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Charles Askew
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Birth: Dec. 11, 1842, England
Death: May 8, 1935
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA

Pioneer steamboat operator

Brother of William Askew # 86126769

Resident of Madison since 1856
Last residence: 125 Brittingham pl,
home of his nephew Frank Askew

Member of:
* Madison Masonic lodge no.5
* Odd Fellows lodge

[] Mr. Askew was born in England. He came with his parents to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, when he was two years old. In 1856 the family moved to Madison, and this city has been Mr. Askew's home ever since. His father operated an iron foundry on the site of the Schroeder funeral parlors, King and E.Wilson sts., for years Mr. Askew continued to live on this site until a number of years ago when his wife died.
With several brothers, Mr. Askew launched a boat business in 1872 upon Lake Mendota. Their first vessel was the City of Madison which they operated on Mendota for a number of years. It became apparent at that time that Monona and not Mendota was the attractive body of water to most of the Madison residents and Askew Bros. transferred their business to Monona.
Charles and his brother, the late William Askew, had a direct charge of the passenger boats while Samuel Askew, the only surviving brother, managed Esther Beach, now known as Hollywood at the Beach. This park was purchased by the brothers on 1906
Askew Bros carried thousands of Madisonians and visitors in their boats between Angleworm station, at the foot of S. Carroll st., and Winnequah, Esther Beach and Olin park, then known as the Monona Lake assembly grounds.
Their patrons had the utmost confidence in the Askew brothers and always felt safe in their boats. In 1889 they built two steamers, the Tonyawatha, with a capacity of 90 passengers and the Lakeside, a huge steamer capable of transporting 300 people. These boats were built to accommodate the growing attendance at Monona Lake assembly, held each summer in the present Olin park, and attracting speakers of wide reputation to Madison.
The Askews carried William Jennings Bryan, President William McKinley and other prominent men in their boats. In 1893 the Askews purchased the Winnequah resort which they held until the end of the season of 1900. After they had taken over Ester Beach it became one of the most popular lakeshore pleasure resorts in Madison. The Askew brothers built a number of their own boats.
Mr. Askew came with his family in the year Madison was incorporated as a city and when construction work was begun on the present city hall. He saw the city grow from a mere village with a few thousand inhabitants to its present size []
(From "The Wisconsin State Journal," May 8, 1935)

Family links: 
  Sarah Jane Livesay Askew (1842 - 1923)*
  James Livesey Askew (1880 - 1880)*
  Willie Askew (1881 - 1887)*
  Esther Askew (1883 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Date of Burial: 11-May-1939, Military: none, Race: White,,, Father: William Askew, Mother: Alice Kemmer Death Place: Madison, WI, Birth Place: England, Cause: Myocarditis, Occupation: Retired
Forest Hill Cemetery
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Lot 011 - 12, Vault Other vault
Maintained by: Stefanie Walzinger
Originally Created by: Graves
Record added: Mar 02, 2012
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Charles Askew
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 Added: May. 29, 2012

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