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Charles D. Wolcott

Charles D. Wolcott has the distinction of having been one of the most influential factors in the developing of the largest creamery enterprise in the state of Iowa, and in connection therewith he has shown splendid loyalty and resourcefulness, the while he has become recognized as an authority in this important line of industrial and commercial activity. He is secretary of the Farmer's Co-operative Creamery at Strawberry Point and has administered its affairs with remarkable vigor, discrimination and progressiveness, as attested by the results and by its precedence not only as the largest producing creamery in Iowa but also as the first to which was granted the privilege of using the state brand. Mr. Wolcott has had charge of this representative creamery since 1912, and under his administration the same has made a splendid record. In 1915 the institution turned out more than six hundred thousand pounds of butter, nearly all of which was shipped to points outside of Clayton county. The enterprise represents one of the most important industrial undertakings of Clayton county and the secretary of the company has shown marked circumspection in directing its practical operations and handling effectively its large volume of commercial and local business.

Mr. Wolcott was born in Chautauqua county, New York, on the 31st of January, 1872, and is a son of Merritt and Margaret Wolcott, both of whom passed their entire lives in the old Empire state. Charles D. Wolcott was reared and educated in his native county, where he duly availed himself of the advantages of the public schools, and he continued his associations with agricultural industry in the state of New York until 1895, when he came to Iowa and established his home on a farm in Delaware county. There he remained a substantial and successful exponent of agricultural and live stock industry until 1912, when he came to Clayton county and assumed charge of the Farmers' Co-operative Creamery at Strawberry Point, where he has since remained and where he has found splendid opportunity for the exercise of his progressive policies and enterprising business ideas. In addition to his association with the creamery he owns and gives personal supervision to his model little farm of twenty-four acres, in Cass township. He is a Republican in his political allegiance, and is affiliated with the local organizations of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has not been a seeker of public office but has served effectively as township assessor and as a member of the school board. He and his wife attend and support the Congregational church in their home village.

In 1896 Mr. Wolcott wedded Miss Fannie Dewey, who was born in Delaware county, this state, and who is a daughter of Talcott and Mary Dewey, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Wolcott have no children.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 451-452

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