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James Charles Judge


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/13/2010 at 18:17:51

James Charles Judge is one of the most prosperous of Boone county’s farmers, being the owner of 420 acres of fertile land, his home being on section 23, Colfax township. He also holds title to an additional 200 acres in this county, 120 of which are in Des Moines township. He was born in Monroe county, Wisconsin, near the town of Albany on September 24, 1861, his parents being James and Bridge (Kelley) Judge, extended mention of whom is made in the sketch of Ralph Judge of Des Monies township. The Kelley’s came to the United States at about the same time as Jams Judge and located for a time in New York. An uncle of our subject, John Kelley went to New Orleans, where he engaged in business and where his death occurred about 1865. James Kelley, brother of John, lived for a time in Madison, Wisconsin where he conducted a fuel business for several years, but later removed to Milwaukee, where he passed away in 1913.
James Charles Judge was but ten years of age when the family came to Boone county. His primary education had been acquired in Green county, Wisconsin, and he became a pupil in Colfax township schools of this county. At the age of eighteen his formal schooling was over and he devoted his time to the work of the farm. When twenty-one he left his father’s home and began his independent career. He purchased 80 acres on section 23, Colfax township on which he built a small house on the site of his present commodious dwelling. He has successfully carried on general farming and stock raising until he is now one of the large landowners of the county. His prosperity has not been due to chance but to his own foresight and wise management, and the competence which he enjoys affords added satisfaction because so well earned.
On October 17, 1893, Mr Judge was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Coleman, who was born March 24, 1862, at St Louis, and received her education in Monroe county, Iowa whither her father, Joseph Coleman took his family when she was but three or four yeas of age. Mr Coleman was a native of County Tipperary, Ireland. The children born to the union of Mr and Mrs Judge are: William H whose birth occurred September 6, 1894, Charles L, born March 2, 1896, James E August 16, 1898, Theresa L June 17, 1900, Richard C June 2, 1903, and Emmet C March 25, 1907.
The parents are members of the St Cecelia Roan Catholic church at Ames, Iowa. Mr Judge gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and has held a number of township offices. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. His life has been a distant asset to Boone county and his just reward is the sincere esteem of all who know him.

1914 Boone County History Book


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