CHARLES CLASON NEAL
Charles Clason Neal. Of the men who have long lent dignity and progressiveness to the vocation of agriculture in Miami county, none are held in higher esteem than C. C. Neal, of Monroe township, whose entire life has been spent in this county and whose industrious labors have resulted in the accumulation of a satisfying competency and the obtaining of a recognized position among the substantial men of his community. Mr. Neal was born in Union township, Miami county, October 25, 1866, a son of Henry and Eliza J. (Bowman) Neal. His father, who followed agricultural pursuits throughout a long and honorable career, was well known in this county as a man of worth and substance and as one of those who offered themselves during the Civil war and who fought bravely in that struggle for the maintenance of the Union. He was captain of Company G, One Hundred and Forty-seventh regiment, Ohio National Guard. C. C. Neal acquired a public school education in the rural districts, the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Antioch College, at Yellow Springs, and the National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, and was reared as a farmer's son. He took up agriculture as his vocation at the time of the attainment of his majority, which was at his father's death and at this time he has a well-cultivated property in Monroe township, with a comfortable and attractive home located on Tippecanoe City R. F. D. No. 3, inherited from his grandfather who acquired it during the 40s. His implements and general improvements have been profit by the experience of others, rather than one who recklessly bows down to the novelty of invention. In his citizenship Mr. Neal evidences his belief in forward movements, and during the World war his support was not lacking when appeals were made in behalf of the various drives. Mr. Neal married July, 12 1897, Rose K., daughter of Robert and Regina (Steckley) Pearson, and to this union have come three children: Mildred, Regina and Clason. Mr. Neal's married life has been a particularly happy one, and the rare friendship begun between himself and wife in their youth has but strengthened with the trials and successes of the years.
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