Elias J Cartwright
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/15/2010 at 13:19:56
Elias J Cartwright is now occupying a beautiful and attractive home at No 503 Clinton street. He was formerly closely identified with agriucultural interests in Boone county and is still the owner of valuable farm property, from which he derives a substantial annual income. He was born in Coles county, Illinois, November 10, 1852, and is a son of Robert and Sarah (Dyer) Cartwright, the former a native of Indiana and the latter of Illinois. The father made farming his life work and in 1853 came to Boone county, settling on a farm in Worth township. There he devoted his energey to general agricultural pursuits for many years with growing success, but in 1911 sold that property and removed to Boone, where he is now living retired in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil. In 1913, he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife who died on June 17, that year. They were the parents of twelve childre: Sarah who died in infancy, Elias J , Susan the wife of Virgil Boone of Worth township, Katherine the wife of F O Lockard of Boone, John W living in Payette, Idaho, Albert N, of Rockford, Washington, Andrew J whose home is in Spokane, Washington, Clarence A also living in Rockford, Charles W of California, Grant R and Harvey G both deceased and Daniel J who is located at Seneca, South Dakota.
In the spring after attaining his majority Elisa J Cartwright left home. He had been reared as a farm land, working in the fields though the sumemr months and attending the pulbic schools in the winter seasons. Desiring to start out independently, he went to California, where he engaged in ranching for about three years. On the expiration of that period, however, he returned to Boone county, where he made investment in 80 acres of land, which he at once began to cultivate and improve. As the years passed on he added to this tract from time to time until his holdings embraced 300 acres or more in Colfax township. He carefully tilled the fields, bringing the farm to a high state of cultivation, and anually he gathered rich harvests which aide his work very profitable. He had secured a handsome competence, when in 1910, he retired from active business life and removed to Boone, purchasing his present attractive home at No 503 Clinton street.
On June 6, 1876, Mr Cartwright was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Morgan, a native of Illinois, who came to Boone county in her childhood. Four chilren have been born to Mr and Mrs Cartwright: Robert A, who is upon the home farm, Walter W also living in Colfax township, Lulen Cleo, deceased, and Linn Dorwin, a resident of Fowler, Colorado.
Mr Cartwright votes with the republican party and has supported its principles since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. In 1910 he was elected to the office of supervisor and in 1912 was reelcted. For tweny years he has been a trustee of Colfax township and no higher testimontial to his ability could be given than the that he has so long been retained with is fellowmen. He deserves much credit for what he has accomplished, for he started out in life empty-handed and has worked his way upward through the force of his character and his native and aquired abiltiy. His life record indicates what may be accomplished when energy and determination point the way.
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