Charles H. Canode – Editor and proprietor of the Mount Morris News, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, October 24, 1872 and is the son of Arnold E. and Amelia Jane (Worley) Canode, the former a native of Washington County, Maryland and the latter of Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  They were the parents of nine children as follows: James B., who married Flora L. Stoner of Des Moines, Iowa but now reside in Mount Morris; Benjamin F.; George B., a druggist of Bushnell, Illinois; Victor E., who married Miss Mae McCoy, of Mount Morris but now make their home in Toledo, Ohio; Frederick B., who married Anna Coleman of Chicago where they make their home; Martin Luther living in DeKalb, Illinois; Jennie M., who married Theodore F. Haller, editor Forreston Herald; and Mary E., at home.  The good mother died December 13, 1889, but the father is still living in Mount Morris, which has been his home since March 18, 1880 when he moved with his family from their Pennsylvania home.  By trade he is a contractor and builder, but is now living retired.  He is a member of the Lutheran Church in which faith his wife died.  Fraternally he is a Mason and an Odd Fellow and in politics a Democrat.  During Governor Altgeld’s administration he served as an officer in the state penitentiary at Joliet.

The subject of this sketch was but eight years old when he came with his parents to Mount Morris.  In the public schools of the place he received his primary education, attending the same until he was fourteen years old, when he commenced to learn the printer’s trade in the office of the Brethren Publishing Company of Mount Morris.  He later spent six years in various newspaper and job offices in Chicago and was one of the first operators on the Thorne type-setting machine in which he became an expert.  Returning to Mound Morris he established the Mount Morris News, the first issue appearing under date May 19, 1896 and he has since been sole editor and proprietor.  Under his management the paper has had a successful career and has been doing a very satisfactory business.

On the 23rd of September 1896, Mr. Canode was united in marriage with Miss Eva M. Lutz, who was born in Melbourne, Iowa, June 25, 1875 and daughter of John M. and Sarah (Garber) Lutz, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Illinois.  They moved from State Center, Iowa, to Mount Morris in the spring of 1894.  Religiously they are members of the Brethren Church.  They are the parents of five living children, the others being Samuel G., assistant general freight agent of the Iowa Central Railroad, who married Cora B. Foreman, Marshalltown, Iowa; Dr. Ira D., a dentist of Boone, Iowa, who married Myrtle G. Praigg; Amanda G., and Viola A., at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Canode are members of the Lutheran Church and fraternally he is a member of Samuel H. David Lodge, No. 96, A.F. & A.M., Mount Morris and is a charter member of Mount Morris Camp, No. 4596, M.W.A.  In politics he is a Democrat.

Transcribed by Denise Border

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