SOURCE: BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF CLARK AND JACKSON COUNTIES, WI - 1891
DAVID CARPENTER, deceased, late of section 28, Withee Township, Clark County, was born near Buffalo, New York, November 18, 1827, the son of Joseph Carpenter, also deceased, a native of the same place. The father was a soldier in the war of 1812. David was reared to farm life, and received his education in the common schools of his native State. At the age of eighteen years he came to Chemung Township, McHenry County, Illinois. In July, 1857, he removed to Black River Falls, where he worked in the saw-mills and also on the river until he came to this county, in June, 1871. He took a homestead of 120 acres, and in June of the following year brought his family to this place, where they still reside. He worked in the lumber camps during the winters, and was engaged in clearing his land and farming in the summers. Mr. Carpenter has held the office of Assessor two years, Justice of the Peace two terms, and was a member of the School Board several years. He was also a member of the A. O. U. W.
He was married in McHenry County, Illinois, June 20, 1851, to Miss Rhoda P. Stiles, was born in Franklin County, Vermont, January 21, 1836, the daughter of Samuel Stiles, deceased. They had seven children, five of whom are now living, namely: Elsie, now Mrs. Marshall; Cynthia, who married Mr. Poppe; Harriet, Edgar and Howard. The last three are now living with their mother on the old homestead. The father died November 16, 1882, and was buried in Black River Falls. His son Edgar is an enterprising young man, and bids fair for future prosperity. He was born in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, May 8, 1871, and was brought to this county when an infant, where he received but limited educational advantages. He now works in the pineries during the winters, and works on the homestead in the summers.
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