Charles Waldron, a farmer of Big River Township, was born in Suffolk County, Mass., in 1835, and is a son of Daniel B., and Drusilla (Parshlay)
Waldron, natives of New Hampshire, the former a carpenter by trade; the
latter died in 1855. Charles Roxbury was educated at Roxbury, now Boston, Mass., and, at the age of eighteen years, went to Davenport, Iowa, where he worked three years as an apprentice to the carpenter's trade, and afterward as a journeyman, until 1861, the last three years at Potosi, Washington Co., Mo. In 1861 he settled on Big River, close to the county line between Washington and Jefferson Counties, and began his career as a farmer. He rented land for eight or ten years, afterward
purchased, and is now the owner of 985 acres, 665 in Jefferson County and
320 in Washington County, the greater portion of which lies in Big River
bottom. He is one of the substantial farmers of the community, and in
connection with farming is engaged in stock raising. He also owns four
houses and lots in De Soto. In 1866 he married Mrs. Mary Byron, nee
Johnson, who is a native of Jefferson County, Mo., and was born in 1835.
They have three children, William Daniel, Celia Jane and Margaret. Mrs.
Waldron has two children by her first husband, Addie Melissa and George W.
In politics, Mr. Waldron is a stanch and life-long Democrat; he is a member
of the A. O. U. W.