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Delaware County, Iowa


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Charles N. Clute

Dairying & Stock Raising

Honey Creek Township


        C. N. Clute, who is engaged in stock raising and dairying in Honey Creek township, is a native of Wisconsin, born January 16, 1856, his parents being R. S. H. Clute and Sarah Jane (Buckalue) Clute. The father was born in the state of New York, while the motherís birth occurred in New Jersey. Removing westward in 1856, they lived for a year in Wisconsin, during which time the birth of C. N. Clute occurred. In 1857 they continued their westward way to Iowa and established their home in Delaware county, where R. S. H. Clute purchased the farm upon which his son C. N. Clute now resides. The place is located on section 5, Honey Creek township, and comprises one hundred and twenty acres of land that is naturally rich and arable, while cultivation and improvement have added much to its value. For an extended period the father carried on general agricultural pursuits upon that place and there passed away when in his eighty seventh year. The mother also reached a very advanced age, having passed the ninetieth milestone on life's journey when called to her final rest. In their family were eleven children, of whom six are yet living.

       C. N. Clute was reared on the old home farm. As soon as old enough to handle the plow he took his place in the fields and there worked through the summer months, while in the winter seasons he attended the public schools and acquainted himself with those branches of learning which are of value as a preparation for the duties, labors and responsibilities of later life. He remained with his parents until they were called from this life, after which he purchased the old homestead property. He has since erected good buildings upon the place and his practical and progressive management is evidenced in the well kept appearance of his farm. The fields respond in golden harvests to the care and labor which he bestows upon them and in his pastures are found good grades of stock. He keeps a number of milk cows for dairy purposes, and the products of his dairy find a ready sale on the market.
       On the 15th of October, 1896, Mr. Clute was united in marriage to Miss Nellie E. Evert, a native of this county and a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth A. (Bray) Evert, the former a native of Germany, whence he was brought to America when about eight years of age by his parents, who, crossing the con≠tinent, first settled in Illinois. There Henry Evert was reared and married, and with his family he came to Iowa in the '60s, establishing his home upon a farm in this county. He has now passed away, but his widow survives and makes her home in Manchester. Mr. and Mrs. Clute have become parents of four children: Howard D., who was born September 8, 1899; Charles E., May 18, 1901; Alva L., April 23, 1905; and Olaf M., November 24, 1908.
       The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church and they are people of sterling worth, as is attested by the large circle of friends which they have in the community. Mr. Clute is a republican and, while he has never sought nor desired political office, he has served as school director for five years and he indorses many measures which he believes will prove of benefit to the public.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 135-136. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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