Charles Larrabee

Charles Larrabee was born June 13, 1862 in Clermont, Iowa. He attended Clermont schools and was graduated from the Iowa State Agricultural College in 1888.

He Went to Kossuth County in the 1880s to look after his father's land interests. In the early 1890s, he moved to Fort Dodge and helped found the Iowa Savings Bank. He was also affiliated with the Corn Belt Packing Company, E.H. Williams Lumber Company, and Lehigh Sewer and Pipe Company. He was a staunch Republican.

He married Charlotte Winston Osborn ("Winnie") on May 18, 1901. They had 3 children: Charles born in 1902; Frederic Osborn in 1905; and Anna born in 1911.

This history is from the "History of Fort Dodge and Webster County, Iowa published by Pioneer Publishing in 1913.

Charles Larrabee. a leading and respected resident of F^ort Dodge, living at No. 1222 Sixth avenue, South, is a well known factor in financial circles as the vice president and a director of the Iowa Savings Bank and is also prominent in agricultural circles as a far- mer and breeder of thoroughbred cattle. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Adam Larrabee, while his maternal grandparents were Gustavus Adolphus and Prudence Ann (Williams) Appelman.

Charles Larrabee was reared in the city of his nativity (Clermont) and obtained his early education in the public schools, continuing his studies in the Iowa Agricultural College at Ames. Assisting in the work of his father's farm, he early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, and in the pursuit of farming and stock-raising he has found both pride and pleasure. After putting aside his text-books he went to Kossuth county, Iowa, to look after his father's landed interests there, and for a period of seven years resided at Armstrong in Emmet county, just over the Kossuth county line. Subsequently he came to Fort Dodge and, in association with E. J. Breen and others, organized the Iowa Savings Bank with a capitalization of fifty thousand dollars. In the capacity- of Vice president he has since contributed in large measure to the growth and success of the institution. He is also connected with the Corn Belt Packing Company, the E. H. Williams Lumber Company and the Lehigh Sewer Pipe & Tile Company. The pursuits of faniiint;' and stock-raising, however, have claimed the major portion of his time and attention. He and his brother. Senator Frederic Lar- rabee, are Ijreeders of the Brown Swiss ami Hereford cattle. In 1881, at the Iowa State Fair, he exhibited for his father the first herd of Brown Swiss cattle ever shown at that fair and received a silver medal. He owns farms in Kossuth and Lyon counties, and the cattle farm which he owns in association with his brother com- prises four hundred acres and lies just soutli of the corporate limits of Fort Dodge. His interests are varied and important and in their successful control he has won a measure of prosperity and an enviable reputation for integrity and straight- forward dealing.

In May, 1901, Mr. Larrabee was muted in marriage to Miss Charlotte Winston Osborn. a native of Ripiey, Iowa, and a daughter of Benjamin F. and Mittie ( Shelton) Osborn, who were born in Indiana and Virginia respectively. Her parents became early settlers of Greene county, Iowa, and are still residents of Ripley, where Mr. Osborn has been engaged in his drug business since 1878. He was connected with the board of regents at Iowa City and also with the board of trustees of the Iowa State Teachers' College at Cedar Falls for a number of years. He has three children, William S., Wayne M. and Charlotte Winston Larrabee. The last named is the mother of three children, namely: Charles, Jr., Frederic Osborn and Anne.

Charles Larrabee is a stanch republican and has been a member of the Fort Dodge city council for one term. While still a resident of his native city he served as a member of the Clermont school board. His wife belongs to the Episcopal church. As a business man Mr. Larrabee has been conspicuous among his associates, not only for his success, but for his fairness and honorable methods. In everything he has been eminently practical, and this has been mani- fest not only in his business undertakings but in his agricultural, social and private life.

He passed away on March 4, 1943 at age 81. He died in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge after a lengthy illness.

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