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Charles Heroic Austin
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Birth: Mar. 23, 1838
Death: Feb. 4, 1917

Lineville Tribune
Lineville, Wayne Co., Iowa
February 8, 1917

Veteran Editor of the Tribune Passes Away
Was Editor of This Paper For 43 Years -A Resident of Wayne County Since 1863 and of the State Since 1842.

Chas. H. Austin for 43 years editor of the Lineville Tribune, passed away at his home on West Hill, Lineville, Iowa, last Sunday morning at 4:30 o'clock, after an illness of several weeks duration, from a complication of diseases incident to advancing years, aged 78 years, 8 months and 6 days. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. F. Jarvis, pastor of the M. E. Church, assisted by Rev. H. E. Ryan, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, consisting of the rendering of a few well selected songs, by a select choir, prayer by Rev. Ryan, eulogistic remarks by deceased's old friends and neighbors, J. A. Johnson, E. R. Belvel of this place and Hon. Lewis Miles of Corydon, and a few well chosen words by Rev. Jarvis after which the remains were taken in charge by members of Hiram Abiff Lodge, No. 183, A. F. & A. M. assisted by members of Olive Branch Lodge No. 210 I. O. O. F. of this place of which the deceased was a member and deposited in Evergreen cemetery under the beautiful Masonic ritualistic burial ceremonies to await the resurrection morn. He fell asleep after a long and useful life as "one who wraps the draperies of couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams." Charles H. Austin, son of C. G. and Harriet (Curtis) Austin, was born at Ravenna, Portage County Ohio, May 28, 1838. At the age of 4 years he removed with his parents to Muscatine, Iowa, where both his parents died of typhus fever on the same day in 1845. After the death of his parents he returned to Portage County, Ohio, where he lived with an uncle until he was 14 years of age, attending the common schools there, after which he again returned to Muscatine. He attended the Muscatine high school until 18 years of age and then commenced learning his trade (printing) in the "Journal" office of that city. In the spring of 1858 he went to Chariton, Iowa, and was engaged as a manager of a paper there owned by the then county treasurer. A year later the office was sold, but Mr. Austin was retained as manager. Six months later, however, he went to Leon, Decatur county, Iowa, and assisted in establishing the first newspaper in that town, the "Leon Pioneer." Returning to Chariton again in 1859 and was married while there, after which he carried on farming for two years. In the spring of 1861 he moved to Chariton again and took charge of a printing office and book bindery belonging to his brother-in-law, A. C. Cameron, who had
enlisted in the army. During the time from then until 1863 he was engaged in farming near Chariton as well as working at the printing trade at odd times. In 1863 a stock company was founded in Wayne county, Iowa with a view of establishing a Republican paper at the county seat, Corydon. A committee being sent to Chariton to purchase material for the paper made arrangements while there for Mr. Austin to come to Corydon and run the mechanical part of the paper, "The Monitor." The late Wm. Hartshorn, being employed as editor. Mr. Austin went to Corydon in the fall of 1863 remained in "The Monitor" for 2 years and was then appointed revenue collector for Wayne County. He also engaged in photography and during his residence in Corydon was for two years county supervisor of Corydon Township. During the next 7 years he resided with his family on a farm of a mile east of Corydon, but continued as job printer and doing editorial work on the "News" and other newspapers in Corydon, until Messers Miles & LeCompte purchased the Monitor and changed it to the "Republican," when Mr. Austin was employed by them as editor of that paper for a
year. In 1874 he purchased the Lineville Tribune of the Hon. Lewis Miles, since which time he has resided in Lineville and devoted his time almost exclusively to the publication of that paper. He was postmaster at Lineville from 1879 to 1884 and from 1888 to 1892 and again from 1897 to August 1, 1913. He was a member of both the Masonic and Odd Fellow Lodges of this place. On Dec. 24, 1859, he was married to Henrietta Van Voust at Chariton, Iowa, his wife preceding him to the great beyond 10 years ago. To this union were born 7 children - Edward C. of Leadville, Colo., Carl G.. Lineville, Carrie E. Cresap, who died in 1914, M. Eugene of Denver, Colo. Louise M. McCutchen, who died in 1903, Chassie E. Wasson and Ivan W. Austin of Lineville.

Family links: 
  Charles Griswold Austin (1803 - 1845)
  Harriet Curtiss Austin (1805 - 1845)
  Henrietta VanVoast Austin (1835 - 1907)*
  Carl G Austin (1863 - ____)*
  Carrie A Austin Glover Cresap (1870 - 1914)*
  Louise Marie Austin McCutcheon (1872 - 1903)*
  Chassie E Austin Wasson (1875 - 1961)*
  Ivan W Austin (1882 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Cemetery
Wayne County
Iowa, USA
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