CHARLES L. TERHUNE, a native son of Menard county, was born near Curtis, on the 2d of February, 1861, and throughout the period of his manhood has been identified with agricultural and stock raising interests in this portion of the state. He is a son of James and Ann Elizabeth (Harrison) Terhune, who were natives of Kentucky. In 1853 the father became a resident of Menard county, establishing his home at Petersburg, but after a brief residence there he took up his abode at Indian Point and subsequently purchased land near Curtis. It was upon the last mentioned farm that Charles L. Terhune was born. Throughout his entire life the father carried on agricultural pursuits and devoted his energies to the further development and improvement of his farm near Curtis until his death, which occurred June 15, 1887, when he was fifty-six years of age. His wife died April 6, 1885, at the age of fifty-five years.
In the Smoot district school Charles L. Terhune acquired a knowledge of the common branches of English learning and was therefore qualified for the discharge of life's practical duties. His farm training received under his father's direction fitted him for the work to which he has given his energies through his entire life and in which he is now meeting with well merited prosperity. At the age of twenty-two years he rented a farm for a year and then became a land owner, making purchase of one hundred acres, upon which he yet resides. He has erected here a good house and substantial barn and, in fact, all of the improvements upon the place stand as monuments to his thrift and enterprise. In his work he prospered and as his financial resources increased he added to his property until he now has two hundred acres of well improved land. In connection with the tilling of the soil he is engaged in breeding of fine trotting horses, having the tin Plate and Kennish breed of horses. He also raises white face cattle and Berkshire hogs and he has none but high grade animals upon his place.
On the 16th of February, 1886, Mr. Terhune was united in marriage to Miss Mary S. Rutledge, a daughter of J. N. Rutledge, who is mentioned on another page of this volume. Their union has been blessed with three children: Robert E., born February 12, 1887; Mabel Anna, born September 6, 1892; and Paul Rutledge, born November 9, 1897.
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune are consistent Christian people, the former holding membership in the Presbyterian church and the latter in the Cumberland Presbyterian church and their influence is ever on the side of right, progress, reform and justice. Mr. Terhune fraternally is connected with the Court of Honor, while his political allegiance is given to the Republican party. He has served as a member of the school board for six years. He is a practical business man and brings to the discharge of his official duties the same element of strong common sense and business-like perception that are manifest in the control of his private interests.