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Charles M. Booth

Charles M. Booth, operating one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 22, Tilden township, was born in Marshall county, IA, February 9, 1877.  He is a son of James R. and Anis (Gray) Booth, natives of Illinois.  

Charles was reared at home and acquired his education in the public schools of Cherokee County, having been but five years of age when his parents moved to this part of Iowa.  He remained at home until he was twenty one years of age and then rented his father's farm for two years. He has since been engaged in farming upon rented land and operates today one hundred and sixty acres on section 22, Tilden township.  He has lived upon this property for eleven years and  has carried forward the work of its cultivation in an able and progressive way.  In addition to general farming he breeds mules on an extensive scale and has made this branch of his activities an important and profitable one.

In January 1900, Mr. Booth married Miss Mabel McCoun, a daughter of John Tipton and Cornelia (Wright) McCoun, the former a native of Steamboat Rock, IA and the latter of Blackhawk county, this state.  The father came to Cherokee county in early life and located at Washta, where he erected and constructed the first blacksmith shop.  He is now living retired in that town.  Mr. and Mrs. Booth have become the parents of four children:  May, aged eleven, Frank, eight, Evan, three; and Velma, one.

In 1900, Charles' Uncle Rufus Booth lived with him and Mable in Grand Meadow Twp, Cherokee County, IA.  In 1910, Charles was 33 yrs old & farming near Marcus, IA.

Mr. Booth is a member of the Unitarian church and gives his political allegiance to the republican party.  He neither seeks nor desires public office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, and in the conduct of farming interests he is meeting with gratifying and well deserved success.
Source: Book of History of Cherokee County 1913

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