Biography of Charles H. Harton
Rush County, IN Biographies





CHARLES H. HARTON, who for thirty years or more has been engaged in business at Milroy, proprietor of a grocery and notion store, has been a resident of Rush county all his life. He was borne on a farm in Richland township on July 27, 1866, son of Joseph and Emily (Brooks) Hatton both of whom also were born in this county. members of pioneer families, and who were the parents of nine children, six of whom are still living, those besides the subject of this sketch being W. E. O. M., Margaret, Ida and Ollie. Reared on the home farm in Rushville and Anderson townships, Charles H. Harton received his schooling in the excellent schools of his home neighborhood and during the days of his boyhood was a valued assistant to his father in the labors of the farm. He became familiar with the butcher business and as a young man went to Rushville, where for two years he worked as a butcher. He then took up the confectionery line there and after a year in that line of trade located at Milroy. where he opened a confectionery store and also put in a small stock of groceries. That was about 1890. The business grew and in 1905 Mr. Harton bought the building in which he is now located, put in a larger stock of groceries, adding to his line a stock of general notions, and has since been engaged in business at that location and has done well, long having been recognized as one of the leading merchants of Milroy. His store room is 28 by 70 feet in dimensions and he carries a complete and well selected stock in the two lines. In 1892 Charles H. Harton was united in marriage to Myrtle Mansfield, who also was born in this county, daughter of Frank Mansfield, and to this union one child has been born, a son, Russell Harton, who married Leona Thomas. Mr. Harton is a Republican and takes a proper interest in local political affairs. In his fraternal relations he is a member of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and have ever taken an interested part in the work of the church, Mr. Harton being a member of the board of stewards of the same.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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