CHARLES W. GOODMAN.
Among the successful agriculturists of English township is Charles W. Goodman, who was born in that township on
the 8th of April, 1879, a son of Frederick and Mary (Faas} Goodman, the former born in Germany and the latter in
Ohio. The father came to the United States many years ago and first located in Ohio, where his marriage occurred.
He and his wife later removed to Iowa county, Iowa, and settled upon a farm, where they continued to reside for
many years. The father passed away in 1911, but the mother is still living and makes her home in North English
Charles W. Goodman was given the opportunity to attend the common schools and also received valuable practical
training at home, as he assisted his father in the cultivation of the farm. When he reached his majority he went
to South Dakota and rented land for two years and then purchased a farm there. After devoting four years to its
cultivation he sold the place and returned to Iowa county, renting a farm belonging to his father for eight years.
He then purchased his present farm, which comprises one hundred and twenty acres of good land on section 35, English
township. It is well improved and everything about the place is kept in good condition, testifying to the energy
and thrift of its owner. He raises the usual crops and also raises stock and finds that the two activities coordinate
On August 5, 1900, Mr. Goodman married Miss Minnie Dietze, a native of this county, although her parents, William
and Louisa (Bartels) Dietze, were both born in Germany. At an early date in the history of this state they emigrated
to America and made their way to Iowa, settling in Iowa county, where they were married. Both are still living
and reside upon a farm in Dayton township. Mrs. Goodman is one of eleven children and by her marriage has become
the mother of a daughter, Mary L., whose birth occurred on the 17th of September, 1901.
Mr. Goodman is convinced of the wisdom of the principles of the democratic party and supports its candidates at
the polls. He has served as school director and takes a deep interest in everything relating to the welfare of
the public school system. He and his wife strive in their daily lives to practice the teachings of Christianity
and are loyal members of the Methodist Episcopal church of North English. In improving his land and bringing his
farm to a high state of development he has not only gained individual success but has also added to the material
wealth of his county, and he is a valued resident of his township.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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