El Dorado County
WILLIAM HENRY CARPENTER
William H. Carpenter, who is the owner of a general store and fills the office of postmaster at Rescue, El Dorado County, has long been regarded as one of the leading and influential men of his community. He was born at Adrian, Michigan, on the 19th of January, 1852, a son of George William and Mary (Harkness) Carpenter, who came to this state in 1866 and 1892, respectively. Both are now deceased.
William H. Carpenter received his educational training in public and private schools in New York State, where he lived to the age of eighteen years, when, in 1870, he came to California, arriving at Latrobe on the 8th of June. He had learned the machinist trade, and, going to the mines, he was employed in various lines of work for about twenty years. On June 23, 1896, he came to Rescue, where he has since resided. During his mining days he was in all parts of El Dorado County and his experiences in those days were full of both romance and hardships. His step-father was the owner of the present store in Rescue and his wife went east, in 1898, leaving the store to her son William H., who also took over the post office. He has conducted both store and office continuously since and is today the oldest postmaster, in point of years of continuous service, in the state of California. He carries a large and well selected stock of merchandise, such as is demanded by the local trade, and, through his courtesy and square dealing, has not only gained a good patronage, but has retained the confidence of those who have dealt with him. Mr. Carpenter was united in marriage to Miss Mary Turnboo, a native of Solano County, this state, and they are the parents of seven children, George H., Minnie E., Merritt W., Maurice, Hazel, Robert and Helen. Mr. Carpenter takes a keen interest in public affairs, but in voting follows his judgment as to men and measures, regardless of party lines. He is a member of the First, Third and Fourth Class Postmasters Association and attends all of its conventions, where he is always honored as the dean of postmasters in this state.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.