CHARLES COX. Within the past few years the young men of Morgan County, who were born within its precincts and educated in the institutions of learning have stepped to the front to take their place among its agriculturists, its business or professional men, and are doing their share in the maintenance of its varied and extensive interests.
Among the most intelligent, wide-awake and prominent of these stands the subject of this sketch, who, notwithstanding his comparative youthfulness, has already gained a sure footing among the solid, substantial members of the farming community of township 16, range 10, the place of his nativity, and is, indeed, considered one of the leading horse-breeders in this part of the county, being the possessor of some fine blooded registered animals and fast trotters. He manages two farms in township 16, range 10; his home farm on section 35 and another which he rents, comprising 176 acres on sections 3 and 34. Both are provided with good buildings and have every convenience for prosecuting agriculture successfully. A view of his home place appears in this volume, showing its improvements and surroundings. His farm is neatly fenced, and eighty acres of it are under a high state of cultivation, while a neat, roomy dwelling and substantial barns adorn the place.
Our subject is the son of the late Charles and Francina (Phillips) Cox. (For genealogy see the sketches of his brother Hardin Cox and of John Phillips.) He is of good pioneer blood, and was born Feb. 9, 1865, on the farm where he still makes his home. He was reared on the old homestead, and received the rudiments of a good education in the district schools, afterward taking a course at the Jacksonville Business College, where he ranked well as a scholar. When he was but nineteen years of age our subject took upon himself the responsibilities of married life, and Jan. 30, 1884, his union with Miss Jennie N., daughter of David and Ellen (Shields) Belchy, was consummated. In their pleasant household three children have blessed their happy wedded life, namely: Beulah, Alberta and Harold. As we have seen Mr. Cox devotes himself to farming and has met with more than ordinary success in his vocation. He is noted especially as a breeder of fine horses, and has some registered stock that is classed among the best in the county. He has a fine dark-gray Percheron, No. 14,123 French, No. 8,396 American, and keeps from ten to fifteen brood mares of high grades. He is the owner of the celebrated trotter, Red Pepper , which is a very high-bred horse, direct descendent of Maud S., although not a registered animal.
Our subject is gifted with a clear brain, steady purpose, and great force of character, and is an honor to the citizenship of his native county that looks to him and her other young sons to do good service in the support of her institutions and interests, to extend her wealth, and aid in giving her the proudest place among her sister counties. He is a young man of correct habits and fine principles, and he and his amiable wife are among the most influential members of the Baptist Chapel at township 15, range 10. Mr. Cox has mingled somewhat in the public life of his township, for which he is eminently fitted, and as School Director for three years has done what he could to promote the cause of education.