CHARLES H. CARTER
††††††††††† As long as the town of Carter stands it will be a monument to the enterprise and progressive spirit of its founder, Charles H. Carter, who is its pioneer businessman, is still a prominent representative of its commercial interests and is its postmaster, having filled that position since the establishment of the office.† He took up his abode at his present location in 1858, having already been a resident of California for nine years.
††††††††††† Mr. Carter was born in Cayuga County, New York, June 13, 1829, and is of English lineage.† The progenitor of the family in the United States was his great-great-grandfather, Enoch Carter, who came to America in 1760 and was a prominent factor in the early history of the colonies.† He served in the French and Indian War and was discharged, and on his return from the scene of the conflict was taken ill and died.† The great-grandfather, Benjamin Carter, was born in New England and the grandfather, who also bore the name of Benjamin, was a native of the same section of country, but removed to eastern New York, where Mr. Carterís father, the third Benjamin Carter, was born, the place of his nativity being Washington County.† He married Miss Elizabeth Cole, a native of Rhode Island and a daughter of a Revolutionary soldier.† The paternal grandfather of our subject also aided the colonists in their struggle for independence, and his son, Benjamin Carter, Jr., loyally served his country in the War of 1812.† He lived to be more than eighty years of age.† Throughout his active business career he was an industrious and well-to-do farmer, and both he and his wife were of the Presbyterian faith.† She departed life in the sixty-fifth year of her age, and only three of their eight children now survive.
††††††††††† Charles H. Carter of this review is the youngest of the surviving boys, having a younger sister.† He acquired his education in Fulton Academy and in the academy at Waterloo, but put aside his textbooks on learning of the discovery of gold in California.† By the hope of rapidly acquiring wealth he was allured to the Pacific coast, sailing from New York to Panama, and on its western coast taking passage on Pacific waters for San Francisco, where he arrived on the 1st of July, 1849.† He eagerly made his way to the gold diggings, going up the Sacramento to the city of that name and thence to the mining district of the Feather River.† He also engaged in mining on Trinity River until winter came, and the deep snow forced him to abandon his labors.† Accordingly he returned to Sacramento, where he spent the winter months and later he engaged in mining at various places on the Trinity until 1858, when he left that locality with about five thousand dollars that he had accumulated as the savings of his earnest labor.† In 1856 he engaged in the lumber business on the Trinity, having a saw mill, making lumber for fluming, which he carried on for two years.
††††††††††† In that year Mr. Carter came to his present location and opened a mercantile establishment, which formed the nucleus of the present town.† Here he has continued in business since, a period of forty-two years and by close attention, unflagging industry and persistency of purpose he has built up a large and constantly growing trade, the profits therefrom annually augmenting his capital.† He has a very large store building, from garret to basement filled with all kinds of merchandise, including produce and minerís supplies.† His first store was two miles below the town, but he erected his present business block and residence in 1860 and has here a beautiful and commodious home, surrounded by magnificent trees of his own planting, including stately oaks that stand sentinel over his abode, casting a grateful shade over house and lawn.† Mr. Carter also has valuable mining interests and is the owner of fifty acres of the town site, thirty acres of which he has platted, under the name of Carterís Addition.† He is selling residence lots, and that section of the city is being built up with a good class of dwellings.
††††††††††† In May, 1865, occurred the marriage of Mr. Carter and Miss Sarah J. Crossett, a native of east New York and a daughter of Edward T. Crossett, who became one of the pioneer dentists of the state.† Unto Mr. and Mrs. Carter have been born seven children, of whom four are still living, namely:† George B. and Woodward T., who are capable businessmen and are now conducting their fatherís store; Ida E., who is a graduate of the State Normal School and is a teacher of ability in East Oakland, California; and Addie, who is at home with her parents.† Mr. and Mrs. Carter are both enjoying good health.† The lady is a member of the Baptist church, while he belongs to the Knights of the Maccabees and the Independent Order of Good Templarís.† His political support is given to the Republican Party, and of its principles he is a staunch advocate, believing firmly in the policy which has been followed through the past four years.† He is one of the best preserved of the Ď49ers and has the appearance and vigor of a man many years his junior.† His memory forms a link between the primitive past and the progressive future and his labors have contributed in large measure to the substantial development of the state which attracted him to its boundaries more than half a century ago.† He feels just pride in its wonderful advancement, and among its honored early settlers he certainly deserves prominent mention.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.