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Charles M. Armistead

Page 667
Although Mr Armistead has not long been a resident of Perry County, he has become one of its leading citizens and most extensive farmers. He was born in Mississippi May 31, 1861 and is a son of Thomas R. Armistead and Priscilla Beard of Georgia and Alabama respectively, and is the eleventh in a family of twelve children born to the parents. He was reared on his father's farm in Pontotoc County Mississippi until 1869 when the family moved to DeSoto County, where Charles attended the public schools for a short season as well as receiving instruction from his parents at home and notwithstanding the very little schooling he received in his youth he improved every minute of the time employed, and is well educated for a man who labored under the disadvantages that he encountered. In 1888 he moved to Arkansas and settled in Sevier, where he leased a large tract of land, and commenced farming very extensively. He now has 775 acres under cultivation, consisting of 500 acres in cotton, seventy five acres in corn and the balance in different growths. Mr. Armistead has a larger number of acres under cultivation than any other farmer in Perry County. He is a member of Woodland Lodge No. 1, at Conway, Ark, and was initiated into the order in June of the present year. Still a young man and comparatively a new resident in his adopted State, Mr. Armistead has become an active spirit in all matters pertaining to his county's welfare. He is an enterprising citizen and a popular one, and although he is at present a bachelor, it yet remains to be seen whether or not one of the many pairs of bright eyes in that locality can not induce him to change his condition.