Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Frederick Carpenter
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



Frederick J. Carpenter, a well-known and well-to-do retired farmer of Cottonwood county, now living retired at Windom, a stockholder and former director of the Windom National Bank and for years actively interested in the civic affairs of that city and this section of Minnesota in general, is a native of New York state, born at Hudson, July 20, 1848. son of Chauncey and Deborah (Worth) Carpenter, both natives of New York state, the former born on July 16, 1810, and the latter, March 28, 1819, who were the parents of six children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the fourth m order of birth, the others being as follow: Jane, deceased, who was the wife of Horace Goodill; Emily, who married William Lake and died in Chippewa county, Wisconsin; Margaret, who died at the age of fourteen years; Cornelia, who married Perry Norton, of Dodge county, this state, and now lives at Claremont, that county, and Hannah, now deceased, who is the wife of Eugene Newton of Minneapolis. Chauncey Carpenter was a merchant in New York and in 1854 he sold his store and with his family came West, settling in Green Lake county, Wisconsin, for a time living retired at Kingston, that county, and later moving to a farm in Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin, where he died in 1868. His widow afterward made her home with her son, the subject of this sketch, in Cottonwood county, where she died in 1878.

Frederick J. Carpenter was about six years old when his parents moved to Wisconsin and he received his schooling at Kingston, that state. He was eighteen years old when the family moved onto the farm in Fond du Lac county and there he remained for six years, assisting in the development of the same. In 1872 he came to Minnesota and homesteaded a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in section 8, Carson township, Cottonwood county, at the same time buying, for six dollars an acre, eighty acres of railroad land adjoining. The first season he put out forty one acres of flax, being one of the first farmers in this region to sow flax, and the product of that first crop almost paid for his land. Mr. Carpenter prospered in his farming operations from the very first and it was not long until he was being looked upon as one of the leading farmers oŁ that part of the county. In 1888 he bought one-half of section 8 in Lakeside township and in 1899 bought one-half of section 9 in the same township, near Bingham lake. In the fall of that latter year he retired from the active labors of the farm and moved to Windom, where he ever since has made his home and where he is very comfortably situated. Since moving to town Mr. Carpenter has sold all of his landholdings save the half section near Bingham lake and has made other investments. For years he has been a stockholder in the Windom National Bank and was formerly a member of the board of directors of that financial institution. Mr. Carpenter is a Republican and for years has given his close attention to local political affairs and has attended every county convention of his party in Cottonwood county.

He was on the school board in Carson township when there were but four schools in that township. He was a member of the town board in both Carson and Lakeside townships and was treasurer of the school board at Bingham Lake; also a member of Windom school hoard for twelve years; also a member of the committee of five under whose direction the new school at Windom was established. He also superintended the building of the Masonic temple and Independent Order of Odd Fellow buildings. He attends the Presbyterian church, of which his wife is a member, and has ever taken a proper part in local good works.

In 1877 Frederick J. Carpenter was united in marriage to Clara HcNeal, of Blue Earth county, this state, and to that union three children were born, Alice, May 9, 1884, wife of Edward Hartz, of Leeds, North Dakota; Hattie, born September 5, 1885, who died on January 28, 1911, at the age of twenty-six years, and Frederick Chester, born October 26, 1887, Minneapolis, but who has had his headquarters at Duluth since 1911. The mother of these children died on January 29, 1889, and on September 10, 1890, Mr. Carpenter married Georgia Schofield; born December 28, 1866, in Iowa, daughter of Aaron and Rhoda (Smith) Schofield, the latter of whom was born in Indiana, a cousin of Whitelaw Reid. Aaron Schofield was a native of England. He moved with his family from Iowa to Minnesota in 1873 and homesteaded eighty acres in section 28, Carson township, Cottonwood county, and there made his home until 1881, when he retired from the farm and moved to Windom, where he and his wife spent the rest of their lives and where, on November 20, 1911, they celebrated their "golden wedding." Mrs. Schofield died on February 20, 1914, at the age of seventy-two years, and Mr. Schofield died on February 21, 1916, at the age of eighty-four years.



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