Charles A. English Union County, New Mexico

Charles A. English, now residing at Folsom, Union county, came to New Mexico in April, 1895, and settled on Johnson's mesa. On the 10th of August of the same year he located a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in Colfax County, upon which he made his home until 1906, building thereon a good residence in 1901. There he was engaged in general farming, raising a variety of crops, including oats, wheat and barley, and keeping on an average of twenty head of cattle and horses. From that place he removed to his present residence, where he is also carrying on general agricultural pursuits.

Mr. English is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born in Clarion County, that state, October 1, 1836, of Scotch-Irish parentage, and remained there until he was twenty. Then he went to Iowa, landing in that state October 13. 1856, and from that date until the spring of 1895 was engaged in farming there, in Scott, Clinton and Greene counties. On account of ill health he sought a change of climate. He had been in New Mexico only a few weeks when the improvement in his condition was such as to influence him to locate here permanently, and now, after a residence of ten years in this mild climate, he does not regret the decision then made.

Politically Mr. English has always been a Republican. He is a member of the school board in district No. 21, and takes an active interest in both educational and religious matters in his locality. He was one of the principal organizers of St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church on the mesa and gave material help toward the erection of their house of worship in 1897. While a resident of Iowa he was initiated into the mysteries of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Churdan.

In August 1863, Mr. English married Miss Mary A. Williams. Of their children we record that the eldest. Edward Newton, resides in Churdan, Iowa; Lulu T. is the wife of John Utton; Gertrude is the wife of Edward C. Elston, of Waverly, Washington; Thomas M. and H. Bruce are with their parents; Clyde lives in Churdan, Iowa; and Elizabeth, wife of John Floyd, resides on Johnson's mesa, Colfax county.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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