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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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C. W. Garner.

C. W. Garner, who resides on section 14, Washington township and owns and operates three hundred and eighty-seven acres of excellent land, is a native of that township and was born on the 28th of November, 1876.  His parents, Peter L. and Martha (Boswell) Garner, were natives respectively of eastern Iowa and of Illinois.  The mother accompanied her parents to Iowa when a child and the family home was established in Adams county.  Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Garner were married in that county but soon afterward removed to Adair county, where he had come with his parents as a boy of about seven years, the Garner family being one of the first to settle in Washington township.  He continued to farm in that township, with the exception of one year, until 1897, when he removed to Bridgewater, where he still makes his home.

C. W. Garner entered the district schools at the usual age and there acquired his education.  Following his marriage in 1897 he began farming for himself, renting the homestead for two years.  At the end of that time his finances were in such condition that he was able to purchase one hundred and forty-nine acres of land on section 14, Washington township, and later he acquired title to an adjoining quarter section.  In 1912 he traded eighty acres of this farm in on his present home farm and he now holds title to three hundred and eighty-seven acres of rich land.  He has gained financial independence and aside from his landed holdings in this county he owns a city residence and two town lots in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he spent the summers of 1906-1907 and the winter intervening.  He likewise owns stock in the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company.

Mr. Garner was married December 29, 1897, to Miss Sarah P. Steward, of Washington township, a daughter of Horatio Steward, who is now living retired in Greenfield.  To this union have been born nine children, eight of whom survive, namely:  Charles O., Cleo, Martha May, Phylis Emma, Wilbur Alexander, Seth, Pearl Elizabeth and Hartford Augustus.

Mr. Garner is a loyal republican and has served for three years as a member of the school board, while for the past four years he has been assessor of his township.  Both he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and its teachings form the guiding principles of their lives.  Through his energy and well directed industry Mr. Garner has gained a gratifying measure of financial success but he has also found time to cooperate in movements seeking the public advancement and his personal qualities are such that he has won the warm friendship of many.



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