Oliver B. Carr. To be a successful agriculturist, it is necessary to possess a strong physique, great endurance, a clear head and wise judgment. These qualities, combined with patient perseverance, will almost invariably bring to their possessor a large prosperity. Of Mr. Carr it may be said that these traits are all his, and to them he is indebted for the success already won in the realm of agriculture. He has had many difficulties to encounter, but with true American determination and “grit,” he has bravely surmounted each obstacle presenting itself.
One of the most beautiful spots in all Muskegon County is located in Eggleston Township and is the homestead of Mr. Carr. In the midst of a lovely grove of tall pine trees stand the cozy and commodious residence, seeming in the summer to sleep in the shadow of the foliage, while in the winter the tall pines trees stands like sentinels guarding the cottage and its inmates. A short distance from the residence is Wolf Lake, a delightful body of water, whose beauty is scarcely surpassed by any of the small lakes in Northern Michigan. Its crystal depths abound with bass, perch and other varieties of the finny tribe.
For detailed information regarding the parentage and ancestry of our subject, the reader is referred to the sketch of William Carr, which is presented on another page of this volume. Oliver B. Carr was born in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, November 24, 1853, and is the son of William and Elizabeth (Plum) Carr, natives of Saratoga County, New York. He spent his youth and early manhood at home until his father’s death in 1890. Since that time he has conducted farming operations for himself on the old homestead, which embraces one hundred and sixty acres of well-improved land, embellished with a large barn and other substantial structures.
September 18, 1891, Mr. Carr was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary (Hoffman) Clark, daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Hoffman, natives of Germany. One child has blessed the union, Frederick, who was born September 2, 1892. Socially, Mr. Carr is a member of the Masonic order, Lodge Number 140, at Muskegon, of which his father was the oldest member. He has filled a number of prominent positions within the gift of his fellow-citizens, and served as Township Clerk in 1890 and 1891. He is possessed of many generous qualities, and is always ready and willing to encourage every worthy enterprise. His domestic life is one of happiness, and the hospitality of the little home amid the pines in well known.