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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


Charles V. Houston


Hazel Green & Union Townships



      CHARLES V. HOUSTON was born in Dover, Me., February 7, 1826. He  is a son of  Joseph and Loretta (Spalding) Houston, both of whom were natives of Kennebec county, Me., the father having been born in 1782 and the mother in 1790. The father was reared in his native county  and resided there until 1861, when he came to Iowa and from that date until his death, which occurred in 1867, made his home with his son, the subject of this sketch.  He was a farmer all his life and died in moderate circumstances.  He was for many years a member of the Baptist church and always enjoyed the esteem, confidence and good will of the people among whom he lived. His father, the grandfather of our subject, was named William Houston, and he was a native also of Maine, his ancestors being of Scotch and English origin.  Our subject's mother died some years before her husband, dying at Dover, Me., in 1843. She was a daughter of John and Bettie Spaulding, both of whom were natives of Maine and of English origin. Mrs. Houston was a life long member of the Baptist  church and lived a pious, Christian life.


     Eleven children were born to Joseph and Loretta Houston as follows: Joan, now deceased; Marcia, now wife of C. A. Bragg, a lumber dealer at Reno, Nev.; Sybil deceased; George, a retired farmer, residing at Helena, Mont.; Charles V., the subject of this notice; Addie and Emaline, twins, both now deceased; Joseph, a farmer residing in Pierce county, Nebr.; Mary, Ellen and Ann, deceased.


     Our subject was reared on a farm in Dover, Me., and received an ordinary common school training. He remained in his native place until 1849, when he took a trip to California, going by the way of Cape Horn. He remained six years in California, engaged in mining and made some money while there. He returned to Dover, Me., by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and in 1856, came to Iowa, settling in Delaware county. He bought the farm where he now lives immediately on locating in the county and engaged in farming, which he has followed since. He now owns two hundred and eighty acres in section 36, Hazel Green township, and thirty-three acres in Union township. He has given all his attention to farming since coming to Iowa, and has met with good success. He raises considerable live stock and does some dairying.


     August 31, 1856, Mr. Houston married Miss Sophronia A. Potter, of Dover, Me., she being a native of that place, born June 11, 1834. She is a daughter of Joseph W. and Nancy Greenleaf Potter, the father having been a native of New Hampshire and the mother a native of Massachusetts. These died at Dover, Me., well advanced in years. They had three children, of whom Mrs. Houston is the eldest. The two younger ones, Mary F. and Joseph, are now deceased.


      Mr. Houston and wife have had nine children born to them: Mary E., who is now the wife of Fletcher Porter, a farmer residing at Albion, Nebr. They have four children: Sophronia, Charles W., John A. and Raymond. Mr. and Mrs. Houston's next was Walter G., who died at the age of eleven months; Clara, now a young lady, is still at home with her parents; Frank W. is a farmer in Hazel Green township, Delaware county. He married Miss Clarissa Winch, of Union township, Delaware county, and has two children:  Charles H., now deceased, and Rubie. Mr. and Mrs. Houston's remaining children: Fred L., Wallace, Lora A., Elmer G. and Burt O., are single and reside yet with their parents.


     Mr. and Mrs. Houston have given to their children the best educational advantages within their reach, having sent all of them to college.


     In politics Mr. Houston is a republican, but does not much interest in partisan matters. He is a liberal contributor to all charitable and religious purposes, and he and wife are members of Y. W. Baptist church.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 414-415; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson