Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JOSEPH C. CARPENTER, residing
at Wenatchee, Chelan county, is a native of Canyon City, Oregon, and was
born August 31, 1877. His parents are Samuel and Jennie (Bunch)
Carpenter, the father having been born in Iowa, the mother in the Willamette
Valley, Oregon. Samuel Carpenter was one of the Argonauts of '49,
crossing the plains to California, where he remained until the early 'sixties,
coming to Canyon City during the mining excitement. He is now engaged
in the saloon business at Granite, Grant county, Oregon. His father
was a native of Kentucky, and one of the earliest Iowa pioneers.
Joseph C. Carpenter was reared in Prairie
City, Oregon, being taken there by his parents when one year old.
He attended public schools until ten years of age; then came to Wenatchee,
where he lived with his aunt, Mrs. M. J. Gray, a pioneer settler of
Wenatchee. In 1898 he removed to Spokane and pursued a business course
of studies in the Northwestern Business College, after which he was employed
in a grocery store three years. For a short time following this period
he was engaged in the meat business at Adams, Oregon, and thence he came
to Wenatchee, where he entered the employment of Mayer & Kennedy, house
and sign painters and paper hangers. In November, 1902, he bought
out this firm, and is at present conducting an extensive and lucrative
business. He has a commodious store twenty by fifty-two feet, with
mixing room in the rear and carries a large stock of paints and oils and
wall paper. Mr. Carpenter is unmarried. He has one brother,
William B., proprietor of a restaurant in Seattle, Washington.
The fraternal affiliations of our subject
are with the I. 0. 0. F., No. 157, Wenatchee; with the F. 0. E., and with
the W. W., Spokane Camp No. 99, Spokane, Washington. He is also a
member of the Wenatchee Commercial Club. Politically he is a Republican.