Charles H Thrap
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 6/1/2010 at 19:45:18
Charles H Tharp has made farming a stock raising his life work and has always been a resident of Garden township, Boone county. He was born in that township, November 1, 1878, a son of Enoch H Thrap, who was born in Vermillion county, Illinois, October 28, 1836. Having spent the first thirty years of his life in the state of his nativity, Enoch H Trap came to Iowa I 1866, establishing his home in Garden township. He married Barbara Luther, who was born in North Carolina, June 28, 1847. Her parents were among the earliest setters of Boone county, having established their home with its borders in 1866. Enoch H and Barbara (Luther) Thrap still reside on the old homestead where they located in 1866. There were six children in their family: Francis Marion who was born May 4, 1870, and is now deceased, Clara Belle, who was born in 1871 and has passed away, Mrs Dora Morning who was born July 20, 1872, and now resides at Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Samuel who was born April 9, 1874, and has departed this life, one who died in infancy, and Charles H of this review. All were born on the old homestead in Garden township. Of this family Dora was married February 28, 1896, to Clinton Morning, and they lived near her fatherís home until the spring of 1912, when they removed to Sioux Rapids. They had three children, two daughters and one son, namely: Mae who was born February 14, 1897, and is now deceased, Ethel born December 18, 1902, and Harold Ray born July 27, 1906.
No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for Charles H Thrap, whoa the youngest of his fatherís family and spent his minority in the usual manner of farm lads. He attended the district schools and when not busy with his text books aided his father in cultivating the fields and caring for the crops. The occupation to which he was reared he has made his life work and he has remained on the home farm.
On September 10, 1902, Mr Thrap was married to Miss Carrie E Godfrey, wo was born in Cass township, Boone county, Iowa April 2, 1885. She attended the pubic schools, as reared to womanhood in this county and has always resided within its borders. Her father , Edward Godfrey was born December 25, 1849, and married Martha Houser, whose birth occurred n Worth township, Boone county, January 20, 1852, and who represented one of the early families of this section of the state. Mr and Mrs Godfrey now reside in a well furnished home in Madrid. There were twelve children in their family, namely: Mrs Mary Elizabeth McGuire, who was born March 14, 1868, and is now residing in Nebraska, Flora Belle, who was born March 8, 1870 and is deceased, Mrs Sarah Ida Hill who was born March 21, 1872, and lives in Colorado, Mrs Estella Luella Beasley who was born March 30, 1874, and is a resident of Worth township, James Edward, who was born June 5, 1878, and is now living in the northern part of the state, Servigna who was born November 8, 1880 and is in Douglas township, Albert who was born April 22, 1883, and resides at Storm Lake, Iowa, Mrs Thrap wife of the subject of this review, Mrs Lillian Mae Stover, who was born March 14, 1888, and is living in northern Iowa, Chads who was born October 30, 1891 and remains in Garden township, and Zylph, who was born June 27, 1896, and is now residing with the parents in Madrid. All were born and reared in Boone county. Mr and Mrs Thrap have four children: Ora Alma, who was born July 3, 1904, Hazel Florence who was born May 14, 1908, Ralph Waldo born November 18, 1909, and Marjorie Fern December 26, 1913.
In his political views Mr Thrap is independent nor has he ever held or desired office. He has served, however, in some school offices in his township and the cause of education finds in him a stalwart friend. His time and attention he give to his farm work and he raises a good grade of stock. Everything about the place indicated his progressive spirit. The family is neat and thrifty in appearance and the work is diligently carried forward with the result that success in substantial measure has come to him.
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