Charles E. Perkins
"Probably no man has been so many years a county officer as Mr. Perkins, his entire career in that capacity covering a period of at least twenty years."
Charles Edgar Perkins came to this state in 1856 and located in Galesville. He was born in Vermont on July 22, 1821. He learned the trade of woolen manufacturing with his father and received good "English" education. In 1856 after settling in Galesville, he worked at whatever he could find to do until 1858 when he was elected Register of Deeds of this county. In 1860 he was defeated on the People's ticket for County Clerk but was again re-elected for the Register of Deeds position in 1862.
From 1866 to 1871, Perkins was engaged in the insurance business and in 1870, he was elected Clerk of the Count. In 1873, Charles E. Perkins was elected County Judge. During that time he was also the Clerk of Courts.
During his term as Clerk, Perkins made a complete abstract of Trempealeau County.