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Charles H. Furman




       Charles H. Furman is meeting with gratifying success in the conduct of his flour, feed and coal business in Delhi.  He was born on the 28th of December, 1849 in Hanover, Jo Daviess county, Illinois, a son of Russell W. and Cynthia (Tyler) Furman.  He attended the common schools of Hanover and was graduated from the high school of Rockford, Illinois, in due course of time. Upon completing his formal schooling he was associated with his father and brother in the milling business at the Hartwick Mills near Delhi from 1869 until 1907, but during a part of the time also farmed. He and his brother, George R., still own and operate the old home farm, which is on the site of the old town of Hartwick. In 1907 Mr. Furman removed to Delhi and established a flour, feed and coal store, which he has owned and managed since. His trade has increased steadily from the beginning and many of his customers have continued to patronize him ever since he established his business here, as he gives good quality, good weight and asks but moderate prices. His long connection with the Hartwick Mills gave him accurate and authoritative knowledge of flour and feed, and this has been an important factor in his success as a dealer in those commodities. He is one of the progressive and prosperous merchants of Delhi, and his success contributes to the commercial expansion of the town.
      On the 5th of April, 1882, in Delhi, Mr. Furman was united in marriage to Miss Harriet E. Doolittle, a daughter of Frederick B. and Anne (Comber) Doolittle. Mr. Furman is a democrat in his political belief and takes an intelligent interest in all matters of public moment. He has resided in this part of Iowa for over four decades and during that time has made an enviable reputation as a man of ability and integrity, and he numbers his friends by the score.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 327-328. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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