|Charles O. Woodard
Born September 17, 1869
|Charles 0. Woodard, whose standing as a farmer and business man is known all over Jones county, has for many years been a resident of Hale township. He was born in this county, two and a half miles northwest of Wyoming, Madison township, September 17, 1869, a son of Leonard and Jennie (Hall) Woodard. The father was a native of Oneida county, New York, while the mother was born near Dunkirk, New York, being a daughter of Joseph and Sophia (Taylor) Hall, both natives of the Empire state. Three children were born to them, as follows: Lewis, of Wyoming; Charles O., of Hale and Albert, of Canada. After losing his first wife in Ohio, Leonard Woodard removed to Jones county, Iowa, where he now resides.
Until he attained his majority, Charles 0. Woodard assisted his father upon the homestead, but at that age he commenced working out by the month on neighboring farms, being thus employed for a year. After his marriage he rented land in Madison township and commenced farming for himself. In 1903 Mr. Woodard bought his present farm of one hundred and eighty-seven acres on section 11, Hale township, and he also has fourteen acres on the Wapsi river. His farm is well improved and yields a comfortable annual income. He has learned the best methods of working his land so as to secure the largest profits and he feels satisfied with the results of his efforts and good management.
In 1891 Mr. Woodard married Amanda Lage, of Rock Island, Illinois, who was born in March, 1873, a daughter of Henry and Margaret Lage, natives of Germany, who now, reside in Wyoming. Mr. and Mrs. Woodard have two children, namely: Bertha L. and Margaret. Mr. Woodard is a republican but as yet his farm duties have prevented his holding public office. His religious affiliations are with the Methodist church of Hale, of which he is a member.
One of the best stone quarries in the neighborhood is located on his farm. It has been in operation for fifty years and all of the stone used in Wyoming was procured from this quarry. Other villages and towns also depend upon it for stone as the product of the quarry is excellent. A good farmer and business man, careful and conscientious in his dealings with others, consistent in his church life, Mr. Woodard is a good citizen and a man whose example others would do well to follow. He and his wife have an ideal home life and welcome their friends with true hospitality that knows no distinction because of social standing or worldly prosperity.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 187.
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