Carl Owen, superintendent of the Barnes mine, is descended from an ancestry honorable and distinguished, who
trace their lineage back for two hundred years, in Kentucky and Virginia. His father, James L. Owen, came from
Crittenden county, Kentucky, to Jasper county, Missouri, where he is still engaged in mining operations. The mother
of our subject, who. bore the maiden name of Nannie Bennett, was a native also of Crittenden county, Kentucky.
Carl Owen, whose name introduces this review, came with his parents to Joplin, Jasper county, Missouri, in 1876.
After completing his education he began work in the mines, in 1885, when sixteen years of age, and has since followed
the occupation of a mine operator, working principally on his own account. His brother William is also engaged
in the same vocation, and is now serving as ground foreman at the Barnes mine.
He was united in marriage with Miss Josie Walters, a native of Newton county, Missouri, and a daughter of John
Walters, who follows farming four miles south of Racine, Missouri. He is an active worker in the ranks of the Republican
party, and is a prominent and well known citizen of his locality. Mr. and Mrs. Owen have two children, Mabel and
John. Mr. Owen is a firm believer in the principles of socialism, and on its ticket was a candidate for the office
of city collector of Joplin in 1901. In his social relations he is a member of the Modern Woodmen and the Ancient
Order of United Workmen.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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