OTTO WILLIAM CARPENTER, president of the Lakewood Savings & Loan Company, and general agent of the Union
Central Life Insurance Company for the City of Cleveland, was born in Mansfield, Richiand County, Ohio, and is
a descendant of two of the pioneer families to settle in that part of the state. He is the son of the late William
B. and Emeline (Grove) Carpenter, who became useful and prominent citizens in that county. The father was born
in that part of the state, while the mother was a native of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, but was reared from
childhood in Richiand County. William B. was the son of Daniel Carpenter, who was born at Barre, Vermont, in 1796.
Daniel, though quite young at the time, served in the United States Army during the War of 1812. After that war
had ceased he came west to Richiand County in 1818, locating on a farm, where he carried on agriculture, as well
as general merchandising until 1847, when he migrated to Iowa and Colorado, where he died in 1885, at the age of
eighty eight years. Daniel Carpenter, was the offspring of George, and George, the offspring of William, who served
the Colonies in the Revolution and distinguished himself for his opposition to the oppressive tactics of the English
monarch. After his arrival in Richiand County in 1818 Daniel became prominent in all reputable acts of sound citizenship,
and as soon as the pioneers became sufficiently numerous he assisted in organizing the local State Militia and
was elected colonel of the Richiand County forces. He usually occupied some official position therein as long as
he lived or until general interest in the militia faded and finally passed away.
William B. Carpenter followed the occupation of tanning at Mansfield, Ohio, for over fifty years, and became one
of the most active and reliable business men of that city. He took a leading and prominent part in all worthy industrial
and municipal affairs, and was always on the side of law and order. He died in that city on June 5, 1913, at the
advanced age of eighty six years.
His wife, Emeline, was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Boyer) Grove, which name was formerly or originally
Groff, no doubt. The Groves came to Ohio in 1826 and located on a tract of land in Richland County, where they
were prosperous and prominent for many years. Emeline passed away on December 22, 1902, at the age of seventy four
Otto W. Carpenter was born November 12, 1870, and was reared to manhood at Mansfield. In youth he was given a good
education in the public schools and was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with the degree of Bachelor of
Arts, in the class of 1894. Soon after his graduation he began the study of law in the office of his uncle at Mansfield,
and while thus occupied managed to secure a position as examiner in the Ohio State Department of Insurance at Columbus
and was thus employed from 1896 to 1900. In the latter year he secured the appointment of general agent for the
Union Central Life Insurance Company at Cleveland, and the same year removed to Lakewood, which has since been
his residence. In 1908 he was duly admitted to the bar, but did not begin the practice of that profession, instead
giving his entire time and attention to the insurance business, which he still carries on in Cleveland, with offices
in the Society for Savings Building.
At this date Mr. Carpenter is president of the Lakewood Savings & Loan Company of Lakewood, and is also a director
in the Colonial Savings & Loan Company of the same city. He takes an earnest interest in the welfare of the
community where he resides, and has served the people in various capacities with credit to himself and advantage
to his neighbors. He is active in the civic and municipal upbuilding of the city, and admits his obligations as
a citizen to serve the people if required to do so. He has rendered important service on the various boards and
otherwise. He served for four years on the Lakewood Board of Education and for two years on the Sinking Fund Commission.
During the World war, as chairman, he had charge of two campaigns to sell Liberty Bonds in Lakewood, and these
personally conducted campaigns were the first to raise their full quotas in Cuyahoga County. He also assisted in
all other Liberty Bond campaigns and in war activities.
He is a member of both the Lakewood and the Cleveland Chambers of Commerce, is a charter member of Lakewdod Lodge
No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons; a member of the Lakewood Country Club, and of the Official Board of Detroit
Street Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Carpenter chose for his wife Miss Ruby Desiar Sears, who is a native of Bucyrus, Ohio, and is the daughter
of Benjamin and Melissa (Minnick) Sears, both deceased. Her people were early pioneers of Crawford County. Mrs.
Carpenter is a lineal descendant of Elder William Brewster, who was one of the company of pilgrims to cross the
Atlantic in the historic Mayflower landing at Plymouth in 1620. She is a member of the Ohio Society of Descendants
of the Mayflower, also of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of the Society of Founders and Patriots
of America. Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter have the following children: Emeline, who graduated with the degree of Bachelor
of Arts from the Ohio Wesleyan University and the Simmons College (post graduate work) of Boston, Massachusetts.
She is now in the service department of the Illuminating Company of Cleveland. Benjamin Sears graduated with the
degree of Mechanical Engineer from the Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, in 1923. Otto William II graduated
from the Lakewood High School in 1923, and is now a student in the Ohio Wesleyan University.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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