Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES COLVER resides five miles
northwest of Chelan upon a farm, which he secured by the homestead right.
For a decade and more he has been one of the successful agriculturists,
fruit growers and stockmen of Chelan county. He has one quarter section
of land which is yearly laid under tribute to crops, and each year he also
markets cattle, hogs, fruits and so forth. Charles Colver was born
in Iowa on December 1, 1867, the son of Joseph and Mary (Roland) Colver,
natives of Ohio and Indiana, respectively. They are now living retired
at Missouri Valley, Iowa. The father descends from an old Virginia
family of prominence. The mother's mother was a Miss Arnold who came
from a well known Kentucky family and had twelve brothers, most of whom
were in the War of 1812; also she had several brothers and uncles who were
in a fierce battle with Indians and in other conflicts. One of the
uncles was unfortunate enough to be tomahawked, scalped and killed.
This aged lady died in 1901 near Missouri Valley, Iowa.
Charles was educated in the graded and high
schools of Missouri Valley but on account of ill health was forced to retire
from the school room before graduation. At that time he spent eighteen
months in California, then returned home and remained with his father until
he was twenty-five. In the spring of 1893 he came to Lake Chelan and being
so impressed with the beauty of the country and the excellent resources
of the same at once settled as stated above. Mr. Colver is a man
quick to discern and take advantage of opportunities and he has demonstrated
what can be done in this county by one who will take hold with energy and
intelligence. He expects in the very near future to increase his
holdings in stock and will be then able to turn off a large amount of cattle
and hogs each year.
Mr. Colver has the following brothers and
sisters John, James, Joseph, George, Letty Noe, Ella Watson, Lydia Dempsy
and Ada Brammon.
On February 25, 1891, at Missouri Valley,
Mr. Colver married Miss Anna Jones who died on April 9, 1892, in the same
city. In December, 1898 Mr. Colver contracted a second marriage.
The nuptials were celebrated at Chico, California, and Martha J. Foreman
became his bride. Her father, Joseph Foreman, married a Miss Rogers,
both descendants of very prominent and wealthy Virginia planters.
Mr. Foreman died in Iowa, in 1885, where also his wife passed away at about
the same time. Mrs. Colver has three brothers, William, George and
Ira. To Mr. and Mrs. Colver two children have been born, Joseph H.
and an infant, deceased. He is a member of the K. P., is past C.
C. and was also delegate to the last grand lodge at Seattle. Mr.
Colver is a strong Democrat and has been active in the county conventions.
In 1901 he was a candidate for county commissioner, but was beaten by thirty-seven
votes. At the present time he is a member of the county central committee.
Mr. Colver has some of the best property in this part of the county while
socially he and his wife are the center of a host of admiring friends.