Charles Renick was born out in Sni-a-bar Township in
this County (Jackson), May 5, 1867. He comes from a line of
Jackson Countyans. His grandfather first settled here in 1828,
and both is father and mother were born in this country, the former in
1832 and the latter in 1839. His father, John T. Renick, is one
of the most prominent citizens of the county, and it was on his farm
that Charles was born. Mr. Renick received his first schooling
in the district schools of the county, and finished a course at the
College at Odessa.
He left school life at twenty-one years of
age, and entered mercantile life in Independence. He remained in
the store for three years, leaving it to go on the road as a
commercial traveler for Burnham, Hanna, Munger & Co., and later
for Swofford Bros. In 1895 he went into mercantile business for
himself down in Oak Grove, and achieved a success.
In 1898 he was given the nomination for Clerk
of the Criminal court by the Democratic Party, and was elected by a
flattering majority. His ability and integrity in office,
together with native energy, mad him the logical nominee of the party
to succeed himself, and in 1902 he was nominated by acclamation.
He was married Christmas day, 1900, to Mrs.
Almeda K. Humphrey, daughter of Dr. Willis P. King.
He is an enthusiastic Elk, and holds
membership in several other secret organizations.