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Transcribed biography of James H. Carver

JAMES H. CARVER. Pine township, Porter county, Indiana, contains many fine farms, but none that is better cultivated or more intelligently conducted than the well known Fair View Farm, of which James H. Carver is the proprietor. The farm comprises one hundred and sixty acres of fertile land, is finely located, and has superior buildings, making it a comfortable home for its owner and a place in which he takes a great degree of pride.

James H. Carver was born in Wayne county, Michigan, September 13, 1850, a member of a family of nine children, three of whom are still living, namely: James H., Marion E. and Almina, the latter the wife of William Bloom.

The Carver family is of Scotch descent, the grandfather of the generation represented by those just named having been a native of Scotland. Hartwell Carver, father of James H., was born near Utica, New York, and married Elizabeth Earl, whose birthplace was near Toronto, Canada. They lived for thirteen years in Wayne county, Michigan, and in 1857 became residents of Porter county, Indiana, in which last named locality they lived the remainder of their lives. The father died March 15, 1884, his wife having preceded him to the Better Land in January, 1881.

From the time since he was old enough to remember Mr. James H. Carver has lived on the farm in Pine township. He spent his boyhood days at school, at the same time enjoying such entertainments and performing such tasks as are common to the rural home and community. At the age of sixteen years he had completed the studies which comprised the course at the district school and became an active worker on his father's farm and remained as a co-worker with him until his twenty-ninth year. Mr. Carver then acquired an independent home and on April 20, 1881, was united in marriage with Miss Bertha Bull, a native of Wisconsin, whose birth occurred February 6, 1862. She was the recipient of a good common school education gained in the schools near her home and finished at a German school conducted by St. Johns church, in which institution she was later confirmed.

Mr. and Mrs. Carver are the parents of two children, one son and one daughter. The son, Evert M., was born September 30, 1883. He evinced a great liking for study, was quick to learn and at the age of eighteen years graduated from the Michigan City high school. He then worked on the farm for a couple of years, after which he taught school three years and subsequently entered the university at Ann Arbor, remaining there three years and graduating from the law department. While at Ann Arbor he met Miss Grace Nichols, of that city, whom he subsequently married and they now have one child, Mildred Elizabeth. Mrs. Evert Carver is a graduate of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, in the nurse's profession; and practiced her profession for three years. She is a talented lady of more than ordinary ability and is possessed of great energy. She was an honored member of the Michigan State Nurse's Association. Mr. Evert M. Carver is now engaged in the pursuit of agriculture. His sister is Mildred A. Carver, who is also a graduate of the Michigan City school. She has also taken higher instructions in the Valparaiso University, fitting herself for the teacher's profession. She has been one of the successful teachers of Porter county, for several terms, and at the present time (1912) is engaged in her chosen profession.

James H. Carver is a man of prominence and influence in the community of which he is a citizen. While a believer in Democratic political principles, he has confined his activities to private work in the party, not seeking official position. He is a valued member of the Knights of Maccabees fraternal order, is a man of unimpeachable personal integrity and is held in high esteem by all who know him.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
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