From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 953

CHARLES H. BILLINGS, superintendent Madison Plow Works; was born in Cazenovia, Madison Co., N.Y., in 1820; his father was a carriage-maker, and he learned the trade of carriage-ironer and blacksmith. He was married in 1842, to Miss Maria M. MERRILL, of Utica. He came West in 1845; learned the trade of plow-maker in the plow factory at Naperville, Du Page Co., Ill.; in November 1846 he settled in Madison, which has been his home to the present time, and plow making has been his main business in Madison; he is superintendent of the factory of the Madison Plow Company, which has purchased the Garnhart Reaper Works, and during the season of 1880 they have been re-fitted and enlarged to meet the requirements of their increasing business. Mr. BILLINGS was twelve years in the E. W. Keyes Fire Company and two years Chief Engineer of the Fire Department, also two years on Board of Supervisors; is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His residence is 53 Johnson street. Has four children; three live in Madison and one in Iowa; the three oldest are married. During his thirty-five years' residence in Madison, he has seen it grow from a rude country place of 250 inhabitants to its present wealth and beauty. He is a skilled mechanic and a reliable citizen.

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