Our Iowa Heritage: Charles B. Elliott – As Seen by The Colonel.

Charles B. Elliott (1861-1935) became quite a successful man. In April 1937, less than two years after his father’s death, his eldest son, Charles Winslow Elliott, presented a historical overview of his father’s life to a meeting of the Minnesota Historical Society. Below are excerpts from his presentation.

You will find in Charles B’s diary that Charles W., born on February 8, 1887, had an affectionate name given him by his father. The Colonel. As it turned out, Charles W. became a Major in the U.S. Army, not quite making it to the Colonel status. But to his dad, he was always The Colonel.

Diary Page 1 – January 1, 1888.

Diary Page 4 – January 6, 1888 – Elliott’s 27th  birthday. Shows the Elliott family still in Ohio for the first half of 1878. Interesting school stories here.

Diary Page 14 – On Feb 18, 1888, Charles mentions receiving a paper from Oscar Watkins containing an address read by Oscar before a Teachers Meeting in Ohio. Elliott wrote back.

The entire contents of Charles B. Elliott’s 1888 diary can be accessed here.

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