Frank Haven, who is a member of the firm of Haven Brothers, proprietors of livery, feed, sale and boarding stables,
of Carthage, Missouri, is one of the successful business citizens of this place. His birth occurred in Saline county,
Kansas, in December, 1866, and he was a son of Charles and Lucetta (Thacker) Haven, the former of whom was born
in Ludlow, Vermont, and the latter at Jacksonville, Illinois. She was a daughter of Jesse Thacker, who was one
of the pioneers in Jasper county, Missouri, settling here in 1841, and here both parents spent their last days.
For a number of years Charles Haven was a merchant in Vermont and remained there until 1854, when he took his family
to Saline county, Kansas, removing thence to Jasper county, Missouri, in 1868. Here he settled on a farm located
one and one half miles north of Carthage, where the family lived until 1875, when they went to Kansas City, Missouri,
thence to Belton, Cass county, where Mr. Haven was postmaster for a number of years.
Frank Haven attended school in Carthage and later in Belton, but at the age of twelve years began to shape his
own business career. He engaged in various lines of labor prior to his twenty fifth year, but in 1890 he opened
a grocery business at Carthage and two years later sold this to establish his livery business, which has engaged
his attention since that time. In 1897 the business had grown to such proportions that he found it necessary to
erect larger quarters and built the commodious brick barn, fifty by one hundred feet, capable of affording accommodations
for forty horses. Mr. Haven has fitted up his establishment in modern style and all of the equipments are of first
The marriage of Mr. Haven occurred in 1890, the lady of his choice being Miss P. L. Wade, who was born in Michigan,
and is a daughter of M. C. and Mary Wade. Four children have been born to them, namely: Ina, Edna, Franklin, Jr.,
In all public affairs in Carthage, Mr. Haven has taken a leading position. He is the efficient secretary of the
Market Fair Association, and it is acknowledged that he has probably done more than any other man in this part
of the state to improve the grade of trotting horses. For many years he has been a breeder of standard trotters
and pacers, one of these being the celebrated "Jennie Haven," which animal has a record of 2.21 in the
race for speed. During the winter of 1900-01 he bought and shipped three hundred horses, shipping principally to
Louisiana points. Although Mr. Haven began his business life with small means, by his energy, ability, good judgment
and industry he leas accumulated much property. Two of the finest farms in Jasper county belong to him, these being
located about four miles west of this city. He is one of the enterprising and progressive men who build up business
and make a section prosperous.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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