History of Jersey County, Illinois / edited by Oscar B. Hamilton: Chicago, Munsell Publishing Co., 1919
Johns, Charles Wesley, one of the substantial business men of Jerseyville, is sole proprietor of Johns' Smokeless Fuel Economizer, which is one of the modern inventions which are so revolutionizing methods in these days.He was born at Medora, Ill, October 23, 1880. a son of William F. and Anne Locella (Simpson) Johns, he born in Germany and she in Medora, Ill.When he was six years old, the father came with the parents to the United States, having been born January 5, 1841.In 1851 they came to Medora, Ill., and here he later met and married Anne L Simpson.They settled at Medora after their marriage, and here he conducted a tinning business until 1909, and then embarked in a photographing business at Jacksonville, Ill., which he is still operating.
Charles Wesley Johns attended the grammar and high schools of Medora until he was sixteen years old, and then went into a laundry business at Shreveport, LA.Later he was at Long View, Tex., for a time, but subsequently went to Chicago, and was there employed in a laundry until 1901, at which time he came to Jerseyville and bought a laundry and conducted it until 1915, when he secured a patent upon the device which bears his name, to which he is selling rights, and his success shows that people are appreciating its value and usefulness.
On April 3, 1901, Mr. Johns was married to Mattie B. Rhodes, born at Medora, Ill., a daughter of Walter A. and Sarah E. (Rhoades) Rhoades, he born at Charlottesville, VA., and she at Medora, Ill.Mr. and Mrs. Johns have two children: William W., who was born December 23, 1902; and Eula F., who was born September 18, 1905.They are members of the Baptist Church.In politics a Republican, he served as a member of the city council from the Fourth Ward for one term,Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason, an Odd Fellow, Elk, and Modern Woodman of America, and Mrs. Johns is a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs,The son is a boy scout, and both children are very talented musically.This is a patriotic family, and is typical of the element of true Americanism that has made this country what it is, and promises to keep up the high standard raise by Revolutionary forefathers.