Charles N. Crouch is now engaged in the real estate and insurance business in Knoxville but was formerly a farmer
and stock dealer of the county. He was born in Mason county, West Virginia, October 23, 1856, a son of William
and Emily (Hayes) Crouch. Upon both sides of the house he is of German descent. His father came to Marion county
on the loth of May, 18s6, and purchased a small farm in Polk township. He disposed of this and during the years
that he resided here bought and sold farms several times. He was successful as an agriculturist and gained a competence
by his labor. He passed away in 1898 and was survived by his wife for six years, her demise occurring in 1904.
Both were members of the Baptist church and people of estimable qualities of character and he aided materially
in the erection of the First Baptist church structure at Cold Ridge. Their children number ten, seven sons and
Charles N. Crouch attended the public schools as a boy and thus acquired a serviceable education. He engaged in
farming after arriving at mature years and was thus occupied until 1899. He paid special attention to raising and
dealing in live stock, breeding Black Polled cattle and Jersey Red hogs. He traded extensively in livestock and
found it a very profitable occupation. On the 2d of December, 1899, he removed to Knoxville and has since engaged
in the real estate and insurance business in this city. He buys and sells farms and his practical experience as
an agriculturist has proven of great value to him in this connection. He also makes loans and as he is judicious
in the placing of money has throughout the years that he has been engaged in business suffered very little loss
either of principal or interest. His success enables him to rank among the representative business men of the city
and he has gained the confidence of those with whom he has dealt because of his fairness and strict integrity.
On Christmas day, 1873, Mr. Crouch was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Smith, of Marion county, a daughter
of Charles and Mary Smith, who came to this county from Ohio in 1856. Her father was engaged in farming during
his active life. Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have an adopted daughter, Ruth, who is now eight years of age. Mr. Crouch
and his wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are active in its work and he is captain of
the gospel team that holds meetings in various places in the county and thus stimulates church activity. His political
allegiance is given to the republican party and he is always stanch in his support of its principles. Fraternally
he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all of the chairs in the local subordinate lodge.
The life of Mr. Crouch has measured up to the principles of justice and brotherly kindness which he professes and
he is accorded that respect which sincerity always commands.
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
For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium