C. F. RANDALL.
A well tilled quarter section in Chester township has yielded most gratifying returns for the labor expended by
the owner, C. F. Randall, who during the entire period of his active career has been engaged in agricultural pursuits.
Mr. Randall was born on the 17th of January, 1860, in Jackson county, Iowa, and is a son of John and Mary (Words)
Randall, natives of England. They were married on the 18th of November, 1857, the ceremony taking place in New
York city. Immediately following this event they went to Jackson county, where Mr. Randall, who was a Methodist
minister, had a charge to which he had been ministering for some time. They remained residents of Jackson county
until 1877, at which time they removed to Poweshiek county, locating upon a farm in Sheridan township. Mr. Randall
had left the ministry in 1859, just two years after his marriage, engaging from that time on in agricultural pursuits.
In 1905 he removed to Everson, near Puget Sound, Washington, where he is now living retired. Three children were
born unto Mr. and Mrs. Randall, the son, C. F., subject of this review, being the eldest.
Being reared upon a farm C. F. Randall acquired his education in the district schools of Jackson county, having
resided there until he was seventeen years of age. In his boyhood and youth he always gave his father such assrstance
as he was able to perform in the cultivation of the homestead, and by the time he had reached manhood had quite
a comprehensive knowledge of agricultural methods. The training of his early years has ever been put to the best
use and he now owns one of the good farms of Chester township, in the cultivation of which he has been engaged
since 1901. Subsequent to his marriage in 1887 Mr. Randall and his bride removed to Nebraska where they continued
to live for nine years, then returned to Poweshiek county, where he engages in general farming.
Mrs. Randall, who prior to her marriage on the 5th of January, 1887, was Miss Nellie M. Wolcott, was a daughter
of Edwin and Angeline A. (Barnum) Wolcott. The parents were natives of New York, but were living in Iowa at the
time on their marriage. They removed to Poweshiek county in 1871. Three children were born unto Mr. and Mrs. Randall:
Charles C., who is a graduate of Grinnell Academy, at Grinnell; and Mary A. and Raymond G. Mrs. Randall, who was
the second in order of birth of the nine children born unto her parents, passed away on the 24th of February, 1908,
at the age of forty two years, three months and eighteen days.
The family affiliate with the Methodist Episcopal denomination, their identification being with the church at Senora.
An ardent republican Mr. Randall gives his political support to the candidates of that party, but as he is not
an office seeker does not prominently participate in local activities of a governmental nature.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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