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.
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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