C. H. Carson, superintendent of the Marengo schools, was born at Woodburn, Macoupin county, Illinois, on the
9th of April, 1860, a son of William T. and Abbie (Colcord) Carson, the former born near Nashville, Tennessee,
and the latter in Wilton, Maine. On the maternal side our subject is a direct descendant of John Alden, Priscilla
Mullens and Miles Standish. He is also a descendant of Lieutenant Lemuel Perham, of the Revolutionary war, on the
maternal side and is a members of the society of the Sons of the American Revolution. His father was a well known
merchant of Woodburn, Illinois, and served as postmaster under five presidents, Buchanan, Lincoln, Johnson, Cleveland
The early education of C. H. Carson was received in the village school of his native town but in 1876 he entered
the Bunker Hill (Ill.) Academy and there prepared for college. In 1879 he entered Oberlin College of Oberlin. Ohio,
where he remained for a year, when he was compelled to leave school in order to earn money with which to continue
his education. He taught a country school during the scholastic year of 1880-81 but in the fall of 1881 returned
to Oberlin College and remained until 1884, when he was graduated from the classical course with the degree of
A. B. Three years later his alma mater conferred upon him the Master's degree.
In the fall following his graduation from college Mr. Carson came to Iowa as superintendent of the public schools
of Anita. He held that position for five years but in the fall of 1889 began his work as superintendent of the
schools of Winterset. He remained there for two years and in 1891 was elected superintendent of the Marengo public
schools. He has been at the head of the school system of this city ever since, or for twenty five years, a tenure
of office exceeded in length by only one other city superintendent in the state. He understands thoroughly the
needs and conditions of the community and as he has completely identified his interests with those of Marengo he
succeeds admirably in adapting the public school system to the life of the city and under his administration the
schools are preparing students for the responsibilities and opportunities that lie ahead of them.
Mr. Carson was married on the 13th of June, 1889, to Miss Carrie McKinley, of Anita, Iowa, and they began housekeeping
at Winterset. They are the parents of a son, Clarence McKinley Carson, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree
from Grinnell College in 1913 and is now an industrial chemist, living in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. Carson has always taken a keen interest in religious work and is a member and officer of the First Presbyterian
church. Since the establishment of the board of trustees of the free public library in June, 1903, Mr. Carson has
been secretary thereof and has done much to make the library a real factor in the community life. For a number
of years he has also managed the Marengo lecture and entertainment courses and has for two summers had charge of
the Chautauqua in Marengo. In those connections he has perhaps had more to do than any other one man in providing
wholesome entertainment for Marengo and its vicinity, a service that is far from being insignificant. His activities
include work in behalf of the commercial and business growth of the city as a member of the Commercial Club. In
many different directions his energy and public spirit have benefited this city, and he is indeed one of its most
highly respected citizens.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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