I. N. Carr, a well known citizen of Washington county, is numbered among the veterans of the Civil war and in
his local relations is connected with, agricultural and banking interests. He was born in the state of New York
on the 28th of May, 1836, a son of Isaac and Harriet M. (Pinkerton) Carr, both of whom were also natives of the
Empire state, the father born in 1809 and the mother in 1812. In the year 1843 they removed westward to Iowa but
after two years spent in this state returned to Ohio, where the mother died in 1851. Following her death the father
started westward and was never heard from again. Their family numbered four children, namely: Samuel B. is deceased;
Delos is a resident of Mexico; Amanda, who died May 28, 1909, was the wife of E. Bradford, who is serving as postmaster
of Wellman; and I. N., of this review, completes the family.
I. N. Carr, whose name introduces this record, pursued his education in the common schools and at the age of fourteen
years started out in life on his own account, since which time he has been dependent entirely upon his own resources.
Whatever success he has achieved and enjoyed, and he is now one of the prosperous retired farmers of Lime Creek
township, is attributable entirely to his own labors. He was first employed in a nail factory, where he worked
for two years and at the age of sixteen he came to Iowa, where he was employed on a farm until he was twenty years
of age. He then purchased a farm in Lime Creek township and made it his home continuously until 1898, when he retired
from active business cares and removed to Wellman, where he has since resided.
The only interruption to Mr. Carr's active business career came when he offered his services to the government
at the time of the Civil war. In the year which witnessed the opening of hostilities between the north and the
south he enlisted in defense of the Union, becoming a member of Company F, Eleventh Iowa Regiment of Volunteer
Infantry. He served throughout the war, participating in many hotly contested engagements, taking part in the long
hard marches and in all of the military movements which constituted the campaigns in which his regiment was engaged.
At the close of the war he was honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa, and returned to Washington county, where
he resumed farming, continuing in active connection with the work of the fields for more than three decades thereafter.
During that time he brought his land under a high state of cultivation, annually harvesting rich crops of the grains
best adapted to the soil and climate. While he is not engaged in business at the present time but is enjoying a
well earned rest, he derives substantial income from valuable investments, for he is now the owner of two hundred
and eighty three acres of land in Lime Creek township and also five residences in the village of Wellman. He is
likewise one of the directors of the Wellman Savings Bank and is a stockholder in the Bank of Keota, Iowa.
It was soon after his return from the war that Mr. Carr was married on the 21st of September, 1865, to Miss Margaret
Taylor, who was born in Lime Creek township, this county, April 18, 1847, a daughter of Harry and Eleanor (Squires)
Taylor, who were natives of Tioga county, New York. Her father was born September 10, 1804, while her mother's
birth occurred in 1809. They came to Washington county, Iowa, in 1847, Mr. Taylor here entering land from the government.
He transformed the wild tract into well improved fields and both he and his wife continued to make their home upon
the farm until they were called to their final rest, Mrs. Taylor passing away December 15, 186s, while he died
May 1, 1881. In their family were eleven children, of whom five are yet living. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Carr were also
born eleven children: David A., a resident of Manitoba, Canada; Roy H., a liveryman of Wellman; Nora Iowa, the
wife of Rev. W. A. Schwimley, pastor of a church at Sibley, Iowa; Sylvia E., the wife of Dr. J. E. Green, of Grand
Junction, Colorado; Ezra D., deceased; Harriet E., the wife of Rev. W. Deyo, the pastor of a church in Chicago;
Mary Isabelle, the wife of Ralph B. Hull, of Washington county; Maud B., the wife of Otto Klockenteger, a blacksmith
of Wellman, Iowa; Nellie G., who is the wife of W. Palmer and resides in Oklahoma; Victor C., who is employed in
the Wellman Savings Bank; and Leslie L., now attending the State University at Iowa City. There are also nine grandchildren.
In his political views Mr. Carr has ever been a stalwart republican and for twenty years has been a member of the
school board, doing all in his power to uphold the standard of education. Both he and his wife are members of the
Methodist Episcopal church, in which he is serving as one of the trustees. They take an active interest in the
church work and contribute generously to its support. Their lives have always been in harmony with its teachings
and they are people of the highest respectability, honored and esteemed by all who know them. From pioneer times
both have been residents of the county and have witnessed much of its growth and development, while in many works
of public improvement they have actively cooperated. Mr. Carr well merits the rest which has now come to him as
the reward df his persistent and honorable labor in former years.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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