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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Charles F. Roark.

Charles F. Roark, county clerk of Adair county, was born in Earlham, Madison county, Iowa, April 1, 1872.  He is a son of James R. and Sarah A. (Nevitt) Roark, the former a native of southern Virginia, while the latter was born near Springfield, Ohio.  After residing for a time in Illinois they came to Iowa in 1864 and the father purchased a tract of land in Madison county, after which he engaged in farming to the time of his death, which occurred in December, 1900.  His widow survives and now resides with a daughter, Mrs. S. E. Smith, of Valley Junction, Iowa.

Charles F. Roark was educated in the district schools and afterward pursued a two years' academic course in the Dexter Normal school at Dexter, Iowa.  At the end of that time he turned his attention to the profession of teaching and for three years was identified with educational work.  He was afterward employed in connection with his father's ice and coal business at Valley Junction for four or five years and in 1899 he became associated with the lumber business, becoming connected with a lumber firm in Valley Junction, with which he remained for five years.  Still later he went to Greene county, where he was employed for one year in the same business, and in 1906 he came to Greenfield to represent H. E. Neubert, a nonresident member of the Myers Lumber Company, Inc.  Mr. Roark was connected with that firm for eight years, having charge of the office and doing much of the buying and managing of the business.  Throughout his business career he was known for his thorough reliability, his enterprise and his careful management.

In 1914 Mr. Roark became a factor in political circles of Adair county.  He was nominated on the republican ticket for the office of county clerk and after a well managed campaign was elected to the position by a handsome majority, so that he is now serving in that capacity.  In this connection he is as true and faithful to the interests intrusted to his charge as he was during his association with commercial affairs.  In addition to his other interests he is the owner of a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Sully county, South Dakota.

In October, 1900, Mr. Roark was united in marriage to Miss Annie Y. Smith, of Lincoln township, this county.  They are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Greenfield.  Mr. Roark also belongs to Greenfield Lodge, No. 375, I. O. O. F.;  to Greenfield Camp, No. 153, M. W. A.;  to Oak Grove Circle, No. 117, W. O. W.;  and to Martha Lodge of the Rebekahs.  He is one of the progressive men of Adair county, numbered among its representative citizens, and he has gained a creditable position in the public regard by a close conformity to the highest standards of manhood and citizenship.



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