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Title: Charles Wakeley
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Devoting his energies to agriculture, the subject of this sketch enjoys distinctivee prestige as one of the enterprising farmers of Washington township, Warren county, Indiana, and in the way of general improvements his farm is the equal of any in the neighborhood. Starting with a limited capital, but with a liberal endowment of self-reliance, a clear brain, a strong will and a determined purpose, he overcame many discouraging circumstances, gradually forged to the front and in the course of time found himself on the road to the prosperity which he now enjoys.

Charles Wakeley was born on July 24, 1858, in Liberty township, Warren county, Indiana, and is the son of Daniel and Jane (Hunter) Wakeley. Daniel Wakeley was a native of Scotland, coming to the United States when he was fourteen years of age. He came direct to Warren county and during the rest of his life he was employed as a laborer. He was intensely loyal to his adopted country and in 1861 he enlisted in the Seventy-second Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, servingvaliantly until the close of the conflict. Upon his discharge from the army he returned to Warren county, where he spent the rest of his days, his death occurring on July 24, 1909. He was the father of six children, all sons, namely: Marion; James, deceased; George; Charles, the subject of this review; Samuel, deceased; Manfred.

The circumstances under which the subject of this sketch started in life were none too favorable, as, owing to the modest condition of the family exchequer he was compelled to begin work at the age of seven years. He was thus denied some educational advantages that he shouldhave enjoyed, but, being a man of keen discernment, he has absorbed a vast amount of general information and is the peer of any of his fellows in this respect. He was employed by the month at farm labor for twenty-eight years, proving at all times a faithful and capable employe. During this time he carefully husbanded his earnings, with a definite object in view, and eventually he was enabled to carry out his cherished plans and bought a tract of eighty acres in Washington township. To the operation of this splendid farm he is givinghis undivided attention and that he is achieving a definite success goes without saying. He is a practical farmer, understanding all the ins and outs of agriculture, and his efforts are rewarded with abundant returns. The independent position in which he is now placed is solely the result of his energy, economy and good judgment and he is deserving of the esteem in which he is held in the community where he lives.

Mr. Wakeley was married to Mary E. Fletcher and they have become the parents of four children, namely: Grace is the wife of Charles Biser, of this township; Gladys is the wife of Philip High, and they have two children, Henry L. and Joseph W.; Goldie W. is the wife of Elmo Whitten and they have one child, Charles Morris; Herman is deceased.

Politically, Mr. Wakeley gives his support to the Republican party, though not a seeker after office. Religiously, the family are members of the Christian church and are liberal in their support of the same. Mr. Wakeley is personally a man of splendid qualities and he enjoys to an eminent degree the confidence of all who have known him.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001119
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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