Biography of Charles H. Cooley
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies

Charles H. Cooley was born in Washington, Fillmore county, Minnesota, July 31, 1870, a son of George B. Cooley, born in St. Lawrence county, New York, December 6, 1824. His mother's maiden name was Catherine Garber, born in Pennsylvania. She died in 1871. His father was again married, to Evelyn Houck. The children of the first wife were: William L., now living in California, and Charles H. Children by the second wife were: Herbert, Albert, Nellie, Fred and Eva.

George R. Cooley followed the occupation of farmer and dairyman in St. Lawrence county, New York. In 1860 he came to Fillmore county, Minnesota, and bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres and engaged in fanning this land until about 1890. At that time he retired from active work and moved to Heron Lake, Jackson county, Minnesota, where he still lives.

Charles H. Cooley, subject of this sketch, received his education in the public schools of Fillmore county, and afterward attended school at Heron Lake, Jackson county. In his younger years he was employed for a time as a clerk in a store at Heron Lake. In 1889 he came to Madelia, Minnesota, and took a position as clerk in a store at that place, and held that position for about ten years. In 1905 he opened up a general hardware and implement store in Madelia and has continued in that business since.

On July 8, 1896, Charles H. Cooley and Mary E. Hammond were united in marriage. Mrs. Cooley is a daughter of John and Anne W. (Thomas) Hammond, of Madelia, Minnesota. To this union four children have been born: John G., Eunice, William R. and Russell C. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley are members of the Christian church.

Politically, Mr. Cooley is independent, exercising his own judgment as to the character and qualification of the candidate for whom he casts his vote, without regard to the party affiliation of the candidate. He has not been an aspirant for office himself, being content to devote his energies to his private business and discharge his duties as a private citizen of the community. He is a member of the Masonic order, and also of the Woodmen.

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