Charles W. Fiester, secretary and general manager of the West End Grocery Company, in which connection he is
directing an important business enterprise of Independence, was born June 23, 1875, in the city which is still
his home, his parents being Roland B. and Marietta (Lowmiller) Fiester, both of whom were natives of Lycoming county,
Pennsylvania, born near Williamsport. In early life the father learned the carriage painter's trade and about 1864
removed to Iowa, where he continued in the painting business for a number of years. In fact he still follows it
to some extent, although he is now practically living retired from industrial life He is city assessor of Independence,
which position he has filled for several terms. To him and his wife have been born seven children: Janet, the wife
of Austin Hatch, cashier of the Harlem National Bank at Harlem, Montana; Charles W.; Sidney, who is engaged in
the restaurant business in Chicago and who married Gertrude Nelson, a native of Michigan; William A., who is associated
with his brother Charles in the grocery business; Archie, a resident of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who is in the
employ of the General Electric Company between Pittsfield and Schenectady, New York; Lena, at home; and Clarence,
who is with his brothers in the grocery store.
Reared in his native city, Charles W. Fiester attended the public schools and at the age of eighteen started out
in life on his own account, being employed as clerk in a grocery store in Independence, where he worked for others
for about seven years. Since that time he has been carrying on business on his own account as a stockholder in
the West End Grocery Company, of which he is the secretary and general manager. This is one of the important commercial
concerns of the city, having a liberal patronage. Mr. Fiester is also a landowner in Buchanan county but devotes
his entire attention to the management of the store, in which is carried a large and carefully selected line of
staple and fancy groceries. The business methods of the house are such as will bear the closest investigation and
scrutiny and their trade is constantly growing.
On the 10th of November, 1908, Mr. Fiester was united in marriage to Miss Mary Belle Donnan, a native of Independence
and a daughter of James B. and Martha (Ross) Donnan. In early life her parents Caine to Iowa, where the father
practiced law and also engaged in the abstract business. Mr. and Mrs. Fiester have one son, Charles Donnan, who
was born April 26, 1911.
Fraternally Mr. Fiester is connected with the Odd Fellows and his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church.
In politics he is a republican but the honors and emoluments of office have no attraction for him. He has preferred
always to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs and throughout his entire life has been connected
with the grocery trade, which he knows thoroughly and in which he is now meeting with substantial success.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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