Charles Wright, deceased, was a prominent citizen of Brown county, where he died September 26, 1894, respected by all who knew him. He was born in Canada on the 10th of June, 1858, and is a son of Lewis and Catherine (Baxter) Wright, both of whom were natives of that country. In 1870 the parents came to Kansas and settled in Mission township, Brown county, where the mother died in 1892, but the father is now living in Los Angeles, California. In their family were ten children, six sons and four daughters, namely: Charles; Eli; Emma, deceased; Peter; Hiram; Lewis, of Brown county; Lyman, Martha, Mary and Marticia.
Charles Wright spent the first twelve years of his life in the land of his nativity and then accompanied his parents on their emigration to the Sunflower state. He completed his education in the public schools of Mission Center, Brown county, and was reared to the work of the farm, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of agriculturists. On the 5th of April, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Lou Elliott, who was born in Union county, Ohio, a daughter of John and Clarissa (Ford) Elliott, of Brown county. After his marriage, Mr. Wright took up his abode upon a farm two and a half miles from Willis. This place was originally known as the Sam Houston farm and is certainly very conveniently located. He carefully cultivates his fields, keeping everything upon the place in good condition. His labors resulted in securing good crops, which brought to him a gratifying income, and he prosecuted his work in an energetic and persevering manner, continuing his farming operations until his death, which was the result of an accident. He left a widow and five children, namely: Chester C.; Lory E.; George L., who was born in May, 1890, and died November 7, 1894; Inez M. and Alvin R. It was not long after the father's death, however, until the third son passed away, when a little lad of four years.
In his political views Mr. Wright was a stanch Republican and kept well informed on the issues of the day, earnestly advocating the principles of his party. In his business dealings he was honorable and upright; in manner was quiet and unostentatious, but was a firm friend, a loving and devoted husband and father, and a man of irreproachable moral character who enjoys the confidence and good will of all who knew him. Mrs. Wright and her children still occupy the farm which was left to her by her husband. She is a member and attends the services of the Methodist church in Willis, and in Mission township she has a large circle of friends, while the hospitality of the best homes is extended to her.