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Charles A. Campbell. With the exception of seven years when he kept a lonely bachelor's cabin on the prairies of North Dakota, Charles A. Campbell has lived in Smithfield Township of DeKalb County all his life. He has been an industrious farmer, has made his work practical, and while looking after his own affairs he has not neglected the interests of the community. In every sense he has been a useful citizen. He was born on the farm that he now owns September 3, 1866, a son of John and Cornelia (Hemstreet) Campbell. These were pioneer families, the Hemstreets coming to DeKalb County in 1843 and the Campbells in 1847, both settling in Smithfield Township. John Campbell was born in Summit County, Ohio, November 14, 1835, and his wife in Huron County, that state, October 21, 1838. They were married in Smithfield Township in 1859, and then settled on the farm where their son Charles lives, and spent the rest of their days there. The father died March 2, 1904. John Campbell was a republican, but subsequently became affiliated with the democratic party. He served a term as trustee of Smithfield Township. He and his wife had four children: Jennie, wife of Carey Duncan, of Eastern Ohio; Sarah, wife of George Parnell, of North Carolina; Scott, of Montpelier, Ohio; and Charles A.

Charles A. Campbell grew up on the home farm and attended common schools. At the age of twenty-one he went west and homesteaded 160 acres in North Dakota, proving up on his claim and cultivating it for seven years. In 1895 he returned to DeKalb County and in 1898 married Sophia Schweitzer, who was born in Smithfield Township October 1, 1876, and had a common school education. Since their marriage, for over twenty years, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have occupied the old Campbell homestead, where he owns 102 acres devoted to general farming and stock raising. He is active in democratic politics, a member of the township advisory board, a member of the Ashley Co-operative Association and a stockholder in the Gleaner Clearance House. He and his wife are both members of the Ancient Order of Gleaners. During the World war Mr. Campbell served as township chairman for the Council of Defense and was active in all patriotic campaigns.

To his marriage were born six children: Josh J., Herman, Ruth, John, June and Helen. Herman and John are deceased. The others are all at home, and Josh and Ruth are graduates of the common schools.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)

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