Christopher C. Sharon, a carpenter and builder of Attica, who for an extended period has been actively identified
with building operations in Indiana township, was born in Brown county, Illinois, May 17, 1848, a son of Ira B.
and Maria (Probosco) Sharon, who were natives of Kentucky and New Jersey respectively. The father's birth occurred
in the former state July 26, 1827, and they were married in Illinois on the 11th of March, 1847. In 1853 they removed
to Iowa, settling in Hamilton, Liberty township, Marion county. There they lived until 1875, when they took up
their abode in Attica, where their remaining days were passed. The father died in January, 1912, having long survived
his wife, who passed away December 7, 1883. In November, 1884, he was again married, his second union being with
Perlina Cooley. By his first marriage there were seven children: C. C.; William Kendrick; Ollie; Robert Alonzo;
a twin of Robert who died unnamed; John, deceased; and Thomas, who died at the age of ten months.
Ira B. Sharon followed carpentering and also engaged in farming on a small scale. He was a cabinetmaker by trade
and very handy with tools of all kinds. He indorsed the republican party at the time of the Civil war, previous
to which he had been a democrat. Thereafter he remained a stalwart champion of the party which was the defense
of the Union during the darkest hour in our country's history. He served as constable of Hamilton and as justice
of the peace in Attica. When the country needed his aid he promptly responded and became second sergeant of Company
D, Thirty sixth Iowa Infantry, with which he remained for three years, taking part in a number of hotly contested
engagements. He was honorably discharged at Duval's Bluff, Arkansas, after which he returned to his home, where
he remained until his death. His religious faith was that of the Christian church, in which he held membership.
Christopher C. Sharon was educated in an old log schoolhouse in Hamilton and when sixteen years of age he, too,
was stirred by the spirit of patriotism and enlisted in the same company and regiment to which his father belonged,
joining the army in March, 1864. He was at the front for a year and a half and was held for a time as a prisoner
of war at Camp Ford, near Tyler, Texas. When hostilities were over he returned home and for three years was employed
as a farm hand. He afterward learned the carpenter's trade, which he has since followed. For a year just after
leaving the army he devoted his time to farming on his own account. He thoroughly understands building principles
and all the practical phases of the trade and he has met with substantial success in carrying on business along
In December, 1870, Mr. Sharon was married to Miss Lucinda Dunkin, a daughter of John H. and Elizabeth (Sargent)
Dunkin. They have become the parents of four children: Rose, the widow of Clarence Smith; Gertrude, who died at
the age of one year; Albert; and Seth. Mr. Sharon is a republican in his political views and is generally interested
in public affairs, his influence always being found on the side of progress and improvement. He has served as township
clerk, but has never been active as an office seeker. In matters of citizenship, however, he is as true and loyal
to his country as when he followed the old flag on southern battlefields.
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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