Charles  J.  Fastlaben

            The gentleman whose biographical sketch is herewith presented, is a native of Shelby County, Ind., and dates his birth from the 4th day of June, 1859.  His father was  Henry Fastlaben,  a native of Germany, born March 13, 1828, and his mother whose maiden name was  Caroline  Markley,  was born in the same country, on the 24th day of March, 1828.  Mr. and Mrs. Fastlaben were the parents of eight children, the subject of this sketch being the second in number.  His early educational training was obtained in the Shelbyville city schools, supplemented by a course at St. Joseph's Academy, Cincinnati, and later at the St. Mary's Institute, Dayton, Ohio, where he made substantial progress in the higher branches of learning.  August 2, 1873, he accepted the position of Deputy Clerk, Shelby Circuit Court, the duties of which position he discharged in an eminently creditable manner, until March 4, 1886, when owing to the death of  Albert  J.  Gorgas,  Clerk, he was appointed to fill out the unexpired term.  He acted as Clerk until November 11, 1886, at which time he again became Deputy under  Thomas  S.  Jones,  the present incumbent of the office.  Mr. Fastlaben is an accomplished business man, thoroughly familiar with all the details of the office with which he has so long been identified, and has the respect and confidence of the public irrespective of political affiliation.  He is a Democrat, and as such has been a potent factor in local politics, though in no sense a bitter partisan. Religiously, he is a Catholic. Mr. and Mrs. Fastlaben are the parents of an infant girl, unnamed, the source of much pride to them.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, pages 482-83.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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