Aug. 15, 1919 Oakland Alameda County California, USA
CARLETON NOAH GARY, eldest son of N. E. Gary, is a native son of Wheaton, of whom her citizens may justly be proud. His birth occurred April 23, 1868. He early manifested a taste for study, and graduated at the Wheaton High School at the age of fourteen years, being a member of the class of two first graduated from that institution, and the youngest to graduate there, as well as from Wheaton College, where he took his degree of A. B. when only eighteen years old. Entering the Union College of Law at Chicago, he was graduated in 1888, and at once entered on the practice of his profession in that city. Without the aid of preceptors in the form of senior partners, or other aid save such as his precocious intellect afforded, he at once secured a remunerative practice, and in five years has accumulated a handsome property. His practice is general, and keeps him closely occupied.
With his nervous activity, Mr. Gary has assumed many duties outside of those imposed by an onerous profession in the keen atmosphere of a large city’s competition, and has been for three years a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church, making numerous addresses in that capacity. He has been active in the promotion and management of the Epworth League, the young people’s society of the Methodist Church, in which he holds numerous official positions, being Secretary of the Rock River Conference League and President of the North Chicago District League.
In the management of large enterprises, Mr. Gary has also shown marked capability. The whole charge of the construction and management of the Epworth Hotel, the headquarters of Methodist people at the Columbian Exposition, was placed in his hands, and very successfully executed. This was about the only temporary hotel for World’s Fair purposes that met with success. Its construction involved the expenditure of $150,000, as well as the raising of that amount, and employed three hundred people, and the success of the venture affords ample proof of the manager’s executive ability.
In 1890, Mr. Gary built his handsome home on Gary Avenue, corner of Franklin Street, in Wheaton, and at once brought his bride there to reside. Their wedding took place on the 25th of June, in that year. Mrs. Gary, whose maiden name was Louise Stove, is the youngest daughter of Rev. Seymour Stover, a pioneer Methodist preacher of northern Illinois, whose biography will be found elsewhere in this work. She is the faithful coadjutor of her husband in his worthy work, and their home is the seat of refinement and quiet, graceful hospitality. Two children have come to bless this home, viz.: a son, born on his father’s birthday in 1892, named Arthur Carleton, and a daughter, born December 8, 1893, named Dorothy Louise.
Portrait and Biographical Records of Cook and Dupage Counties, Illinois containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county together with biographies and portraits of all presidents of the United States, 1894.