Biography of R. H. Carr
Washington County, IA Biographies





R. H. Carr, successfully conducting a livery stable in Wellman, is one of Iowa's native sons, his birth having occurred in Lime Creek township on the 17th of February, 1868. His father, I. N. Carr, a native of New York, is a veteran of the Civil war and is now living retired after many years of active connection with the business interests of Iowa. At the early age of fourteen years he was thrown upon his own resources for a livelihood, but through unfaltering energy and indefatigable preseverance he worked his way upward in the business world to a place of distinction among the representative citizens of Washington county. He first became connected with a nail factory, where he was employed for two years, and then, at the age of sixteen, he came to Iowa where he secured employment as a farm hand, continuing thus until twenty years of age. He then purchased a farm in Lime Creek township, where he continued to reside until 1898, in which year he retired from active business life and removed to Wellman, where he now resides. He owns two hundred and eighty three acres of land in Lime Creek township and also five residences in the village of Wellman, while he is well known in financial circles of this city as a director of the Wellman Savings Bank, and a stockholder in the Bank of Keota, Iowa. In 1865 he married Miss Margaret Taylor, a native of Iowa and a daughter of Henry and Eleanor (Squires) Taylor, and in their family were eleven children, namely: David A., a resident of Manitoba, Canada; R. H., of this review; Nora I., the wife of Rev. W. A. Sehwimley, 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. De Yoe, the pastor of a church in Chicago, Illinois; 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 wedded W. Palmer, a resident of Oklahoma; Victor C., employed in the Wellman Savings Bank; and Leslie L., now attending the State University at Iowa City. Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Carr both survive and are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are highly respected throughout the community.

R. H. Carr, whose name introduces this review, was reared upon his father's farm and attended the district schools of the neighborhood in the acquirement of his education. After laying aside his text books he entered the broader school of experience where he learned practical lessons concerning the value of diligence, preservance and industry. In 1894 he purchased eighty acres of farm land on section 27, Lime Creek township, which he operated continuously until 1907 in connection with his father's farm, which he cultivated from 1899 until 1907. In the latter year he came to Wellman, where he purchased the stock and livery business of G. I. King, to the conduct of which he is now directing his time and energies. He has already attained a gratifying measure of success, while he is constantly seeking to enlarge the scope of his business. His equipment of horses and vehicles is both extensive and of a high order and his number of satisfied patrons is constantly increasing. He also owns considerable farming property, being the owner of one hundred and forty acres of land in Stevens county, Kansas, together with his original farm of eighty acres in Lime Creek township.

On the 4th of February, 1893, Mr. Carr was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Cora England, who was born on the 25th of January, 1873, and is a daughter of Joel and Katherine England. Her father passed away in 1908. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Carr has been blessed with two children: Lillian Hazel, born November 5, 1897; and Joel Arden, born March 6, 902. In his fraternal relations Mr. Carr is a member of Dayton Lodge, No. 128, A. F. & A. M.; Cyrus Chapter, R. A. M., of Washington; and Bethlehem Cornmandery, K. T., of Washington, while he and his wife both hold membership in the Eastern Star. Politically he is independent, preferring to give his support at the polls to the men and measures which in his opinion are best adapted to conserve the general welfare and promote prosperity. He is interested in all matters of general moment, readily lending his influence to all measures which have for their object the upbuilding and progress of the community. A man of sterling integrity and high moral worth, his salient characteristics are such as have gained for him the respect, confidence and good will of all with whom he has been associated.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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