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From A Step Back in Time by Bobbie Sue Shelton


Mr.Ches McCartney, better known as "The Goat Man," was born in Van Buren Township, Keokuk County, Iowa on July 6, 1901. At the age of 14 he ran away from home and went to New York where he met his first wife, a Spanish knife thrower, while he was selling papers on the street corner. They soon married, Ches was 14 and his wife was 24. When they were expecting their first child, they decided to settle down and bought a farm in What Cheer, Iowa.

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