CASSIUS W CARTER
(Daniel Carter, Josiah Carter, Joshua Carter, Joseph Carter II)
Centennial History of Butler County, Ohio, Bert Surene Bartlow; B. F. Bowen, 1905 – Butler County (Ohio) – 989 pages
Among the successful agriculturists of Union township whose names are worthy of mention in this volume is Cassius W. Carter, a native of Butler county, Ohio, and the third of nine children who constituted the family of Daniel and Maria (Chance) Carter. Daniel Carter was also a native of Butler county and by occupation a farmer and carpenter. He spent the greater part of his life in Liberty township, where he owned a good home and was a man of sterling worth and excellent repute. He devoted his attention very closely to his chosen callings, exercised a salutary influence in the community, and his death, on the 11th day of December 1876, was deeply lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who had learned to prize him for his high character and spotless integrity.
Mrs. Carter, who is still living, resides in the town of Bethany and has reached her sixty-eighth year; she was her husband’s able assistant and efficient adviser during their married life, reared her children in the way they should go, and her wise counsel and judicious instruction had great influence in molding their characters and shaping their lives for good.
Cassius W. Carter was born December 11, I860, spent his early life on the homestead in Liberty township and received his education in the district schools. Owing to his services being needed at home, he was not permitted to prosecute his studies as long as the majority of country boys, a matter which he has always regretted, but for which he has largely made up by a wide course of reading and close observation in subsequent life, being at this time one of the intelligent and well-informed men of the community in which he lives. When a mere youth he quit school and engaged as a farm hand, in which capacity he continued for several years, retaining only enough of his wages to keep himself comfortably and respectably clad, the rest being generously turned over to his widowed mother, to whose support he contributed until a short time prior to his marriage.
In the year 1884 Mr. Carter contracted a matrimonial alliance with Miss Mary Allen, of Butler county, daughter of Martin Allen, a well-to-do farmer of Union township, and for ten years thereafter worked for a Mr. Kyle, following which he entered the employ of his father-in-law, whose farm he cultivated for a period of three years. Sometime after the death of Mr. Allen he purchased the farm and has lived on the same ever since, the place, under his industry and effective management, being converted into one of the best improved and most valuable tracts of land of its size in Union township. It consists of two hundred and thirty-three acres of excellent land, the greater part under cultivation, the buildings being modern and in good repair, the dwelling commodious and comfortable, the fields in fine condition; indeed, everything pertaining to the place indicates the energy and success with which it is cultivated, while the wisdom and enterprise displayed in its management bear eloquent testimony to the proprietor’s skill and tact as a judicious, progressive and, in every sense of the term, representative agriculturist.
Owing to a severe injury caused by the accidental falling of a bridge Mr. Carter, for some time past, has not been able to do much manual labor, but he gives personal attention to his business affairs when able. Possessing mature judgment, sound discretion and keen forethought, he lays his plans wisely and well and in the main carries them to a successful conclusion, being seldom mistaken in the outcome. In the midst of his various farm duties and business affairs, he finds time to meet his obligations as a citizen and to give attention to those public matters in which every enterprising, wide-awake man should be interested.
In the state and national issues, he is a Republican and an unswerving supporter of his principles, but, holding good local government above mere party, he usually votes for the best-qualified candidates in township and county affairs. In religion, the Cumberland Presbyterian church represents his creed and for some years past he has been an elder and trustee of the congregation with which he holds membership. In common with the majority of humanity, Mr. Carter has experienced many of life’s vicissitudes, but on the whole, his career has been eminently successful, and he stands today by common consent among the leading farmers and public-spirited men of affairs in the community honored by his citizenship.
Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Carter, namely: Warren Kyle, born October 21, 1884, died when about four months old; Cora I., born December 17, 1885, now at home; Edith Anna, born September 19, 1888, died July 19, I892.