C. W. Statler was for many years actively engaged in farming and bore his part in the work of development in
his locality. He was born in 1834, in Ohio, and received an excellent education in his native state. When this
county was still a pioneer region he located upon a farm and continued to operate it until his demise. He was energetic
and diligent and as his methods were practical his labors yielded him a good return year by year.
In 1873 Mr. Statler married Miss Angeline Blair, a native of Tennessee and a daughter of Montgomery and Mary (Carson)
Blair, both likewise born in that state. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Blair was solemnized in Tennessee but in
1852 they came to Iowa county, Iowa, making the journey with covered wagons. It took six weeks to make the trip
and upon arriving here they found a district the improvement of which seemed scarcely begun. The father entered
land and built a log cabin which served as a residence for a considerable time. Both he and his wife passed away
in this county. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are still living. To Mr. and Mrs. Statler
were born three daughters and a son: Mary M., now Mrs. Ira Hutson; Elizabeth, who married A. Lavell; Maud, deceased;
and Harry, of this county.
Mr. Statler was justly proud of his record as a soldier, as he served for three years in Company I, Twenty eighth
Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and participated in many important engagements. At the battle of Champion's
Hill he was wounded in the left shoulder and he endured many hardships and discomforts. He was mustered out at
Davenport, Iowa, and then returned to the pursuits of civil life. His political belief was that of the democratic
party and for many years he was justice of the peace. He also served on the school board and held a number of township
offices, proving capable and conscientious as an official. The Christian church found in him a consistent member
and he took an active part in its work. His widow also holds membership in that organization and is much interested
in the extension of its influence. She owns a fine residence in North English and is well and favorably known there.
The demise of Mr. Statler occurred in December, 1904, and interment was made in the Clothier cemetery. He was a
true pioneer and disregarded privation and hard work, believing that he was more than compensated for all of the
unpleasantness of frontier life by the consciousness that he was gaining for himself material prosperity and that
he was also laying the foundation for a prosperous and progressive community in the future. It was a great gratification
to him that he lived to have a part in the life of his locality when the conditions of pioneer days were but a
memory and when Iowa county compared favorably in all that goes to make up civilization with the counties of the
older eastern states.
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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