Charles L. Montross, who is dealing in real estate in Millersburg and is also identified with agricultural interests
of Iowa county, was born in Dayton township, this county, on the loth of July, 1871, a son of Elijah and Lucy (Hadsall)
Montross, both born in Pennsylvania. They grew to maturity and were married in the Keystone state, but in 1847
they migrated to Iowa, locating in Muscatine county upon a farm, which remained their place of residence for three
years. In 1850 the family removed to this county and for a time lived in Millersburg but later settled on a farm
in Dayton township, which the father purchased He passed away in 1898 at the advanced age of eighty three years,
and his widow, who died in 1913, was eighty one years old.
Charles L. Montross received a common school education in his youth and also learned much concerning the farm work.
After reaching maturity he continued to reside at home, working in partnership with his father and brothers until
1897, when he removed to Millersburg and purchased the Farmers Cooperative Creamery Company's plant and engaged
in the creamery business, with which he was identified for eighteen months. He was then appointed postmaster of
Millersburg and held that office for two years, when he resigned and established himself in the restaurant and
grocery business. He sold out after nine months, however, and turned his energies into another line of activity,
becoming a real estate and insurance agent. He is still active in those fields of endeavor and as he is well acquainted
with the local real estate market and represents first class insurance companies, he derives a good income from
his business. He also owns two farms, one in Dayton township comprising two hundred and twenty acres, and the other,
of seventy acres, in English township, a half mile north of Millersburg. He makes his home on the latter place
and personally supervises its operation. He also owns the opera house of Millersburg and other town property and
is one of the well to do men of his township.
In 1891 Mr. Montross married Miss Sarah Taylor, of Dayton township, this county, and their living children are
six in number: Andrew H., who is farming his father's farm; Mabel, the wife of Alfred Lortz, of Pilot township;
and Rilla, Ilene, Hubert and Dorothy, all at home.
Mr. Montross is a republican and for twelve years served as constable, while for many years he was on the school
board. He is affiliated with Millersburg Lodge, No. 364, I. O. O. F., and his wife is a member of the Methodist
Protestant church. They have many friends, their estimable qualities winning them respect and warm regard.
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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