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Charles Creglow

CREGLOW, BECHTELL, KNEFF, STEALY

Posted By: Roseanna Zehner (email)
Date: 11/7/2003 at 21:42:25

CREGLOW, CHARLES
Charles Creglow is a citizen of the village of Doon, Lyon county, and a member of the noted firm of Kennedy & Creglow, dealers in agricultural implements.

Mr. Creglow was born in Clayton county, Iowa, in 1861, and while still a small child, only two years old, his parents removed to Buchanan county, thence to Fayette county, and in 1875 made their first settlement in Lyon county, locating at Rock Rapids, where young Charles finished his schooling in 1880. That year he entered the office of the Rock Rapids Review, and learned the art of the typesetter. in 1883, in company with A.H. Davison he bought the paper, changed its politics to the side of Democracy, and helped organize the party in the county, which as yet had not been fairly done. The paper has since been maintained as a Democratic publication, and has done much for the success of the principles it has championed in Lyon county. In 1884 Mr. Creglow bought out Mr. Davison and edited the paper for a year by himself, when he sold it to accept the position of deputy county treasurer. He served the people of the county four years in this capacity.

Mr. Creglow came to the rising village of Doon in 1889 in company with Miller & Thompson, and organized the Doon Savings Bank, with a cash capital of $10,000, he himself being the cashier, and practically in entire charge of the enterprise, as the gentlemen associated with him had other business elsewhere and could give but little time to the enterprise at Doon.

In the year 1902 Mr. Creglow retired from the bank, which had greatly prospered under his management, to devote himself to the care of a stock farm of four hundred and seven acres, which he had bought and put in shape for large operations. He is now turning off about $5,000 worth of cattle a year, besides large numbers of hogs. In real estate and insurance he has a fine and increasing patronage. In political matters he is a Democrat, though he takes a strongly independent position and insists on the right of doing his own thinking. Religiously he is a member of the Congregational church, and in 1880 was a charter member of Palladium Lodge, No. 91, K.P., in which he has held all the official chairs, and was a representative in the grand lodge at Cedar Rapids in 1887. His name also appears on the charter of the Doon Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow. No. 517, in which he has also passed all the chairs, and is entitled to attend grand lodge as representative of the local order. For one term he was district deputy of Lyon county.

Mr. Creglow was married December 29, 1892, to Miss Minnie, daughter of the Rev. M. M. Bechtell, who was of pioneer stock, and came of an ancestry that ran back to Holland and Germany. He was educated for the Lutheran ministry, and ably met the requirements of that sacred office. Elizabeth Kneff, his wife and the mother of Mrs. Creglow, was a descendant of an English ancestry. Mr. and Mrs. Creglow have one child, Ruth, a bright and winsome little maiden of some seven years of age.

Andrew Creglow, the father of Charles, was a successful farmer, and has devoted all his active years to the cultivation of the soil. He is still living, and has attained the venerable age of eighty-five years. His wife, Catherine (Stealy) the mother of Charles Creglow, was a daughter of Taylor Stealy, and was born near Gettysburg. Her people were of the old Holland blood and breeding.

source: Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO., Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905

transcribed & submitted by Roseanna Zehner, Lyon co. IAGenWeb coordinator

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