Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES E. KELLUM, one of the
commissioners of Lincoln county, progressive, public-spirited, and enterprising,
resides at Odessa. He was born in Muscatine county, Iowa, June 2,
1868, the son of Alfred and Amy (Mills) Kellum. The father was a
native of Marion county, Indiana, and his parents were early pioneers of
that state. He died in 1893. The mother, born in Ohio, still
lives at Joplin, Missouri.
When our subject was six years of age his
parents removed to Jasper county, Missouri, where he remained until
the spring of 1890, attending district school and working on a farm with
his father. That year he went to San Diego, California, remaining
ten months engaged in various employments. Thence he went to Fresno,
same state, and in 1898 rented a farm in partnership with his brother.
He then came to Lincoln county, and purchased two and three-quarters sections
of land from the Northern Pacific Railway Company, also in partnership
with his brother, and aside from this each filed on a homestead claim.
They now cultivate five sections, mainly devoted to wheat and are considered
among the most prominent farmers in the county. Mr. Kellum has two
brothers and three sisters; William L., residing at Odessa; and Noah M.,
a farmer of San Diego, California; Ella, widow of Elwood Lazenby; Ida,
wife of John Wilson; and Nettie, wife of Edmund Dennison, a professor in
the high school of Kansas City, Missouri.
At Carthage, Missouri, January 25, 1899, our
subject was married to Addie Gates, born in Illinois. Her father,
John Gates, a native of Illinois, now lives at Carthage, Missouri, where
he is engaged in farming. She has three brothers; Wilkes, of Galena,
Kansas; Jefferson, of the same place; and William, living at the old home
in Carthage. She has one sister, Eliza, widow of George Johnson,
To Mr. and Mrs. Kellum has been born one boy,
Glenn, on August 27, 1901. Politically, Mr. Kellum is a Republican
and was elected county commissioner in 1902. He is a member of Washington
Lodge, No. 195, I. O. O. F., at Odessa. Mrs. Kellum was graduated
from the Carthage high school, and for several years taught in Jasper county,
Missouri. The family is highly esteemed in the community of Odessa
and throughout Lincoln county where they have a wide circle of friends