|Charles Wilbert Eye
Born May 1, 1874
|Charles Wilbert Eye, a successful representative of the agricultural interests of Madison township, was born in Wyoming township, this county, May 1, 1874. His parents, Selo and Margaret (Pilsenbarger) Eye, are numbered among the early settlers of this section of the state. The father came from West Virginia, his native state, in his young manhood, and the mother was born in Illinois, while her parents were en route to Iowa. The young people took part in the development of the country and when in the course of years they were married they located in Wyoming township, where they still reside, Mr. Eye long figuring as one of the enterprising and prosperous farmers of the community.
Charles Wilbert Eye attended the common schools from which he received fair instruction in the rudimentary branches of English education. He worked with his father during vacations, so that when twelve years ago he decided to engage in farming for himself, he was not unprepared for his responsibilities. It was in 1897 that he rented a farm in the neighborhood in which he had grown to manhood and four years later he assumed the management of his father's place, while in 1907 he purchased the land on which he lives and works today.
It is a tract of one hundred and sixty acres, well improved, and cultivated in a way to obtain the largest harvests possible. In addition to the raising of cereals, Mr. Eye has engaged extensively in the stock business for the last four years making a specialty of Aberdeen Angus cattle. In the fall of 1909 he had two carloads ready for the market and as they were fine animals, he disposed of them with a handsome profit to himself. His income, sufficient to permit his enjoyment of many of the luxuries of life is earnest of the industry with which he has pursued the calling to which he has devoted himself.
In 1896 Mr. Eye was united in marriage to Miss Bertha N. Wright, of Wyoming, and they now have two sons and a daughter: Charles H., Joyce 0. and Loyal E. He and his wife are consistent members of the Presbyterian church. Since he has been of an age to exercise the franchise right of every American citizen he has cast his ballot invariably for the candidate of the democratic party, as he places the utmost reliance in the ideas promulgated by it. He has never sought official preferment for himself, however, although the success which he has won in his work and the strong qualities of his personality would naturally suggest him to the minds of his fellows as an efficient trustee of the people's interests.History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 573.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 573.
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