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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Charles H. Overholt.

Charles H. Overholt, who owns and cultivates two hundred acres of land on sections 29 and 30, Grove township, has been successfully identified with general agricultural pursuits in Adair county during the past third of a century.  His birth occurred in Livingston county, Illinois, on the 22d of December, 1855, his parents being J. S. R. and Susan K. (Hugus) Overholt, who in the year 1855 took up their abode in Illinois and spent the remainder of their lives in that state.  Their seven children are all yet living.

Charles H. Overholt attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-seven years of age.  In 1882 he came to Adair county, Iowa, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Grove township, while subsequently he bought an additional tract of forty acres, so that his farm now embraces two hundred acres.  He has erected substantial and modern buildings and has also enhanced the value of the property by making other improvements, the place now lacking none of the conveniences and equipments of a model farm of the twentieth century.  In connection with the cultivation of cereals he makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock, which branch of his business adds materially to his annual income.

In 1884 Mr. Overholt was united in marriage to Miss Jennie M. Sparling, a native of Putnam county, Illinois, and a daughter of George and Sarah (McClung) Sparling, both of whom are deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Overholt have two children, namely:  Ralph S., who is a college graduate and still lives with his parents;  and Jennie S., who completed her studies by graduation in Greenfield and is now teaching school.  Our subject and his wife have also reared and educated a boy named Earl Dixon.

In his political views Mr. Overholt is a republican and for some years he has served in the capacity of school director.  His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is one of the trustees and to which his wife and children also belong.  He enjoys a wide acquaintance in this county and has won uniform trust and goodwill by reason of a life which in all of its phases has been straightforward and honorable.



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