Biography of the Carr Brothers
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CARR BROTHERS.
S. P. and C. M. Carr, whose business interests have always been identified and who are numbered among the leading farmers of Liberty township, have a well improved property of one hundred and fifty acres on section 33, whereon they are conducting general agricultural pursuits and stock raising. Both were born upon this farm; the former on the loth of March, 1854, and the latter on the 31st of December, 1855. Their parents were Clabourn M. and Martha Ellen (Plasket) Carr, both natives of Clark county, Indiana. The father was born April 17, 1828. He was a son of Thomas J. Carr, who was born in Pennsylvania, and became one of the pioneer settlers of Indiana. With the history of Clark county his name became inseparably associated, for he was long an active and distinguished figure in the public life of the community, holding the office of county sheriff for four terms, and representing his district in the state legislature for two terms. He also won the title of colonel, by service in the state militia. He was the brother of General John Carr, who was a member of congress, representing the third district of Indiana. It was in Indiana that his son, Clabourn M. Carr was reared and, having arrived at years of maturity, wedded Martha E. Plasket, whose birth occurred March 9, 1831. She was but seven years of age when brought to Iowa, in 1838, by her father, Samuel Plasket, who cast in his lot with the settlers of the frontier and here spent his remaining days. The family bore all of the hardships and privations of pioneer life, and contributed in substantial measure to the early development and improvement of the region in which they made their home. About 185o, Clabourn M. Carr came to Jefferson county, and married the following year. He always devoted his energies to farming, but was called to his final rest when but a young man; passing away March 17, 1857, at the age of twenty nine years. His political allegiance was given to the democratic party, and, always keeping well informed on the questions and issues of the day, he took an active part in debating political themes. He was mentioned as a candidate for the general assembly, but death early terminated his career. His wife long survived him, passing away December 21, 1886. In their family were three children, of whom Thomas J., the eldest, died, leaving a widow and one child, Mont O., of Los Angeles, California.

The other sons, S. P. and C. M. Carr, have always resided upon the farm which is now their home. They attended the public schools and the Birmingham (Iowa) Academy; they were also early trained to the work of the fields, so that liberal experience qualified them to manage the farm when it came into their possession. This farm is an excellent tract of one hundred and fifty acres of valuable land, situated on section 33, Liberty township. It is devoted to the raising of diversified crops and, also, to stock raising. In the latter connection, the brothers make a specialty of breeding Duroc Jersey hogs, and have become well known throughout the entire country, having made exhibitions and received premiums at many of the state fairs. Their hogs have been shipped from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from Canada to, and including Mexico. They have been sent to many states of the Union for breeding purposes. Upon the home farm, the Carr brothers keep about twelve sows, and raise more than one hundred head of hogs, annually. In every respect their farm is well kept and highly improved. It includes a six acre apple orchard which is the largest in Liberty township.

The Carr brothers give their political support to the republican party; C. M. Carr having served for several terms as township trustee. Both brothers take an active interest in politics and the success of their party. Religiously, they are active and official members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Bethel. As citizens and neighbors. they are regarded as most reliable and enterprising farmers. Straightforward in all their dealings, their activity in business and their honorable dealings in all the affairs of life have brought to them substantial success.

From:
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement Vol II
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1914


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