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Charles L. McGonigle
Monona Twp.

Charles L. McGonigle was born in Junaitta County, Pa., on the 11th day of February, 1836, a son of Bartimeus and Catherine (McDonald) McGonigle, who married about 1831, and were the parents of nine children, five living--Charles L., Clamanda C., John H., William A. and Amanda M. In 1839 the family emigrated to Linn County, Ia., and located near Center Point, being among the pioneers of that place. In 1847 they came to Clayton County and located on section 11, Monona Township, where Mr. McGonigle entered land and engaged extensively in farming. In 1853 he went to California, where he was engaged in mining, and remained there until his death, which occurred in 1868. Mrs. McGonigle is still living in Elkader, Ia. Mr. McGonigle was active in politics in an early day, and was elected as one of the first County Commissioners of Linn County; he was also a candidate for the Legislature. The subject of this memoir was reared on his father's farm and received a liberal education. At the age of twenty-four he commenced teaching school, which he followed a number of years. In June, 1864, he married Helen Barnes, a daughter of Isaac and Harriet (Churchill) Barnes. She was born June 30, 1846. By this union there are four children--Effie L., Mc B., Linnie C. and Bart C., who died Febrary 21, 1867. In the spring of 1867, Mr. McGonigle embarked in the mercantile business in company with Silas Egbort *, which occupation he followed until 1876, when he was elected County Recorder. Mr. McGonigle has sixty-five acres of beautiful land adjoining Monona, valued at $60 per acre.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1050



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