History of Buchanan County, Iowa 1842 to 1881"
Transcribed by Tommy Joe Fulton and Peggy Hoehne
C. B. KANDY was born in Syracuse, New York, April 20, 1829. He made his home with his father, John F. Kandy, till he was twenty-one years of age, save three years he spent in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, when he learned the machinist's trade. In the year 1850, he accompanied his father to Belvidere, Illinois, where his father built a woollen mill and run it about one year. While the father and son were putting in and adjusting new shafts, Mr. John F. Kandy was caught by one of the revolving shafts and killed. This happened in 1851.
After the event, Mr. C. B. Kandy engaged in clerking, which he followed until the spring of 1859, when in company with several others he made an overland trip to Pike's Peak, occupying over thirty days in the trip. Not finding matters very encouraging there, he returned in November, stopping at Independence on his way, to visit his brother-in-law, Robert Plane, who was in the hardware business, and for whom Mr. Kandy engaged as clerk one year. The year following, he engaged in the dry goods business with a partner.
In the spring of 1862 he was appointed sutler in the Twenty-seventh Iowa infantry, and held the position until the close of the war. Returning to Independence, he engaged as clerk in the hardware store of King & Kenyon, and was in their employ about three years, when he again engaged with Mr. Plane for about two years.
In the year 1870, he was elected by his fellow townsmen as city marshal, which position he occupied three and a half years. At the expiration of this time, he was elected to the office of constable, which trust he still holds in connection with the position of city marshal, which appointment he received in 1877.
Mr. Kandy married his wife in Independence in 1875, her maiden name being Anna C. Whait. Mr. Kandy, by his strict attention to business, and by doing whatever law and duty demands regardless of friend or foe, has won for himself the highest respect of all who know him. He has been a citizen of this place since its earliest development, and takes a laudable pride in the rapid strides made by the county, and in the present condition of the county seat. In addition, we have the pleasure of stating that he is a good, sound Republican.