one daughter.
Charles J Price the eldest of this family, early became familiar with farm work all its departments. He was but seven years of age when he came with his parents to Iowa and was therefore reared amid the wild scenes of the frontier, and from actual experience is familiar with pioneer life in both the phases of its hardships and its pleasures. He assisted in the operation of the home farm, remaining with his father until he had reached mature years. He as then married in Story county, December 21 1881, to Anna G Black, who was born in Illinois, but spent the greater part of her girlhood in Story county. Her father, George F Black, died when Mrs Price as only two years of age. The mother afterward removed to Iowa, locating in Story county. Mr and Mrs Price began their domestic life upon a rented farm which was their home for one year, and then removed to the place which he had previously purchased on Sec 1, Colfax township. They had 80 acres of land there and at that place they continued to make their home until 1900, when they took up their abode on Sec 13, Colfax township, Mr Price having bought this place in July 1899. He is now operating both tracts of land with the aid of his sons and is engaged in raising a good grade of stock as well as cultivating the fields, which are planted to the cereals best adapted to the soil and climate.
Mr Price lost his wife in 1901. She passed away on October 8, of that years, and was laid to rest in Olive Branch cemetery, leaving four children: Alvin, Michael, Frank is farming for himself, but the others sons are associated with their father in the operation of his land.
Politically Mr Price is a Republican. When he attained his majority he probably cast his first vote for James G Blaine, the celebrated Maine statesman. He has served as supervisor of highways but the honors and emoluments of office have had little attraction for him. For eight years he was a member of the school board and along educational lines his efforts have been effective in promoting the intellectual standard of the young. Fraternally he is connected with Ontario Lodge, No 133, I O O F, while in his religious faith he is connected with the Dunkard church. Thirty-five years covers the period of his residence in Boone county. His life has been one of untiring industry, of devotion to the general good and of faithfulness in positions of public trust. True to manly principles, he enjoys in a high degree the confidence and good will of all with whom he is associated.
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