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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.

  
 

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Charley L. Waltz.

For nearly three decades Charley L. Waltz has resided within the borders of Adair county, being now widely recognized as one of its successful farmers and prominent stockmen and owning one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land on section 22, Union township.  His birth occurred in Morris, Illinois, on the 28th of November, 1877, his parents being Adam and Jane (Gravatte) Waltz, a record of whom appears elsewhere.

Charley L. Waltz remained on the home farm until twenty-three years of age and, assisting his father in the work of the fields, gained practical knowledge of the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for crops.  Starting out as an agriculturist on his own account, he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land in Union township, this county, but disposed of the property two years later and bought a tract of one hundred and sixty acres on section 22, Union township, which he has operated continuously to the present time and has brought to a high state of cultivation and improvement.  The place is lacking in none of the conveniences and accessories of a model farm of the twentieth century and the exceptionally good buildings thereon include a comfortable residence for hired help.  Mr. Waltz makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred stock, including English Shire and Norman horses, Hereford cattle and Poland China hogs.  He has won first and second prizes on his English Shire stock at the Iowa state fair, now owns some of the finest horses of that breed in Iowa and will doubtless soon be able to compete with any of the stockmen of the state.  He is a member of the English Shire Association of America.

On the 15th of February, 1899, Mr. Waltz was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Gibson, who was born in Illinois, February 10, 1875, her father being Noah Gibson, who came from Illinois to Adair county, this state, in 1882 and settled in Union township.  He was an honored veteran of the Civil war and lived in the same vicinity as Mr. and Mrs. Waltz until his demise, which occurred in June, 1908.  Our subject and his wife are valued members of the Hill of Zion Christian church, taking an active and helpful part in its work.  They are well known throughout the community and justly merit the high regard and esteem which are uniformly accorded them.

 

 

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