The name of Whitlatch became connected with the history of Marion county during pioneer times, for among the early
settlers in this section of the state was the family of which Charles WThitlatch was a representative. He was born
in Ohio on the 24th of August, 1826, a son of Noah and Eva (Bible) Whitlatch, who were likewise natives of the
Buckeye state, whence they removed to Indiana. They became residents of Iowa in pioneer times and both the father
and mother spent their last days in Marion county.
Charles Whitlatch came with the family to this district and with every phase of pioneer life he soon became familiar.
Many of the homes at that early day were built of logs. The fields were largely unfenced and there was not a little
prairie land still unclaimed and uncultivated. Mr. Whitlatch became an active factor in the development of the
farming interests of the county and throughout his entire life gave his attention to general agricultural pursuits.
He worked on persistently and energetically year after year, turning the furrows in the early spring, planting
the seeds, cultivating the crops and in due time gathering good harvests. He overcame difficulties and obstacles
by determination and energy and in all of his business affairs was thoroughly reliable.
In this county Mr. Whitlatch was married on the 17th of November, 1861, to Miss Millie Hall, a native of Indiana
and a daughter of Martin and Susan (Kee) Hall, who removed to Iowa in 1848 and settled in Marion county upon a
farm which the father entered from the government. Both he and his wife died upon this place. In their family were
eight children, of whom four are living. Mr. and Mrs. Whitlatch became the parents of seven children, as follows:
Robert J., who operates the home farm; Mary J., who is the wife of Frank Mallory; John H.; one who died in infancy;
Eva, who gave her hand in marriage to John Spaur; Edgar E; and Pearl C., who died at the age of eighteen years.
Mr. Whitlatch provided liberally for his family through the conduct of his farming interests, which as the years
passed on brought to him a creditable measure of prosperity. He did not seek to figure prominently in any public
connection but was a devoted husband and father, a faithful friend and a public spirited and progressive citizen.
After his demise his widow sold the old homestead and is now living in the village of Attica, where she owns and
occupies a pleasant residence. She is a Protestant in religious faith and throughout her entire life has displayed
many sterling traits of heart and mind which have endeared her to those with whom she has been brought in contact.
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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