Biography of John M. Carr
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JOHN METZLER CARR
John M. Carr, who, after a long and active career, has now retired from business, is one of the earliest pioneers of the Fruitvale district of Oakland and has been an interested spectator of the wonderful development of that locality. He was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, January 13, 1852, and is a son of Thomas and Margaret (McCully) Carr, the former of whom was a native of Scotland. Both parents have long since passed away.

John M. Carr left home at the tender age of eight years, since which time he has made his own way in the world. In early life he attended school and learned the trade of a blacksmith. When twenty two years old he went to Boston, Massachusetts, in which city he resided five years, and in 1874 came to the Pacific coast, locating first in San Francisco. Two years later he went to Menlo Park, this state, and after two years there he came to Oakland, locating in what is known as Fruit vale, where he engaged in the dairy business. At that time he pastured his cattle where now stands the solidly built business district of that place and on the site of many of the finest residences. He continued in the dairy business for forty years, enjoying a large patronage, for he sold good milk and gave prompt and efficient service, and met with a very gratifying financial success. He has now retired and makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Saunders.

Mr. Carr was united in marriage to Miss Alice Maude O'Brien, also a native of Nova Scotia, who died in December, 1916, at the age of fifty four years. To them were born four children: Mrs. Lottie Saunders; Roy A., who died when twenty years old; Alfred J., who lives in Moraga Valley; and Greta, the wife of August Cramm, a civil engineer for the Western Pacific Railroad. There are also seven grandchildren.

Mr. Carr gives his political support to the republican party. Despite his age he is still very active and devotes his attention to the management of his property interests, having made good investments in his section of the city. A man of kindly and hospitable nature, he is widely known and throughout the range of his acquaintance he is held in the very highest esteem.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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