|Birth: ||May 9, 1849|
History of Knox Co.
The agricultural interests of Knox County find a worthy representative in Charles Robson Neely, who is now engaged in farming in Sparta township. He is one of the native sons of this locality, having been born May 9, 1849, upon the farm which is now his home(located in Center Point, Illinois). His father, James Neely, was a native of Cayuga County, New York, born September 6, 1806. He early began earning his own livelihood and as a boy drove a horse on the canal. He was about thirty-two years of age when in 1838 he left the Empire State and came with his family to Illinois, settling at Log City. Later he removed to Henderson and was employed at packing pork by J. Gay for ten years. On the expiration of that period he removed to what is now the Neely homestead farm, then a tract of wild prairie land practically destitute of improvements. With characteristic energy he began to break the sod and till the soil and as the years passed he converted the place into productive fields which he cultivated up to the time of his death, on the 27th of June, 1894. At the usual age Charles Robson Neely began his education in the public schools and when his textbooks were put aside he devoted all of his time to the work of the farm, remaining with his parents until they were called to their final rest. He is busily employed in the cultivation and development of the fields and is also engaged in stock-raising on a farm he and his father purchased several years ago, both branches of his business proving profitable. The farm presents a neat and attractive appearance, everything about the place indicating his careful supervision and progressive methods. Charles R. Neely holds membership in Galesburg Camp, No. 667, M. W. A. and his political support is given to the republican party but he has never sought nor held political office. He has, however, served as a member of the school board for fifteen years and is now acting as its president. His long connection with his office indicates his deep interest in the cause of education and his efforts toward advancing the high standard of the schools have been far-reaching and beneficial. His influence has always been found on the side of progress and improvement, whether in public affairs or in private life. The more progressive spirit is manifest in his business interests and finds tangible evidence in the methods which he follows in carrying on the work of the farm.
Sabrina Arnold Neely (1806 - 1897)
Mary J DeLong Neely (1850 - ____)*
Maintained by: Linda T. Kalellis
Originally Created by: Jim Ferris
Record added: Jan 24, 2012
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