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Charles W. Askew

ASKEW, THODA, STEARNS, CHAPPELL, RAWSON

Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall
Date: 11/7/2005 at 03:02:27

CHARLES W. ASKEW. More than thirty-four years have passed since Charles W. Askew first came to Ness County, and here he has been a constant contributor to the development of one of the prosperous farming counties of the Sunflower State. He was born October 4, 1858, at Lockport, New York, but came to Ness County from Clayton County, Iowa, in 1884.

Frederick Askew, the father of Charles W., was a farmer, born in Effingham, England, December 21, 1831. He came to the United States in 1849 with his parents, John and Liddy (Thoda) Askew, the former born in England in 1800. The children of Mr. and Mrs. John Askew were as follows: Frederick; Libbie, the wife of Charles F. Stearns, a pioneer of Elkader, Iowa, who later went to Sac City in the same state; Benjamin, who died at Waterloo, Iowa; and James, who died at Versailles, Missouri. Frederick Askew died at Lewiston, Idaho. He married Jane Chappell, a daughter of Mark Chappell, born on the Isle of Wight, and who still survives her husband. They were the parents of Charles W. and Nellie J., the latter of whom is the wife of Edward Rawson, of Portland, Oregon.

Charles W. Askew grew up in Clayton County, Iowa, and acquired his education in the country schools and at the Upper Iowa University of Fayette. A farmer's son, he learned farming and the features of farm and stock work, but began life as a thresher, owning and operating a machine with a partner. Following this he drifted into the wagon and carriage making business, doing custom and repair work at Fayette, but after three years of only moderate success in this enterprise gave it up and decided to come to Kansas.

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-source: A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Chicago: Lewis, 1918
-transcribed by the Baxter Springs Middle School students & their instructors, of Baxter Springs, Kansas

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