Agricultural operations can now be carried on along modern lines to a much greater extent than was possible in olden days. New appliances and scientific methods make possible the cultivation of large tracts, and the reaping of immense harvests. One of the men whose holdings aggregate 500 acres is Charles George of Cordova township, proprietor of the Lawndale farm. He was born at Boston, Mass., in 1841, January 17, a son of Captain Austin Moody and Sophronia (Batchelor) George, the former having gained his title through serving as commander of a company of Home Guards in Boston.
In 1861 the family came west and located on a farm in Whiteside county, Ill., where Captain George died in 1889, his wife dying soon after their arrival. Their children were as follows: Daniel, deceased; Charlts; James, deceased; Austin and King, both deceased ; and Sopbronia. Captain George later married Caroline Stowell and they had the following family: Martha and Mary (twins), De- Witt, Frank and Etta.
Charles George was reared on the home farm, attending the district schools until sixteen years old. when he began working on the river as cook, being promoted until he held the position of pilot. He spent eleven years on the river and left to become commissary man for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, thus continuing for a quarter of a century. At this time he located on his farm, which is the finest in Cordova township. Mr. George has made many improvements, building a beautiful house, commodious barns antl necessary outbuildings. He takes great pride in keeping his premises in prime condition, and carrying on his work expeditiously and economically.
On December 25, 1865, Mr. George married Martha M. Rice, born in Cordova township, daughter of Curtis and Elizabeth (Earl) Rice, numbered among the earliest settlers of Rock Island county. Mr. and Mrs. Rice had the following children: Mrs. George; Mary, who is the widow of King George; Maud, wife of Charles Kitchen; Ida, who died in infancy; Lydia, who died when four years old. Mr. Rice married (second) Victoria Adams and had children as follows: Verna, Ruby, and one who died in infancy. The second Mrs. Rice is also deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. George became the parents of seven children: Maud, who is the wife of P. T. Harvey; May, who died young; King, who died when nine years old; Earl B.. who married Margaret Drinnen; and Ralph C.. who married Eva Hanson. Mr. George is a very active republican and has done yeoman service as supervisor for twelve years, school director for many years and as a private citizen at all times. He belongs to the Masons of Albany, and the Knights of Pythias of the same place
. In addition to his other interests, Mr. George is president of the State Bank of Albany, having held that office for the past seven years. His sound, conservative policies, and good business Judgment make him a fit man to be in charge of other people's money, and he gives to the administration of his bank the same conscientious care that has placed him in the position he now occupies among the prosperous men of Rock Island county
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