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WHEELER, J.H. Vol. II. Pp. 618-19. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910


A man well and favorably known in the community in which he resides, is E. P. Carpenter, who owns and operates a finely improved farm of two hundred and forty acres in section 36, Clear Lake township. He came to Cerro Gordo county in 1888 and located upon his present place. He was born in Scott county, Iowa, in 1860, his parents being 0. P. and Mary E. (Hart) Carpenter. The father was a native of New York state, but early in life came to Iowa, and from that state enlisted in the Twentieth Iowa Regiment at the time of the Civil war. He died in a hospital in the south and was buried in the government cemetery. The mother was born in Ohio and came to Iowa with her parents in 1845. She is now a resident of Clear Lake, and is seventy-three years of age. Mr. Carpenter is one of four children, all natives of Iowa, namely: Daniel, who died at twelve years of age; S. L., residing in this county; E. P., our subject; and Leroy, who died in infancy.

Mr. Carpenter was reared and educated in Scott county, Iowa, supplementing his common-school education with a course in the normal school at Valparaiso, Indiana. He engaged for some years in the general mercantile business at Camanche, Iowa, but abandoned that to take up agriculture. His experiences in this line in Cerro Gordo county have been entirely gratifying and he does not regret his change of vocation. He subscribes to the policies and principles of the Republican party and takes an interest in public affairs, without at the same time caring for office. He has membership in the Modern Woodmen of America and Mrs. Carpenter belongs to the Royal Neighbors. Both are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Clear Lake.

Mr. Carpenter was married in 1885, in Clinton county, Iowa, to Miss Minnie Elce. Her father was a resident of Clinton county in the early days and saw service in the Civil war. Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter have a family of three children, these being: Verna M., attending Cornell College, Iowa; Charles P., a student at Ames Agricultural College; and Ethel E.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2014



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