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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

THOMAS A. CARVER, late editor and proprietor of the Saturday Morning Call, Shellsburg, is a native of Iowa, born in Linn County, April 24, 1860. His father, Thomas B. Carver, was born in Ohio, and when a young man came to Iowa, locating in Linn County, where his marriage took place with Elizabeth Deane, a native of Ohio. He was a farmer by occupation, and in 1862 he entered his country's service, enlisting in Co. I, 20th Iowa Vol. Inf., and died at New Orleans in the spring of 1864, while yet in the service. His widow is now residing in Shellsburg. There were four children in the parental family, one of whom died in infancy and three are yet living — Sarah E., who is the wife of Mont La Tourette; Tabitha J., now the wife of G. W. Reynolds, and Thomas A., the subject of this sketch.

Thomas received his education in the common schools and in June, 1878, entered the office of the Shellsburg Record, where he served three years, and then purchased an interest in the paper, being associated as partner in its publication about one year. In February, 1882, he sold his interest in the Record and purchased a half interest in the Jasper Times. He removed to that place, and on May 1 following he became sole proprietor of the Times. In June, 1884, and for a few months afterward he worked in the office of the Cedar Rapids Republican. In October, 1884, he returned to Shellsburg and established the Saturday Morning Call, which he disposed of early in the spring of 1866.

On the 14th day of December, 1881, Mr. Carver was united in marriage with Ella Dickson, who was born in Omaha, Neb., and is a daughter of Kennard Dickson. Mr. and Mrs. Carver are the parents of three children — Frank S., Robert W. and Cleata May.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 223.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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