|Charles F. Saxon
Born August 4, 1869
|Charles F. Saxon took up his abode on his present farm in Madison township in 1900 and here owns one hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land which is the visible evidence of a well spent, active and honorable life. His birth occurred in Mercer county, Illinois, on the 4th of August, 1869, his parents being Daniel and Elizabeth (Phillips) Saxon, who were natives of Lancashire, England, and Cumberland, Maryland, respectively. The father, who was born in the year 1829, was a young man of twenty-one when he crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1850. He spent some years in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky and about 1860 located in Mercer county, Illinois, where he met the lady who afterward became his wife and who was residing with a sister at that time. Daniel Saxon prospected for coal and also took contracts for the sinking of coal shafts. In 1883 he left Mercer county and made his way to Frontier county, Nebraska, where he took up a homestead claim and carried on general agricultural pursuits until the time of his demise in May, 1891. His widow still survives and now makes her home with her children.
Charles F. Saxon obtained his education in the common schools and remained under the parental roof until twenty-five years of age, when he came to Jones county, Iowa, and for five years was busily engaged in the cultivation of a tract of rented land. In 1899 he rented a place of one hundred and forty acres ;and a year later bought and located on the farm of one hundred and ten acres in Madison township on which he has since continued to reside. In the spring of 1909 he extended the boundaries of the place by the purchase of an adjoining tract of fifty acres, so that his farm now embraces a quarter section of land, all well improved and highly cultivated. In addition to raising the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he also deals in stock to some extent, feeding a carload of cattle annually, and in both branches of his business is meeting with a most gratifying and well merited measure of success.
On the 6th of June, 1901, Mr. Saxon was united in marriage to Miss Lucy L. Brunner, of Marble Rock, Floyd county, Iowa, by whom he has two children, Dorothy E. and Carl B. He is a republican in his political views but does not consider himself bound by party ties and at local elections casts his ballot for the candidate whom he believes best qualified. He capably served as census enumerator for four years and at the present time is acting as a township committeeman. Fraternally he is identified with Elliott Lodge, No. 10, Highland Noblemen, and in religious faith is a Presbyterian, being a member of the board of trustees of the church. His wife holds membership in the Baptist church. Since starting out in life on his own account he has worked on persistently, year after year, and his diligence and perseverance constitute the basis of his present prosperity.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 120.
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