C. C. Long, as proprietor of the brick and tile factory at Columbus Junction, is thus identified with one of
the important and prosperous industries of this locality. With him age has seemed no bar to success, for although
he has not yet reached the thirtieth milestone on life's journey, he is nevertheless ranked among the substantial
and representative business men of Columbus City township. One of Iowa's native sons, he was born in Keokuk county
on the 27th of June, 1882, his parents being Jacob and Mary (Mishey) Long, natives of Richland county, Ohio. They
came to Iowa about 1866, locating in Keokuk county on a farm which remained their home until the death of the father
in December, 1904. The mother, however, yet survives and now makes her home in Oklahoma. In their family were ten
children of whom nine are still living.
No event of especial importance came to vary the routine of life for C. C. Long during the period of his boyhood
and youth, which was passed upon the old homestead farm in Keokuk county, and in the public schools of that county
he acquired a good education, passing through consecutive grades until his graduation from the high school. He
remained with his parents until his majority when, desiring to seek his own way in the world, he left home and
made his way to Oregon, where for about a year and a half he was engaged in a lumber camp. At the expiration of
that period he returned to Iowa and in 1909 purchased the brick and tile factory at Columbus Junction, in the operation
of which he still continues. He manufactures all kinds of brick, tile and building materials and although one of
the very recent arrivals in this locality he has nevertheless worked up a good trade which is constantly increasing
in volume and importance. His plant is one of the important enterprises of the thriving little town of Columbus
Junction and the future of the new company seems most promising.
Mr. Long was married, in 1907, to Miss Fulda Swanson, who was born in Iowa, a daughter of John and Anna Swanson.
Unto this union have been born two children, Erdean R. and Myrtle. Reared in the faith of the Baptist church Mr.
Long continues his identification with that organization, the teachings of which have formed the guiding rules
of his life. In politics he has given his support to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right
of franchise, but the honors and emoluments of office have never had attraction for him. He prefers to concentrate
his efforts upon the conduct of his business affairs, and his close application thereto is proving a salient feature
in his progress. He still retains much of the enthusiasm of youth and, actuated by a laudable ambition to acquire
success, he has already attained a degree which is prophetic of a bright future.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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