Charles P. VANDIVER, a gentleman of untiring energy, industry and intelligence, who has made a success in life in a chosen line and contributed not a little to the progress and prosperity of his town and country was born near Fayette, Howard County, December 25, 1858. His parents, A. C. and Julia (HILL) Vandiver are both native Missourians, the father born in Marion and raised in Shelby county and the mother born and reared in Howard County. In 1864 Mr. and Mrs Vandiver moved to Chariton county, settling upon a farm between Salisbury and Keytesville, but soon afterwards located at the latter point. In youth, Charles P. recieved excellent educational training, finishing his education at the public schools of Keytesville in 1878. Five years later selecting newspaper journalism as a life's occupation, he accepted the position of local editor upon the Chariton Courier, then published at Keytesville by his father and brother-in-law, J. M. COLLINS. In 1889 our subject assumed a proprietary interest in the paper, which he held until 1892, when he became sole proprietor. His abilities as a writer and newspaper man are justly recognized and appreciated by a large majority of Chariton County citizens, and testified to by the liberal patronage and excellent standing his paper now enjoys in the county. Fearless, honest and conscientious in the support of those principles he believes right and just, he not only holds the high regard and esteem of his friends of the past but daily forms new associations, who appreciate him for his enterprise, true manhood and personal worth. On February 11, 1891, our subject was united in marriage to Mrs. Sally E. VAUGHN, of Carroll county, and a lady of culture, refinement and moral worth. Their home in Keytesville is among the prettiest and most conveniently arranged cottage residences of the city. On Bridge Street Mr. Vandiver also owns a substantial brick business house, the front of the ground floor being used as a millinery establishment, and the rear for the mechanical department of his paper, the editorial rooms being located on the second floor. Socially, our subject is an honored member of the K. of P., Modern Woodsmen and I. O. F. Fraternities; while religiously he affiliates with the methodist church. Politically he was born and reared a democrat, and not only at the polls, but through the columns of his paper, ably and intelligently supports the principles of his party.