MARCUS C. CARTER.
Deeds are thoughts crystallized, and according to their brilliancy do we judge the worth of a man to the country
which produced him, and in his works we expect to find the true index to his character. Marcus C. Carter, chairman
of the board of supervisors of Kings county, has had a record of accomplishment and activity that at once indicates
his industry, enterprise and progressive spirit, and today no man in Kings county enjoys to a more marked degree
the confidence and respect of the people. He was born in Jo Daviess county, Illinois, on the 12th day of August,
1856. In 1877 he came to that part of Tulare county which is now Kings, settling on the west side. He was first
employed in ranch work, one of his early employers having been Walter Crow, who was one of the unfortunate victims
of the famous Mussel Slough tragedy. In 1878 Mr. Carter started to farm on his own account, combining farming and
stock raising, and through the subsequent years he has prospered and has been numbered among the successful ranchers
of Kings county. He is the owner of two forty acre ranches. The one north of Lemoore he developed himself and it
is mainly devoted to peaches, alfalfa and dairying. The one south of Lemoore is in apricots, grapes and alfalfa.
Mr. Carter always took an active part in the development of the district along all legitimate lines and was especially
interested in irrigation projects. He assisted in the development of a number of ditches and was president of the
York ditch. He is now serving his second term as supervisor of the county. There are in his district one thousand
miles of public highway, all of which he is caring for in the best possible manner. He constructed thirty five
miles of highway through the district which connects with the Chalam highway to the sea and is as fine a piece
of highway as there is in Kings county. This road, forming a part of the highway from the valley to the ocean,
is a valuable factor in the development of Kings county and Mr. Carter has been universally commended for his persistent
efforts to put this county in the forefront among the up to date and progressive counties of the state. Mr. Carter
has ever taken a keen interest in educational matters and rendered efficient service as a trustee of the Paddock
school district, while for four years he was a member of the board of trustees of the city of Lemoore.
Mr. Carter is a member of Lemoore Lodge, F. & A. M., and to him has been given the unusual honor of having
been six times elected worshipful master of his lodge.
On February 14, 1880, Mr. Carter was married to Mary Louisa Blevins, and to them four children were born: George
Perkins, deceased; Homer D.; Ruby Maud, deceased, and Gertie A., wife of Benjamin Davis of Fresno. The mother died
April 10, 1910. Mr. Carter was married on August 12, 1914, to Miss Ireda Epperson, a native of Mendocino, California.
Mr. Carter is one of Kings county's most highly esteemed pioneer citizens and here he has played most excellently
his part in the drama of civilization. There is in him a weight of character and a fidelity of purpose that has
commanded the respect of all who know him and he is eminently deserving of specific mention in the history of his
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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