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.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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