C H Last
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Date: 4/26/2010 at 11:49:12
C H Last, who was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Boone county for a number of years, has lived retired in Beaver since the spring of 1913. His birth occurred in England on August 16, 1872, his parents being Richard J and Rebecca (Garnham) Last, who were likewise natives of that country. The father, who followed farming in England throughout his entire business career, passed away in that country in 1884. The demise of the mother occurred in the year 1913.
C H Last was reared and educated in his native land and when twelve years of age left the paternal roof to live with a uncle. He worked in a store I England for one year. In 1890, when a young man of seventeen he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, locating in Champaign county, Illinois, where for two years he was employed as farm hand. On the expiration of that period he came to Boone county Iowa and here continued as a farm hand for one year. He then rented a tract of land in Amaqua township and cultivated the same for eight years, at the end of which time he purchased 160 acres in the same township and began the improvement of the property. The operation of hat tract claimed his attention for a number of years, and he annually gathered rich harvests which found a ready sale on the amrket. In the spring of 1913, having accumulated a comfortable competence, he put aside the active work of the fields, disposed of his farm and took up his abode in Beaver where he purchased an attractive residence and has since lived in honorable retirement.
In November 1895, Mr Last was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Bakely, a daughter of Paul and Catherine (Agnew) Bakely, both of whom were natives of Germany. They emigrated to the United States and located in Ohio, where Mr Bakely was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1872. In that year he came to this county and purchased and improved a tract of land which he cultivated until his death n November 1901. His widow has attained the age of eighty-one years and resides in Beaver, this county. Mr Last is a republican in politics and a Methodist in religious faith. Both he and his wife enjoy an extensive and favorable acquaintance in the community and well merit the regard and esteem which are uniformly accorded them.
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