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Charles Henry Stout
Born April 8, 1873


Charles Henry Stout, one of the younger generation of farmers of Wayne township, was born in Cass township, Jones county, April 8, 1873, and is a son of William and Mary (Jacques) Stout. The parents were both natives of County Cork, Ireland. where William Stout was born July 13, 1825. At the time of the famine in the land of his birth he came to the United States, settling near the city of Boston, Massachusetts, where he was married and where three of his children were born. In 1870 the family came to Jones county, Iowa, locating upon forty acres he had purchased in Cass township. There he devoted himself to agricultural pursuits with considerable success, for at one time he owned two hundred acres in Cass and Wayne townships, and at the time of his death still owned one hundred and sixty. While in the east he had worked as a laborer so that on coming to the west he made the best use of the opportunities afforded by the farm to attain to a position of independence. He bad been reared in the faith of the Episcopal church and was a republican in his political views. On the 3d of July, 1898, in Wayne township, his life was brought to a close and he was buried beside his wife, who had died in September, 1890, at the age of fifty-nine. They were the parents of eleven children: Elizabeth, the widow of W. W. Gray; Richard, a resident of Cass township; John, who died at the age of eighteen; Charlotte, who died when fifteen years of age; Thomas, who died at the age of eighteen; Charles Henry, of this review; Dora E., who married Nelson Bradley and lives in Lamoine, Iowa; and four who died young.
Since he was fifteen years of age, Charles Henry Stout has lived upon the farm which is now his home and to which his parents moved in 1888. He has devoted his whole life to the cultivation of the soil, for even the period when the city boy spends his days in the preparation of lessons was not without its practical training for the vocation of his later years. He now owns one hundred and fifty acres, on sections 19 and 30, Wayne township, on which he follows general farming with profit to himself. He is both thrifty and hard working, and unites with these characteristics a will and capacity to make the best use of the scientific advancement in the methods of cultivating the soil. He makes an especial study of the crops best suited to his fields, finding his care well rewarded in bountiful harvests.
On the 23d of March, 1898, Mr. Stout wedded Miss Nellie E. Dunning, who was born in Cass township, June 16, 1875. Her parents, Harrison and Elizabeth (McDaniels) Dunning, were natives of New York state, the father having been born in Wyoming county, May 31, 1835, and his wife on Staten Island December 23, 1842. She came to Iowa with her parents, but he came here alone. In Anamosa they were married and then settled in Wayne township, where they passed the remainder of their days. Mr. Dunning was engaged in farming during his active life and saw several years of service as a soldier of the Civil war, for on the 1st of August, 1861, he enlisted in the Thirty-first Iowa Volunteer Infantry for three years. At the expiration of his term be reenlisted and remained at the scene of war until the close of hostilities. His life was ended November 17, 1902, and his wife had preceded him to the grave some years, her death having occurred May 5, 1898. They were the parents of three daughters: Vina, who is the wife of Frank Lamb, of Anamosa; Mary, who is the wife of Wylie Smith, of Jackson township; and Nellie, who is Mrs. Stout. Mr. and Mrs. Stout have two children: Mary E. and Clifford William.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 152.

William Stout, father of Charles Henry Stout.

Harrison Dunning, father of Nellie Dunning Stout.

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