Biography of Charles H. Cole
Potter County, PA Biographies

CHARLES H. COLE, county commissioner, justice of the peace and lumberman, Shinglehouse, was born in Clara township, Potter Co., Penn., June 10, 1855, a son of William A. and Almira (Smith) Cole, the father a native of Cortland county, N. Y., and the mother of Harrison, Potter Co., Penn. His paternal grandfather, Jonathan Cole, was a pioneer of Sharon township, and later removed to Oswayo township, and died there. His maternal grandfather, Jonathan Smith, was a pioneer of Harrison township, this county. William A. Cole was a farmer of Cara township, and there Charles H. was reared and educated. He began life as a teacher in the common schools, and in 1879 entered as a clerk the store of George W. Dodge, of Shinglehouse, by whom he was employed four years. He then formed a partnership with Mr. Dodge, and embarked in the hardware trade at Shinglehouse, under the firm name of Dodge & Cole, and carried on business for four years. In May, 1884, Mr. Cole married Jessie A., daughter of Amos A. and Dolly (Jones) Newton, of Sharon township, and they have two children: Harold and Dolly. In 1884 Mr. Cole was elected justice of the peace for Sharon township, which office he still holds, and in 1888 was elected county commissioner for a term of three years. He is a popular citizen and business man. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and in politics is a Republican.

History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890

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