Charles FLEMING, b. 1842

Charles Fleming. a representative of one of the old and prominent Pioneer families of Mahaska county now living on section 10, Richland township, where he carries on general agricultural pursuits,was born in West Virginia, January 18, 1842. He was ten years of age when the parents came to Iowa. His father, Robert L. Fleming. is now deceased, but for many years was closely associated with agricultural interests in this part of the state. The family came here in pioneer times when Charles was only about ten years of age. His childhood and youth were passed under the parental roof, and he worked upon the home farm until he reached the age of twenty-six years, his education having been acquired in the common schools. On the 6th of October, 1867, Charles Fleming was married to Miss Emily Samantha Spain, who was born in Union county, Ohio, March 28, 1851. Mention is made of her parents in connection with the sketch of T.J. Timbrel on another page of this work, Mrs. Timbrel being a sister of Mrs. Fleming. From his father Mr. Fleming received forty acres of laud, a part of which he purchased in 1853. The forty acres was all wild, not a fence having been built nor an improvement made upon the property. He erected a good frame residence, also built barns and fences and has since made his home upon the farm, which under his careful direction has been transformed into a rich and productive property. He bought forty acres adjoining the original purchase on the west and still later bought sixty acres, all of whicli is improved with good buildings lying north of the second forty acres. Mr. Fleming has met the usual experiences of pioneer settlers. There has been much arduous labor in connection with the development of his land, but his work has triumphed over the pioneer conditions and he has made a good home and farm from the wild prairie. He now owns one hundred and forty acres of good land which is clear of all indebtedness. His memory goes back to the early days when in his father's home grease lamps were used and afterward candles. They cooked over an open fireplace and the women of the household in those times spun their yarn and wove their own cloth. On one occasion when they first came to Iowa they were stopping at the home of an early settler named Petty. The supply of flour gave out and they thought none was to be had. Mr. Fleming rode all day in search of flour or meal, and returned with a peck of sour corn meal, from which they made bread, eating it with a relish because of their hunger. Long since, however, the hardship and difficulties of pioneer life have given way before an advancing civilization and the prosperity which has been won by Mr. Fleming and other settlers. Unto our subject and his wife have been born two children: Dosha Drusilla and Almarillis, Dosha was married to Benjamin Warbleton, August 31, 1894, and to them have been born two children: Icy, who died in infancy; and Lelia. The younger daughter, Almarillis, was a teacher in the public schools for several years, but at the present time is at home. In politics Mr. Fleming was a democrat until about twenty years ago, since which time he has voted the republican ticket. He has served as school director, but has held no other office nor has he desired political preferment. Both he and his wife are believers in the Christian religion as taught by the Methodist Episcopal church, but are not members of any congregation. Mr. Fleming is a well posted man and is a good farmer. It has not been the aim of his life to become wealthy, but he has been successful in what he has accomplished and now has a good farm property. He is spoken of in creditable terms by all who know him and is one of the respected and worthy citizens of Mahaska county, where for more than a half century he has made his home.


from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906

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