Charles C. Radley resides in an attractive modern residence that stands in the midst of a well improved farm
of two hundred and forty acres on section 18, Buchanan township. He has made his home here for nine years, which
period has been entirely sufficient to establish him among the representative and worthy agriculturists of the
community. He was born in Peoria county, Illinois, December 30, 1861, his parents being George and Miriam I. (Chessman)
Radley. The father's birth occurred in Devonshire, England, December 13, 1810, and the mother was born in New York
city, October 11, 1818. When eighteen years of age George Radley began working on a farm for his grandfather, in
whose employ he remained for seven years, and then went to Peoria county, Illinois, where he was married and began
farming on his own account, continuing to till the soil until he retired from active business life. At that time
he removed to Brimfield. In his family were six children: George, who is living in Dunlap, Illinois; Isabel, the
deceased wife of Arthur Cone; Jane, who died in infancy; William H., who has also passed away; Miriam, the deceased
wife of J. B. Congram; and Charles C.
The last named was reared upon the old homestead farm in his native county and early became familiar with the duties
and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, working in the fields from the time of early spring planting
until crops were harvested in the late autumn save for the periods which he spent in school. When he started out
in life on his own account he determined to follow the occupation to which he had been reared and was connected
with farming interests in Illinois until 1902, when he removed to Chillicothe, Missouri. After six months' residence
in that state, however, he came to Jefferson county, Iowa, and purchased his present farm, which is pleasantly
and conveniently situated not far from Fairfield, on section 18, Buchanan township. It comprises two hundred and
forty acres of rich and productive land, which is under a high state of cultivation, returning to him golden harvests
for the care and labor he bestows upon the fields. He also carries on stock raising. The farm is a well improved
property in every particular and his attractive modern home is commodious and conveniently arranged, containing
ten rooms. There are also substantial sheds and barns upon the place, giving ample shelter for grain and stock.
On the 17th of February, 1887, Mr. Radley was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Ella Silloway, who was born in Warren
county, Iowa, April 11, 1864, a daughter of Isgoldsby and Lydia (Huey) Silloway. The father was a native of Berlin.
Washington county, Vermont. born November 5, 1832, and the mother's birth occurred in Ohio county, West Virginia.
December 14, 1836. They were married in Peoria, Illinois, and spent the greater part of their lives there. but
for a few years were residents of Jefferson county. However they afterward returned to Peoria and their last days
were passed in that city. The father was a carpenter and for a considerable period followed his trade, but afterward
devoted his attention to farming. He died February 18, 1907, and his wife passed away August 31, too& They
had traveled life's journey together as man and wife for almost fifty years, having been married in Peoria, April
22, 1857. They were parents of four children: Clara, the wife of Thad Chamberlain, of Peoria; Mrs. Radley; Arden
H., a resident of Montana; and Faye, the wife of O. R. Schleicher, of Peoria. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Radley have been
born five children: William; Laura F., the wife of Rollin R. Hawk, of Pleasant Plain, this county; Bertha; Thurlow;
and Walter. The youngest was born in Jefferson county and the four oldest in Peoria county, Illinois. The family
have become widely and favorably known during their residence in Jefferson county and by reason of his earnest
and well directed effort, his unfaltering energy and sound business judgment Mr. Radley has made for himself a
place among the leading agriculturists here.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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