Charles Hadsall was born in 1843 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. During his youth he worked on the family’s small farm. In 1863, at the age of twenty, he joined the 112th Regiment, 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery M. It was during the Civil War that he began recording his experiences and observations in a daily diary. Following the war, he returned to his parent’s home in Pennsylvania where he alternated between occasional school attendance, farm work and outside winter jobs.
Hadsall came to Nebraska in 1871, homesteading in Saunders County, approximately a mile east of Weston, Nebraska. He married Caroline O’Kane of Polo, Illinois, in 1874. They had eight children. Charles Hadsall was a successful farmer, dairyman and beekeeper. He was a member of the Republican Party, the Grange and the Farmers’ Alliance. In 1900 he and his family moved to University Place, a Lincoln suburb, so that his sons could attend Nebraska Wesleyan University. In 1909 he purchased land in San Patricio County, Texas, where he spent his winters. Charles Hadsall died on November 19, 1915, and was buried in Weston, Nebraska. [Source: Nebraska State Historical Society]