|Charles W. Iosty
April 24,1847–June 4, 1936
|Charles W Iosty was born April 24,1847 and died June 4, 1936 at the age of 89 years, 1 month and 11 days. He was born in Melson, Prussia, and was of Russian-Swiss birth and was the eldest in a family of nine children. At the age of 6 months he moved with his parents to a small town near Berne and came to the United States at the age of 3 years and settled at Baraboo, Wis., where he grew to manhood. His father enlisted in the 3rd Wisc. Cav. and served during the four years of the Civil war. Charles W., being the oldest in the family, assumed the duties of the farm and acted as head of the family during this period, thus assuming great responsibility at an early age.
The family moved to Iowa and settled on a farm north of Anamosa in Jones county in 1870. He was married to Martha Snyder on Nov. 13, 1875. Five children were born to this union, and all are living today. They are: Alva G. and Charles Burton of Cedar Rapids; Mrs Carrie Mason of Lisbon; Mrs. Fannie Beaver of Des Moines; Clifford W., of Mount Vernon.
Mr. Iosty's entire life was spent in farming. He purchased an 80 acre farm north of Anamosa in 1880. He cleared the entire acreage of hazel brush and timber and built his own farm buildings, using lumber from his own land. He was adept at construction work and was able to do all his own carpenter work, masonry, etc. He was also a capable blacksmith. All the children with exception of Alva G. were born on the homestead.
In 1902 he purchased a 240 acre farm east of Hale, where they lived until retiring from active duty.
His was the hardy pioneer stock, a devout Christian, his home was ever open to worthwhile community projects. The church always came first in his plans and he could be always depended upon to contribute in time and money to every Methodist project. Ministers always made his home their headquarters. He as aggressive, industrious and always a happy, friendly man. Successful in his chosen vocation of farming, he was a good provider for his family. His fine Christian character will ever be an influence for good for all who came in contact with him.
Burial in Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Submitted by: Joanne Wilken