Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
CHARLES B. PICKERING. The late Charles B. Pickering was a worthy representative of that type of American character and of that progressive spirit which promotes public good in advancing individual prosperity and conserving popular interests. Members of the Pickering family have long been identified with the affairs of Greene county.
Mr. Pickering was born at Greeneville, Greene county, Tennessee, September 28, 1854. He was a son of Samuel and Margaret (Gray) Pickering, the father born March 22, 1820, and the mother on June 9, 1819, both in Tennessee, and there they grew to maturity and were married, and they were young when they came to Greene county, Missouri, located on a farm and here spent the rest of their lives, the father dying in 1908 and the mother's death occurred May 17, 1907. They were the parents of nine children.
Charles B. Pickering grew to manhood on the home farm and he worked hard when a boy, and in the winter he received his education by attending the district schools. Early in life he began farming for himself, which he continued along general lines the rest of his life and was one of the successful tillers of the soil in Republic township, owning over two hundred acres of well improved and productive land. He had a good home and numerous convenient buildings for his livestock, which he always managed to keep a good grade of and carefully prepare for the market.
Mr. Pickering was married October 29, 1884, to Sarah M. Summer, a native of Greene county, Tennessee, born July 16, 1861, and she was a daughter of Joseph and Julia (Harris) Summer, both natives of Virginia, in which state they spent their earlier years, finally removing to Missouri, and locating on a farm in Greene county. Mr. Summer was also a carpenter.
To Mr. and Mrs. Pickering two children were born, namely: Leota, now about twenty-four years of age, married Ardo D. Anderson, a farmer of this county, and Samuel Bruce, who is now about twenty-two years of age, lives on the home farm with his widowed mother and is successfully operating the place.
Politically, Mr. Pickering was a Republican, and in his church affiliations was a Protestant Methodist, although he was raised a Quaker. Fraternally, he belonged to the Woodmen of the World.
The death of Mr. Pickering occurred on October 22, 1908, at the age of fifty-four years. He was industrious, strictly honest and reliable and was highly respected by his neighbors and acquaintances.
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