CHARLEY F. BEIK.
Farming and stock raising have always engaged the activities of Charley F. Beik, who is a native of Port Louisa
township, his natal day being the 3d of April, 1865. He is a son of Jacob and Emma (Jackson) Beik, the father a
native of Germany and the mother of Pennsylvania. They were married in Iowa and began their domestic life upon
a farm in Port Louisa township, in the operation of which the father engaged until his demise in 1909. The mother
passed away in 1875. Six children were born of this union of whom our subject is the eldest. The others are: Molly,
the wife of John Hardman, of Louisa county; Frank L., who is a resident of Port Louisa township; John, who also
lives in this county; and two who died in infancy. Several years after the death of his first wife Mr. Beik was
again married, his second wife being Miss Verda Handley, of Illinois, and unto them were also born six children:
Emma, the wife of L. E. Downer, of Muscatine county; Kate, who married Henry Sweitzer, of Louisa county; Arthur,
who is teaching in this county; Grace, the wife of George Webber, also of Louisa county; Herald, who is living
in this county; and Paul, who is living with his mother on the old homestead.
Charley F. Belk remained a member of the paternal household until he had reached the age of twenty five years,
acquiring his education in the district schools. After laying aside his text books he assisted his father in the
cultivation of the home farm until 1880 when he began farming as a renter, which he continued for fifteen years.
At the expiration of that period he and his brother Frank bought one hundred and forty nine acres of land in partnership.
They subsequently increased their holdings by the purchase of two hundred and twenty acres at one time, one hundred
and fifty two and eighty acres at other times, making the aggregate of their real estate holdings six hundred and
one acres. All but eighty acres of this is in Port Louisa township. It is well improved and the greater portion
of it in a high state of cultivation. The land is all held and operated in partnership, even the eighty acres which
lies in Grand View township, their entire crop being used for the feeding of stock. They are both capable business
men and successful agriculturists.
On the 21st of April, 1909, Mr. Beik was united in marriage to Miss Susan Zimmerman, who was born in Louisa county
in 1879, and is a daughter of John and Mary Zimmerman. The parents removed to Iowa, locating in Grand View township,
this county, in the early days. The father was a carpenter as well as mason and engaged in contracting and building
until his death in 1901. The mother is still living and makes her home in Grand View. Nine children were born unto
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman: Charley, who is living at home; Emma, the wife of James Green, of Columbus City, Iowa;
Susan, now Mrs. Beik: Ralph, who is living in the vicinity of Grand View; Dalas, of Grand View; Bert; George; Minnie,
who was the wife of ally Ross and died April 16, 1898; and Nina May, who died in infancy. Mr. Zimmerman had been
married previously, and of this union was born one son, Carr, who continues to live at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Beik are affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church, while fraternally he is identified with the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, his membership being in the Grand View lodge. Politically he is a republican.
He is an energetic but unassuming man whose success can be justly attributed to his untiring industry, perseverance
and unflinching determination to win.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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