Charles Swecker is the owner of two hundred and forty acres of land in Jefferson township, which he has brought
to a high state of cultivation and which yields him a handsome annual income.
He is a native of this county, and was born in Jefferson township, January 25, 1873, a son of Abraham and Lydia
(Niswander) Swecker, who were both natives of Virginia. The father was reared as a farmer and came to Poweshiek
county, Iowa, with his family in the spring of 1872. He engaged successfully in agriculture and stock raising and
became the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of good land, which he cultivated for over thirty years. He
then retired to Hartwick, where he died in July, 1906. The mother is still living and resides at Belle Plaine.
Charles Swecker, of this review, possessed good opportunities of education in the common schools, and under his
father became well acquainted with all classes of work pertaining to agriculture and stock raising. In 1894 he
began working on his own account on the old homestead north of Hartwick, and in the spring of 1910 removed to his
present location on section 34, where he engages in general agriculture, also raising cattle and hogs for the market.
He cultivates the soil to good advantage and his farm yields a reliable income. The buildings are all in excellent
order and he and his family have one of the most comfortable homes in the township.
In 1897 Mr. Swecker was married to Miss Myrtle Wilson, a daughter of Jay Wilson, and to this union one child, Rex.
J., was born. The mother of this child died May 3, 1898, and in September, 1899, Mr. Swecker was again married,
his second union being with Kathrine McIlrath, a daughter of James McIlrath, a well known farmer of Jefferson township.
To the second marriage of Mr. Swecker four children have been born, namely: Wayne James, Charles Wilson; Myrtle
E.; and Eleanor L.
Mr. Swecker casts his ballot in support of the republican party. He has never sought the honors or emoluments of
public office, but served with general approval as member of the school board. Religiously he is connected with
the Congregational church at Hartwick. He is known as an up to date farmer and an intelligent and broad minded
man, one who may be depended upon to lend a hand in forwarding every movement that aims to promote the general
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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