Charles W. Pace was born April 1st. 1827, in the state of Virginia. In early life he lived on the frontier portions of the states of Tennessee and Indiana. He was one of the California gold seekers in 1849 and '50, traveling across the plains from the Missouri to the coast with an ox team. Returning to Indiana, he settled there for a short time and in 1854 moved to Iowa, which was then being settled. For 26 years he followed farming in the valley of the Nodaway near Clarinda in south-western Iowa. He accumulated considerable wealth, which was largely lost in the money panic in 1873.
At the beginning of the civil war he enlisted as a private, but was afterward promoted to captain of Company C 11 Mo. Reg. Which position he held to the close of the war.
In 1879 he took up his march westward and was engaged in mining in Gunnison county, Colo., for four years and was one of the founders of the town of Pitkin.
In 1883 he removed to the North Fork valley and has since resided here.
He was married in 1846 to Mary Weininger by whom he had one son Edward A. Pace, now an attorney of New Market, Iowa. In 1848 his wife died and he was married in 1851 to Elizabeth J. Farris, who died at Paonia in 1889. To this union there were born three sons and four daughters, Frank G. Pace, of Clarinda, Iowa, Mrs. Mary Davison and Florence Young, deceased, and Mrs. Rose Campbell and Charles W. Pace of Paonia. In 1891 he was married to Mrs. Martha Heffley of Hotchkiss, who died in Hotchkiss in 1906.
His last years were spent with his daughter, Mrs. Rose A. Campbell and Charles W. Pace, at Paonia, where he was tenderly cared for until his death July 13, 1908.
He was a farmer by occupation, a believer in the Christian religion and a lifelong Democrat."