Born: 31 January 1842
Died: 11 June 1918
Father: Ferrin Hartshorn
Mother: Sarah Smith
From my research, I understand that Charles Hartson was independent from a young age, and moved around many times. He lived at various times in Idaho, Oregon, and California, eventually settling in Susanville near Honey Lake, where he became a successful alfalfa farmer.
From Ancestry.com: This is a picture of the Charles and Sarah Hartson family at the ranch homestead in Honeylake valley. They grew hay and were very successful. The older lady to left is Sarah Jane Marlette Hartson and left of her is Charles Hartson.