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Charles Gurney
Born May 13, 1840


CHARLES W. GURNEY, proprietor of the Hesperian Nurseries, Monticello; is a native of Hampshire Co., Mass., and was born May 13, 1840. His father's farm joined the farm of William Cullen Bryant, and the families were intimately acquainted; when Charles was 17 years of age, he came West to Iowa and located in Fayette Co. Upon the breaking-out of the rebellion, he enlisted as private May 13, 1861, the day he was 21 years old, in the 3d I.V.I., Co. D; he was promoted through non-commissioned offices, and was commissioned Captain Co. C; the 2d Iowa and the 3d I.V.I., were consolidated, and he commanded Company I, of the 2d I.V.I.; he was afterward promoted and commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment. He was in many battles, and was with Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea and through the Carolinas. He was in the service four years and four months. After the war, he returned to Iowa, and, on the 17th of September, 1865, was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Butler, of Decorah, Winneshiek Co., Iowa. In November of the same year, they came to Jones Co. and located in Monticello. In 1871, he was appointed Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue. He established his nurseries in 1872. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace six years, and has been City Recorder, and has served in the City Council many years. He has recently bought a farm in Dixon Co., Neb., and contemplates engaging in the stock business there. Colonel and Mrs. Gurney have three sons and four daughters—Henry, DeLoss and Phil Sheridan, Eva, Grace, Lettie and Anna.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 669.

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