Biography of Charles N. Cole
Marion County, IA Biographies





Charles N. Cole is engaged in the wholesale and retail feed, flour and grocery business in Pella and is developing a concern of large proportions. He was for many years connected with various wholesale seed houses and has had a varied and valuable experience in that line. He was born in Pella on the 7th of June, 1850, a son of A. and Henrietta A. (DeBooy) Cole, both natives of Holland who came to Pella in 1847 with the Dutch colony which arrived in that year. Their marriage occurred at Knoxville and they subsequently located near Pella, the father purchasing government land and devoting his time to agricultural pursuits. Both he and his wife have passed away. They were members of the First Reformed church, and in his political belief he was for a time a democrat, but later became a republican.

Charles N. Cole entered the public schools of Pella and in due course of time was graduated therefrom, after which he attended the Central University of Iowa located here. After leaving school he went into the seed business in Pella and later entered the employ of J. C. Vaughan Company of Chicago. Upon leaving that firm he became connected with The A. B. Cleveland Company of New York city. During these years he traveled all over the south, selling seeds, and subsequently represented Ullethorne and Company of Memphis upon the road. In 1889 he came to Pella and established the flour, feed and grocery business which he is still conducting. He is both a wholesaler and retailer and the volume of his trade is constantly growing as the high quality of his goods and the reasonableness of his prices become more widely known. For the past three years he has also been president of the Pella Creamery Company and previous to that was vice president thereof, becoming connected with the concern at the time of its organization in January, 1904.

Mr. Cole was united in marriage in 1883 to Miss Henrietta Kruger, of Pella, whose father died when she was quite young. Her mother, aged eighty five, is living in California. Mrs. Cole is a member of the Baptist church, and Mr. Cole is fraternally identified with the Knights of Pythias, being a charter member of the lodge at this place. His vote is cast for the candidates of the republican party, as he thoroughly believes in the principles and policies of that organization, and he has served as school treasurer and is greatly interested in the progress of the public schools. As a business man, as a citizen and as a private individual he conforms to high standards of morality and has the unqualified respect of his fellowmen.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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