Marshall County Biographies
CHARLES H. TARVIN.
Charles H. Tarvin, one of the well-known and successful men of Marysville township, Marshall county, was born in Kentucky on November 9, 1863,
being the son of G. W. and Anna S. (Hicks) Tarvin.
G. W. and Anna S. Tarvin were born in Kentucky, he on September
14, 1824, and she on July 25, 1828. They received their education in the
common schools of that state and were reared on the farm. After their marriage they established their home on a farm, and there Mr. Tarvin engaged
in agricultural work until April, 1865, when the family immigrated to Kansas. Here he bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Marysville
township, Marshall county, and engaged in general farming and stock raising until the time of his death on December 11, 1905, his wife survived him
until April 15, 1915. They were good Christian people and were devout
members of the United Brethren church, of which Mr. Tarvin was a minister
for over fifteen years. He always took much interest in local affairs and
lived a progressive life. He was identified with the Republican party and
served his township for a number of years as a justice of the peace.
G. W. and Anna S. Tarvin were married in their Kentucky home on
October 14, 1850, and there they lived for fifteen years, when they and their
family came to Kansas. They were the parents of seven children as follow:
L. S., who is a minister at Mankato, Kansas; Mattie H. Randolph resides at
Marysville, Kansas, where her husband is city clerk; Willie G. died at the
age of two years; John M. resides at Blue Rapids, Kansas, where he is a
well-known and successful stockman; Charles H., the subject of this sketch;
Sallie H. and George W., now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Tarvin hail much
to do with the moral and social development of the communities in which
they lived and were held in the highest regard and esteem. Their lives were
devoted to their family and the good that they might do among the people
of their home district. They were strong advocates of the best schools and
the moral training of the voting, and their influence had much to do with the
high standard of living in the township.
Charles H. Tarvin was but two years of age, when his parents left
their home in Kentucky and came to Kansas, and located in Marysville township, where he grew to manhood on the home farm, and received his education in the local schools. At the age of sixteen years, he started out for
himself, and for five years he worked as a farm hand in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He then returned to Marshall county and rented
the farm of his father for two years. He then purchased forty acres of the
place, on which he lived for twenty years. At that time his father died and
Mr. Tarvin came into control of the home place, where he has since lived.
He now owns three hundred and twenty acres of excellent land, which is
well improved. He does little of the active work on the farm, but rents the
place to his son, and devotes his time to his extensive interests in the buying
and the selling of stock.
In 1889 Charles H. Tarvin was united in marriage to Cora C. Tays,
the daughter of Dr. R. L. and Laura (Barnes) Tays. Doctor Tays was
born in North Carolina on October 25, 1850, and was reared on a farm
in that state and received his elementary education in the local schools. He
later studied medicine and was engaged in the practice from the time he was
twenty-one years of age until the time of his death on April 30, 1916. He
practiced for some years in the state of Missouri and in 1883 came to Kansas,
locating in Herkimer, where he died. He was a man of pleasing qualities
and made many friends. He was a member of the Masonic order and became
a past master. Politically, he was identified with the Republican party and
served his county as coroner for some years. Mrs. Tays was a native of
Missouri and grew to womanhood on the home farm and received her education in the local schools. She was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church and took much interest in all church work, and she and Doctor
Tays were prominent in the social life of the community for many years.
Her death occurred in 1878, where the family was living at the time. They
were the parents of three children as follow: Cora, the wife of Charles H.
Tarvin; William Lee, in the United States army and one that died in infancy.
Cora (Tays) Tarvin was born in the state of Missouri on December 18,
1872, and received her education in the common schools. Mr. and Mrs.
Tarvin are the parents of six children as follow: Earl D., born on November 17, 1889, and is now an electrician at Marysville; Tays R., January 15,
1891; Monarie, February 13, 1892; Merle G., April 12, 1896; one that died
in infancy and Teddie McKinley, January 25, 1900. The children are all
at home with the exception of the first named.
Mr. and Mrs. Tarvin are prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal
church, of which they have long been members. They take much interest in
moral and social development of their community and are held in the highest
regard and esteem by all who know them.
Politically, Charles H. Tarvin is identified with the Republican party
and is one of the progressive and prominent men of that organization in Marshall county. He served for eight years as township trustee of Marysville
township, and his official life was one of honor and respect. He is a man
of much ability and the affairs of the township were conducted in a most
business-like and practical manner.
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