Lee County Biography
CHARLES THOMAS SELF
Among the successful business men of Dixon, Hlinois, is Charles Thomas Self, who for a number of years has conducted a blacksmith shop here. Mr. Self is a native of Lee county, where he was born August 14, 1882, three and a half miles north of Franklin Grove, his parents being Francis Enoch and Nancy Lorella Self. age. The mother is a native of Lee county, Illinois, where she still makes her home, being now a resident of Bradford township. In their family were twelve children, ten of whom survive.
Following his marriage Mr. Ewald began his domestic life upon a rented farm, which he continued to till for seven years. He then purchased one hundred and sixty acres on section 22, Reynolds township, a tract which was then partially improved. He has continued its further development along progressive lines of farming and annually the fields bring forth rich crops owing to the care and labor which he bestows upon them. His methods are at once practical and progressive and in addition to raising grain he makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock, which constitutes an important source of his income.
As the years have gone by Mr. and Mrs. Ewald have become the parents of three children: Fern Anna M., born April 4,1906, Mark William, August 17, 1910, and Lloyd Andrew William, January 28,1912. The parents hold membership in the Evangelical church, and Mr. Ewald gives his political support to the republican party but has never sought nor desired office as a reward for party fealty, preferring to give his undivided attention to his farming interests, which, capably managed, are bringing to him a good return.
Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens