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Charles Andrew Schwab
Born October 10, 1855


C. A. SCHWAB, farmer, Oxford Twp., Sec. 4; P.O. Oxford Junction; born in Amboy, Ill., in 1855; came to Iowa in 1860, and owns fifty acres. Politics, Republican; religion, Evangelical Lutheran. His wife, Mary E. Walston, was born in Jones Co. in 1855, and was married May 13, 1879.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 596.

Charles Andrew Schwab, conducting a profitable business as a general farmer and stock raiser, owning and cultivating one hundred and sixty acres of land, constituting the northeast quarter of section 9, Oxford township, was born in Amboy, Lee county, Illinois, October 10, 1855. He was only six months old when his parents. Martin and Mary (St. John) Schwab, removed to Oxford township, Jones county. The father was a native of Germany, the mother, of Ireland,. and they were married in the state of New York. Soon afterward they sought a home in the middle west, locating first in Lee county, Illinois, while in 1856 they became residents of Jones county, Iowa, and spent their remaining days upon the farm which is now the home of their son Charles. Here the father died in March, 1909, at the venerable age of eighty-four years, while his wife, who was born in 1827, passed away in 1893. Their family numbered seven children: John H., who is living in Grinnell, Iowa; Charles A., of this review; Mary Ellen, who died at the age of twenty-five years; Margaret Mary, who died when twenty-two years of age; Martin Luther, who passed away at the age of twenty-five years; George S., who died leaving a widow and one daughter; and Delia Jane, who died when two and a half years of age; The eldest two are the only ones now living.
As previously stated, Charles A. Schwab was but six months old when his parents came to Oxford township and here he has since lived with the exception of about eight years spent in Story county, Iowa. He continued on the old homestead until three years after his marriage when he went to Story county, there continuing until about 1905 when he took up his abode upon his present farm, constituting the northeast quarter of section 9, Oxford township. This is a well improved tract of land supplied with good buildings which are kept in a state of excellent repair. The father bought eighty acres of this as raw prairie and made all of the improvements upon it, while later he purchased eighty acres more. Mr. Schwab is diligent in carrying on the work of the fields, developing the land according to modern methods and annually harvesting good crops as the reward of his labors. In addition to cultivating the crops best adapted to soil and climate he makes a specialty of the raising of Norman horses. He likewise conducts a dairy business and sells to the creamery company. He also raises fruit of all kinds upon his place and has a splendidly developed property, well equipped in all lines of general farming.
In 1879 Mr. Schwab was united in marriage to Miss Ella Walston, a native of this county and a daughter of William Walston. She died leaving three children: Ira Martin; Lula Pearl, the wife of John Tordson, of Oxford Junction; and Ernest A. For his second wife, whom he wedded in 1894, Mr. Schwab chose Mrs. Minnie (Turkle) Schwab, his brother's widow. She is a native of Ohio and a daughter of Joseph Turkle. By this marriage there is one son, Lloyd Turkle, and by her former marriage Mrs. Schwab has a daughter, Laura Elizabeth. Mr. Schwab belongs to the Modern Woodmen Camp and to the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and is a member of the Lutheran church of Oxford Junction. He has worked diligently and persistently to attain the success which is now his and as the years have gone by his energy has conquered all the difficulties and obstacles in his path, making him one of the substantial farmers of the district.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 165.

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