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Charles A Upton


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 6/1/2010 at 20:17:03

Incessant effort along agricultural lines put forth by Charles A Upton has resulted in the accumulation of 213 acres of valuable land which eh owns on section 12, Beaver township. This farm is highly improved and operated along modern lines, It having in the course of years become one of the most profitable of the neighborhood. Its prosperous condition is entirely due to the judicious and capable management which Mr Upton exercises in all his affairs.
Charles A Upton was born in Illinois May 1, 1868, and is a son of Albert and Henrietta (Delate) Upton, the father a native of Vermont and the mother of Illinois. The former removed to the Prairie state in early life and farmed there until 1870, when he came to Boone county. Here he bought land in Beaver township, which he improved and cultivated until 1899, when he retired. He now lives in Ogden, having reached the age of seventy-six while his wife is sixty-five years old.
Charles A Upton was reared and educated in Boone county and remained with his parents until he reached his majority. He early learned valuable agricultural lessons under the guidance of his father. After passing his twenty-first birthday he went to Sioux City, where he was connected with railroad construction work for one year. He then returned home and rented land which he successfully operated for eleven years. At the end of that time he had acquired the means which enable him to buy his present place of 213 acres on section 12, Beaver township. He immediately set about to install improvements and by careful rotation of crops and proper cultivation has made his farm one of the most profitable in his neighborhood. His buildings are most substantial, sanitary and modernly equipped. His barn is one of the best, if not the very best in Boone county. The rest of his equipment and machinery is in conformity with this standard. The farm which Mr Upton owns is doubly valuable because it is under laid with a rich layer of valuable coal. he has been offered as high as thirty-five thousand dollars for the coal rights but considers himself justified in holding out for a price of not less than sixty thousand dollars.
On December 23, 1890, Mr Upton married Miss Anna C Flannery, a daughter of Thomas and Annie (Brennan) Flannery, natives of Ireland. He parents came to America when young and at first located in Clinton county, Iowa. In 1887 the father removed to Boone county and here was successful as an agriculturist for many years. He now lives retired, residing in Kansas at the age of eighty-four years. His wife died March 29, 1901. Mr and Mrs Upton have four children: Grace E the wife of David Hamilton, who farms in Beaver township, Maude M who is twenty years of age, and Albert Edward and Henrietta Anna twins who are twelve years of age.
Mr Upton served for some time as trustee of Beaver township and always has allied himself with men who were willing to sacrifice private interests in order to promote the public welfare. He combines stock raising with general farming and is successful in breeding Hereford cattle and raising standard horses. He derives quite and addition to his income form dealing in the latter animals. Mr Upton is a republican and strongly believes in the policy of that party. His wife is a member of the Catholic church and both are widely and favorably known in Beaver township for their high qualities of mind and character. They merit the respect which is shown them and are worthy of the prosperity which has come to them as the result of enterprise, industry and honorable principles.

1914 Boone County History Book


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