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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Charles Barton Dorsey.

Charles Barton Dorsey is a well known young farmer and stockman of Eureka township living on section 7.  He was born in Johnson county, Iowa, May 17, 1876, a son of Charles Barton and Hattie (Smith) Dorsey.  The father was born in Illinois and was of Irish descent, while the mother was a native of Iowa.  He took up the occupation of farming on starting out in life on his own account and at an early age came to Iowa, establishing his home in Johnson county, where he engaged in farming until 1879.  That year witnessed his arrival in Adair county and he purchased land in Grove township.  Taking up his abode thereon he at once began to develop and improve the property, continuing actively in farm work there until 1895, when he removed to Cass county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming until 1907.  He then retired from active farm life and removed to Anita, where he resided until his death, which occurred in January, 1912.  He had led a busy life and the good use which he made of his time and opportunities brought him the success which rewarded his labors.  Mrs. Dorsey survives and yet makes her home in Anita.

Charles B. Dorsey attended the public schools of Adair county and remained at home until he reached the age of twenty-one, during which time he helped his father upon the farm and thus became familiar with every department of the farm work.  When he reached man's estate he started in business independently and was employed by the month as a farm hand for four years.  This did not meet his ambition, however, as he desired that his labors should more directly benefit himself, and accordingly he rented land in Eureka township, where he lived for eight years.  He next purchased the farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 7, where he now resides, and took up his abode thereon, since which time he has made the place his home.  He is one of the successful men of the township and carries on the breeding and raising of stock, in addition to the cultivation of his fields, which bring forth rich harvests of corn, wheat and other grains.  He also handles good grades of cattle and hogs and both branches of his business are a source of material success and gratification.  His place is regarded as one of the well improved farm properties of the county, having upon it excellent buildings, including a comfortable and commodious residence with ample barns and sheds for the shelter of grain and stock.  The place is well watered and everything about the farm indicates the careful management of a systematic owner.

In 1899, Mr. Dorsey was married to Miss Ada Taylor, a daughter of Isaac N. and Sallie (Nichols) Taylor, the former of whom was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, August 2, 1851, and was a son of John and Jane (Gillman) Taylor.  The father was a native of Virginia and was of Scotch lineage.  He came to Adair county, Iowa, in 1869.  Previously he had worked as a miner but after his removal to this state he took up his abode in Jackson township and purchased land on section 6.  In 1876 Isaac N. Taylor settled in Eureka township and engaged in farming, while in 1880 he bought the land upon which he now resides.  He was married on Christmas day of 1877 to Miss Sallie Nichols, a daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Permilla (Fink) Nichols.  Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey are the parents of one child, Averil, who was born May 5, 1901.  He attended school in district No. 3, Eureka township, and was graduated on the completion of the eighth grade work.  He is now a pupil in the high school of Anita.

In his fraternal relations Mr. Dorsey is a Modern Woodman, holding membership in the camp at Anita.  Politically he is a standpat republican.  He believes firmly in the policy of that party and is a stanch advocate of its principles.  The cause of education has ever found in him a stalwart champion and for one term he was director of school district No. 3, Eureka township.  He is interested in all those things which mean most to the community in the advancement of its material, intellectual, social, political and moral progress, and his cooperation can always be counted upon to further measures for the general good.



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