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H. H. Carnahan

H. H. CARNAHAN, dealer in general merchandise at Larrabee, Iowa, is one of the enterprising and energetic men of the village.  He was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania in 1834 and is a son of Charles Stuart and Elizabeth (Wolf) Carnahan.  The parents, full of courage and bravery to encounter the dangers and hardships of a pioneer life, removed to Lee County, Illinois, in 1850, and settled at Malugin's Grove.  There H. H. grew to manhood, receiving his education in the common schools.  In 1865 he engaged in the mercantile business at Malugins's Grove, which business he followed for fifteen years.  In 1882 he decided to make a change in his place of residence, and located in Cedar Township, Cherokee County; he has a farm in an advanced state of cultivation, well improved with good buildings.  All the surroundings bespeak thrift and wise management on the part of the owner.  

Mr. Carnahan was married in 1859, in Lee County, Illinois, to Miss Matilda Beringer.  By this union twelve children have been born, six sons and six daughters:  Elsie I., Mary E., Margaret I., Edwin, Eliza, Charlotte, Wilbert, Minnie, Harry, Clyde, Walter and Herbert.  Politically Mr. Carnahan affiliates with the Republican party.  The people of his township have attested their confidence in him by calling him to fill the offices of township treasurer, clerk and justice of the peace, acquitting himself with much credit, and to the entire satisfaction of the public.  He was made a Mason in Illinois in 1859 by Brooklin Lodge, No. 282.  He is also a member of the I.O.O.F.  Mr. Carnahan is a worthy and respected member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he is a man strong in his convictions of right and wrong, and lives a life accordingly.  He represents the Phoenix Insurance Company of Brooklyn, and the Aetna of Hartford.  

  Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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