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Fayette County, Iowa
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa
Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County
Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
C. C. Bacon
The first eleven years of his life C. C. Bacon spent in the Buckeye State. The days of his boyhood and youth were passed amid pioneer scenes and in the usual manner of farmer lads he was reared to manhood. In the district schools of the neighborhood he acquired a common English education and then learned the carpenter's trade which he followed in pursuit of fortune for several years. In Winnebago County, Ill., in 1859, he led to the marriage altar Miss Harriet A. Babcock, a native of New York, and a daughter of Naboth and Dolly (Robins) Babcock, who were also born in the Empire State and at an early day the father removed to Rockford, Ill. His wife died before the emigration of the family to the West and he did not long survive his removal.
A short time was spent by the young married couple in Winnebago County but soon they sought a home beyond the Mississippi, locating in West Union, in 1860. In June of 1862 Mr. Bacon offered his services to the Government and became a member of Company G, Thirty-Eighth Iowa Infantry, for three years or until the close of the war. His regiment was assigned to the Department of the Gulf and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, Yazoo River, Fort Blakely, Fort Morgan, Mobile Point and several minor engagements. In August, 1865, our subject was honorably discharged at Houston, Tex., after more than three years spent on southern battlefields in deadly conflict with the rebels.
Returning to West Union, Mr. Bacon resumed work at his trade of carpentering which he had followed previous to his enlistment, and which he continued with good success until 1867. He then determined to devote his time and attention to other pursuits and in that year purchased a quarter-section of school land, which he at once began to improve. It was then raw prairie but as the result of his characteristic energy it was soon placed under the plow and began yielding him a ready return for his labors. When he entered upon life's battle he had no capital but was dependent upon his own resources, and the work of his hands has resulted in a comfortable competence which now enables him to lay aside the more arduous business cares. As a citizen he faithfully discharges his duties. Socially he is a member of Center Post, G. A. R. of Randalia and of the Knights of Pythias, of Fayette, and in politics is a supporter of Republican principles. The Bacon family consists of our subject, his estimable wife and two children. The elder, Henry L. is married and resides in Eden Township; and Mary is now Mrs. Coselman of Center Township.
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