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 Charles Otis Nason

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Charles Otis Nason

Birth
Death 7 Dec 1903 (aged 75)
Burial Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Plot Section B Plot 65 Position 16
Memorial ID 50317044 View Source

CHARLES OTIS NASON, who is now
living retired at 1S02 Third avenue,
Moline, needs no special introduction to the
readers of this volume, but the work would
be incomplete without the record of his life.
No man in Rock Island county has been
more prominently identified with the business
history of the community or has taken
a more active part in its upbuilding and
progress. He has ever cheerfully given his
support to those enterprises that tend to
public development, and, with hardly an
exception, he has been connected with every
interest that has promoted general welfare.
His name is a synonym for honorable business
dealing; he is always mentioned as one
of the invaluable citizens of the county, and
on the rolls of its most honored pioneers
his name should be found among the foremost.
Mr. Nason was born in Hartford, Windsor
county, Vermont, September 20, 1828,
and is of English extraction. His father,
Horace Nason, a native of Ipswich, Massachusetts,
was reared and educated in New
England, where he also learned the machinist
trade. Enlisting in the American
army in the war of 1812, he started for
Plattsmouth, but hostilities ceased before he
reached his destination. He wedded Miss
Mary Lamb, a native of Granville, Vermont,
in which state her father was also born, and
for a number of years after his marriage he
worked at his trade in Hartford, Vermont,
but spent his last years in Claremont, New
Hampshire, where his death occurred.
Charles O. Nason, of this review, is one
of a family of three sons and six daughters,
all of whom reached years of maturity, but
he and four sisters are the only ones now
living. In the schools of Claremont he obtained
a good practical education, but at
the age of seventeen he laid aside his text
books to accept the position of assistant
overseer of a cotton factory, and was later
promoted overseer, which position he continued
to acceptably fill for several years.
Coming west in the spring of 1857 on a visit
to his uncle, John Deere, of Moline, he was
prevailed upon to remain and accept a position
in the Deere establishment. He was
first employed in the woodworking shop,
and was steadily advanced until he became
superintendent, which responsible position
he retained until 1894, when he retired from
active business. On the organization of the
Moline Plow Works, he became one of its
stockholders, was director for many years,
and for a number of years was treasurer of
the company. He is also a stockholder and
treasurer of the People's Power Company,
and has been connected with a number
of Moline's most prominent manufacturing
enterprises. While advancing his own interests,
he has not been unmindful of the
welfare of his adopted city and county, but
has been actively identified with its growth
and development, giving his hearty support
to all measures for their advancement and
progress.
In Claremont, New Hampshire, August
7, 1849, was celebrated the marriage of Mr.
Nason and Miss Charlotte Johnston, who
was born in Meriden, New Hampshire, and
is a daughter of Thomas and Delia (Pierce)
Johnston, also natives of the Granite state.
Two children were born of this union

Clarence E. , now a prominent business man
of Moline, who is engaged in the oil business.
He married Ella Estell, a native of
Illinois, who was reared and educated in
Moline. Ellen Frances, the younger child,
began her education in the schools of Moline,
and was later a student at St. Marx's,
Knoxville, Illinois.
The family spend a few months every
summer in the east, having a beautiful summer
home at York Beach, Maine. Mr. and
Mrs. Nason are members of the Episcopal
church, and in social circles hold an enviable
position. Politcally, Mr. Nason is a stanch
Republican, always giving his support to the
men and measures of that party, and while
not a politician or aspirant for office, he was
elected mayor of Moline in 1887, and served
one term with credit to himself and satisfaction
to his constituents. He has made
an untarnished record and unspotted reputation
as a business man. In all places and
under all circumstances he is loyal to truth,
honor and right, justly valuing his own selfrespect
as infinitely more profitable than
wealth, fame and position.

[Source: Biographical Record of Rock Island County, 1897; page(s) 346- 347 ]


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