WILLIAM THOMAS CARR. It has been truly said that prosperity of a community depends upon the individual enterprise and uprightness of its citizens. In proportion as each person achieves success, will the county and State show a favorable advancement along the lines of material and commercial progress. The lucrative standing of Muskegon County and its prominence among other counties of the State may be attributed largely to the energy and progressive spirit displayed by its residents. As one of its successful young businessmen and agriculturists, we present the name of William Thomas Carr, who owns and occupies a finely improved farm on section 20, Moorland Township. Born in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, October 30, 1856, the subject of this notice is the son of William and Elizabeth (Plum) Carr, natives of Saratoga County, New York. His father at an early age removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and, being well educated, engaged in teaching school. Later he went to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and helped to survey and plat the town, and having secured a tract of fine land in Sheboygan County engaged in farming. In 1867 he removed to Muskegon County, Michigan, remaining there until his death, September 4, 1890. He was a man of noble character, and was held in the highest esteem by his fellow men. He left the rich legacy of an upright life, that will ever be cherished by his family, who are left on the shores of time to mourn their loss. His work done, he has gone to his reward, and, like a ripe sheaf of the harvest, he is gathered into the garner of God. He was prominent in the Masonic order. Politically a strong Republican, he was elected to nearly every township office. Of five children, three of whom are now living, the subject of this brief biographical notice is the youngest. He received a common-school education and availed himself to the utmost of every opportunity offered him. At the age of twenty- one he commenced life for himself, and embarked in the occupation of a farmer, to which he had been reared. Locating in Moorland Township, lie commenced the cultivation of the farm on section 20 where he has since resided. His agricultural operations have been very’ successful, and he is numbered among the progressive and efficient agriculturists of the county. His farm embraces about one hundred and sixty acres, upon which a set of first-class rural buildings has been placed. While the duties connected with farming occupy much of Mr. Carr's attention, he nevertheless finds sufficient time to devote to public affairs and maintains a warm interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community. In his political affiliations, he adopts the principles of the Republican Party, and supports its candidates with his ballot and influence. Socially, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and takes a hearty interest in the progress of that organization. One of the leading citizens of this part of the county, he justly occupies a high place in the regard of all who know him.
Pages 261 – 262 Portrait & Biographical Record of Musekgon & Ottawa Counties, Michigan
1893, Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company
Submitted by Pam Thompson Davis and Bill Moore