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Charles Barrow Family

Charles Barrow was born April 29, 1898, at Hynes, Iowa, the son of John J. and Dorothy Barrow. The family moved to Madrid in August, 1911, and, after attending the public schools, he started work at an early age as a water boy for the Milwaukee Railroad. He continued in this employment, and as a railway clerk for 50 years, retiring in 1963.

In June, 1919, he was married to Ella Lee of Cambridge, Iowa, and they lived in Madrid until 1964, when they moved to Des Moines. The family was active members for many years in the Rebekah and I.O.O.F. lodges, and in the Congregational Christian Church. Charles was a member of the city council for several years, and served as the Mayor of Madrid from 1946-48. The Barrows celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in 1975.

Two daughters were born to them. Shirley, now Mrs. Vernon Hill, of Des Moines has a son, Dennis R. Hill, and a daughter, Catherine S. Johnson, both of whom live in Des Moines. The Hills also have three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Bonnie Barrow Shoemaker lives in California, and has one son, Charles, and two daughters, Claudia Weber and Cheryl Riggs. She has four granddaughters, one grandson, and a great granddaughter, all of whom live in California.

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