CHARLES HERBERT RATHBUN.
Although yet a young man, Mr. Rathbun has already entered the ranks of the landowners of Allainakee county by purchasing,
in 1912, an eighty acre farm, upon which he engages in general agricultural pursuits, giving considerable attention
to the raising of high grade shorthorn cattle. A native of Winneshiek county, Iowa, he was born three miles west
of Postville, November 4, 1885, and is a son of Bradshaw Rathbun, a native of New York state. His mother, who bore
the maiden name of Hall, was born in Iowa. In 1843 the father became a resident of Iowa, locating on the farm upon
which our subject was born and on which he settled with his father, Bradshaw Rathbun, Sr., thereby establishing
title to the family as early pioneers of the state. Upon this farm the father grew to manhood and there he continued
in his agricultural pursuits until he retired to Postville. Mr. and Mrs. Bradshaw Rathbun had six children: May,
a resident of Los Angeles, California, where, in connection with her brother, she conducts a mercantile establishment;
Hall, of Los Angeles; Frederick, who resides in Winneshiek county, Iowa; Bessie, the wife of Welton Cornell, who
owns a farm on the Military road, near Ossian, Winneshiek county; Blake, on the home farm; and Charles Herbert,
In the acquirement of an education Charles H. Rathbun attended the district school in his home township in Winneshiek
county. He remained at home until the age of twenty one and then worked as a farm hand, saving his earnings so
that he was enabled in the spring of 1912 to purchase the eighty acre farm upon which he now resides and which
is highly improved and cultivated. Substantial buildings can be found upon his place and he has installed the latest
machinery to facilitate the farm labor. He makes a specialty of shorthorn cattle, as his father did before him,
and keeps a number of high grade stock on hand. Practically all of his attention is given to the improvement of
the farm and he has already succeeded in such a measure that a bright future may be prophesied for him.
On February 23, 1912, Mr. Rathbun was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Nancy Huffy, who was born in Clermont,
Fayette county, Iowa, January 3, 189o, a daughter of Charles and Ella (Gordon) Huffy, both natives of this state.
The mother, however, is at present residing in Allamakee county.
The political views of Mr. Rathbun are independent, his support being given to the best candidates available, irrespective
of party lines. He shows a deep interest in the cause of education and at present efficiently serves as president
of the school board of the Highland district in Post township. Yet a young man, he has already attained to a position
of financial independence and is as highly esteemed and respected for the success he has attained thus far as for
those qualities of his character which have made that success possible.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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