Biography of Philip E. Carr
Imperial County, CA Biographies





PHILIP EDWARD CARR. - The name which heads this review is one of the well known men of Imperial County. He is an enterprising, progressive and public spirited man and a prominent factor in the development of business lines in Calexico. Mr. Carr was born in Liberty, Montgomery County, Kansas, December 9, 1872, a son of Abner and Sarah (Teter) Carr, both deceased. There were five children born in the family, only two of whom are now living, the subject of this sketch, and brother, Albert S., of Calexico. Philip E. attended the public schools and the Central Normal College at Great Bend, Kansas, receiving the degree of B. S., graduating with the class of 1896. Mr. Carr taught school for a period of six years in the public schools of Kansas and United States Indian schools of South Dakota, New Mexico and the Fort Yuma Indian School. When Imperial County was created Mr. Carr came to this county and took up one hundred and sixty acres of land, which was in 1900. He continued in the Indian school at Yuma until 1903, when he resigned his position and moved upon his land, and has since been identified with this county. He remained on his land for a period of eleven years and in 1914 he disposed of his ranch holdings and removed to Calexico, where in 1916 he became identified with O. C. Hathaway in the garage and machine business. The firm erected a modern building, 100 feet square, and have the agency for the Studebaker automobile. The firm does a general repair business and maintains a machine and blacksmith shop, employing only expert mechanics. Mr. Carr was united in marriage to Alice Bragg, a native of Kansas, March 9, 1897. To this union have been born six children, all of whom were born in Imperial County. William Lawrence, born July 11, 1900; Edward Everett, born April 11, 1902; Mary Olive, born September 14, 1903; Sarah Lois, born August 19, 1905; Donald Howard, born March 14, 1908, and James Clifford, May 31, 1912. The family are members of the Methodist Church of Calexico. In 1915 Mr. Carr erected the Majestic Theater at a cost of $26,000, one of the finest theaters in Southern California. He was appointed supervisor for the First District Imperial County by ex Governor Hiram Johnson to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John A. Boyce. At the general election Mr. Carr was elected to the same office for a period of two years, and has since been chosen chairman of the board. He has been a member of the board of trustees of the City of Calexico for the four year term. Mrs. Carr is active in church affairs and is a member of the Ladies' Aid Society and a member of the W. C. T. U. of Imperial County. Mr. Carr is an honorable and upright citizen and does much to benefit the community in which he lives.

From:
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918


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