Charles Oscar Valline
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/14/2010 at 21:56:34
For the past twenty-five years Charles Oscar Valline has been conducting a general blacksmith and machine shop in Luther and is regarded as one of the leading business men of his community. Like many of the most enterprising citizens of Iowa he is a Scandinavian by birth, having been in the province of Westermoling, Sweden, March 2, 1850. In 1880 his parents G W and Ase (Ericís daughter) Valline, left that country and came to America, arriving in Ogden, Iowa, on May 27th of that year. The father was a carpenter by trade, but after coming to this country devoted his attention to farming. He died on December 11 ,1909, at the age of eighty-five years, and the mother passed away August 27, 1910 at the age of seventy-nine.
Charles Oscar Valline was their only child. He was reared and educated in the land of his nativity, remaining there until thirty years of age. His educational advantages, however were quite meager, but being ambitious to learn he attended night school for a time. Before leaving Sweden eh was married in 1874 to Miss E M Valline, who although of the same name, was not a relative. They have become the parents of three sons. Charles Oscar an engineer on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, residing at Boone, is married and has three sons living and one daughter deceased. H N who conducts a shop on the College campus at Ames, is married ans has two sons. William O who is also married and is a photographer by profession and makes his home in Des Moines, but is now traveling on account of ill health.
Mr Valline was thirty years of age when he emigrated to the new world and took up his residence in Ogden, Iowa, where he engaged in the blacksmith business for about ten years. At the end of that time he removed to Luther, where he has since carried on busies as a general blacksmith and machinist. He also conducts the only hotel in the town and being an enterprising and progressive business man, has met with the well deserved success in his undertaking. His fellow citizens, recognizing his worth and ability, have called upon him to serve in public office and he is now a member of the village council. His political support is given to the republican party, and he is a consistent member of the Swedish Lutheran church.
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