Biography of Charles A. Kessler
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Charles A. Kessler, who is identified with the stock raising interests of Hartford and Sumner townships, was born in the latter township on the 27th of August, 1868. His parents, John and Sophia (Felling) Kessler, were born in Germany but emigrated to America in their youth with their respective parents. The father, who was a baker by trade, removed from the state of New York to Dubuque, Iowa, where he resided until 1862, and then came to this county, settling on a farm in Sumner township, where both he and his wife resided until called by death.

Charles A. Kessler is one of eight children, of whom six are living. He remained with his parents until he attained his majority and then for four years rented the homestead, after which he purchased the place. He continued to reside upon that farm for six years and then sold it, buying one hundred and eighty acres on section 31, Sumner township. He resided there for seven years but in 1906 purchased the farm where he now lives, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 36, Hartford township. He likewise owns one hundred and ten acres on section 31, Sumner township, and all of his land is in a high state of cultivation. He concentrates much of his attention upon the raising and feeding of Duroc Jersey hogs and is meeting with gratifying success as a stock raiser.

In 1897 Mr. Kessler married Miss Maud Broachey, a native of this county. Her parents, Daniel and Catherine (Freeze) Broachey, were natives respectively of Maryland and Ohio and became early settlers of Sumner township, this county, both passing away upon the farm which the father purchased in that township. Four of their six children survive. Mr. and Mrs. Kessler have become the parents of three children: Ralph B., who is married and is farming in this county; Netha; and one who died in infancy.

Mr. Kessler is a republican and has been school director. Fraternally he belongs to Ladora Lodge, No. 622, I. O. O. F., and both he and his wife are identified with the Methodist Protestant church, of which he is one of the stewards. He has been very successful as a stock raiser and is identified with the financial interests of the county as a director of the Farmers Savings Bank of Ladora. His personal friends are many and all who know him speak highly of his ability and integrity.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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