Biography of Harry R. McCarver
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Harry Ralston McCarver, who was long well known in railway circles, passed away in Portland, December 14, 1918. He was one of the native sons of Oregon, his birth having occurred on the 29th of March, 1868, in Oregon City, his parents being Thomas Jennings and Mary (Goodlive) McCarver, the former a native of Virginia, while the latter was born in Ohio. They came to Oregon to establish their home in 1855, the father having previously made a trip to this state.

Harry McCarver spent his early life in Oregon City and acquired his preliminary education there, while later he studied at Portland and also at St. Joseph, Missouri. When his education was completed he returned to the northwest and for a time was engaged in the grocery business in Portland. Later, however, he turned his attention to railroad work and was connected with the transcontinental freight department. For ten years he was in the employ of the Northern Pacific Railroad and afterward became inspector for the transcontinental freight bureau, in which position he continued to the time of his death.

In 1892 Mr. McCarver was united in marriage to Miss Nora Marrs, a daughter of James and Mary (Howell) Marrs, who were natives of Arkansas and pioneers of Oregon. Her father made two trips to this state before taking up his permanent abode here. He settled near Oregon City and followed farming throughout his entire life. To Mr. and Mrs. McCarver was born a daughter, Leila Virginia, who is living with her mother and is employed in the office of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railroad Company.

In his political views Mr. McCarver was a democrat, giving unfaltering allegiance to the party yet never seeking nor desiring office. His religious faith was that of the Episcopal church and his entire life was guided by its teachings, making him a man of high honor, worthy of all respect.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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