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Guy Clement Carpenter
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1850
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Death: May 9, 1928
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

GUY CLEMENT CARPENTER. When we trace the careers of those whom the world acknowledges as successful and of those who stand highest in public esteem, we find that in almost every case they are those who have risen gradually by their own efforts, their diligence and perseverance. These qualities are possessed in large measure by Guy C. Carpenter, who has won for himself a name and place in the business world. He is a native of St. Lawrence County, New York, born on the 23rd of October, 1850, his parents being Robert B. and Arvilla (Banister) Carpenter, in whose family were eight children, five sons and three daughters. Six of the number are now living, namely: Martha, who received her education in Potsdam Academy of New York and who was a fine mathematician and prominent teacher in both New York and Michigan, became the wife of Henry E. Shaw, a civil engineer and claim agent at Spokane Falls, Washington; Mary E., who was also a college graduate and teacher, is the wife of Nelson Abernathy, an agriculturist of Madrid, New York; Mr. Carpenter of this review is the next in order of birth; William R., is engaged in railroading and the manufacture of lumber in Seattle, Washington; David R, who received his education in the state normal school at Potsdam, New York, and was afterward a teacher, is now an attorney at law in Cleveland, Ohio; and Clement J., the youngest, is a railroad auditor, also general freight and passenger agent and a resident of Texas.
Mr. Carpenter, the father, was born in Swanzey, New Hampshire, January 11, 1820, and traces his lineage to England, the first of the name to come to this country being Rev. Ezra Carpenter, and several of his descendants have distinguished themselves in the halls of congress and the senate, while others were heroes in the Revolutionary war, and Robert Carpenter now has a souvenir of a canteen which was captured in some of its memorable battles. He is a relative of Charles Sumner, the friend of the Negro race. His retentive memory is replete with many historical reminiscences, and he is a well educated man. In an early day he was sent to adjust a claim in Chicago, the journey thereto being made on the first train which ran on the Lake Shore Railroad, and Chicago at that time was but a small village. His life has principally been spent in the state of New York, and he has been identified with the Republican Party since its organization, previously giving his support to the Whigs. He has been successful in his business affairs and accumulated six hundred acres of land in St. Lawrence County. Mrs. Carpenter, who was a native of Burlington, Vermont, born on the 14th of November, 1827, died in June, 1895. She was also of English extraction, and some of the early representatives of the Banister family were soldiers in the Revolutionary war. Both Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter have lived lives of the truest Christian character, and he is a strong advocate of the Temperance cause.
Guy C. Carpenter, whose name introduces this review, was reared on a dairy farm in the county of his nativity, receiving his education in the common schools near his home and in the Potsdam Academy, which has since been merged into the state normal. Remaining at home until the age of twenty years, he then took up telegraphy and railroad work, as an employee of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Company for twenty-five years, following his vocation in every state, through which the road passed, and this alone speaks volumes for his trustworthiness and business ability. In 1893, he began traveling in the interest of the Birdsell Wagon Company of South Bend, continuing his connection with that well known firm for twelve years, his territory covering most of the Mississippi valley, also New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolina. His record in that capacity was most commendable, and he has perhaps traveled as many miles as any salesman of the present time.
On the 29th of August, 1875, Mr. Carpenter claimed as his bride, Miss Arvilla Egbert, a representative of one of the most honored pioneer families of St. Joseph county, and one child has been born to bless this union, Grace, the wife of Charles Holloway, who is a commercial traveler and a resident of Florida. They have two children, Helene Arvilla, born in Omaha, Nebraska, and Charles Carpenter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Holloway received an excellent educational training, graduating in the new Carlisle high school and was also a student in the Drake University at Des Moines, Iowa, and she is an elocutionist of more than passing importance. Mrs. Carpenter, the mother, was born in St. Joseph County, Indiana, July 9, 1851, a daughter of James and Delilah (Druliner) Egbert, of whom extended: mention is made in another portion of this volume. She received her education in the New Carlisle Collegiate Institute, and has also taken musical instruction. In 1900, Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter purchased their beautiful brick residence and property just east of the limits of New Carlisle and which is known as the Oak Hill Stock Farm. The estate comprises one hundred and ten acres of excellent land in Olive Township, and their residence, stands on an eminence commanding a fine view of the surrounding country, and this hill was the identical spot where the first building site of New Carlisle was established. Mr. Carpenter cast his first presidential vote for General Grant, and has ever since supported the principles of the Republican Party. The family is held in the highest esteem by all who have the pleasure of their acquaintance, and it is with pleasure that we present this review of their lives in this history of St. Joseph County.
(From the History of St. Joseph County, Indiana 1907) 
Family links: 
  Robert Byron Carpenter (1820 - 1907)
  Arvilla Banister Carpenter (1827 - 1895)
  Arvilla Ardene Egbert Carpenter (1851 - 1927)
  Grace Maude Carpenter Holloway (1876 - 1944)*
  Sarah L. Carpenter McKnight (____ - 1889)*
  Mary L. Carpenter Abernethy (1848 - 1912)*
  Guy Clement Carpenter (1850 - 1928)
  James A Carpenter (1856 - 1860)*
  David B Carpenter (1859 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Shares a marker with his wife, Arvilla Egbert and her Family
Hamilton Church Cemetery
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: David Peterson
Originally Created by: Carol & Mel Hochstetler
Record added: Nov 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31205529
Guy Clement Carpenter
Added by: Carol & Mel Hochstetler
Guy Clement Carpenter
Added by: Carol & Mel Hochstetler
Guy Clement Carpenter
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