States: Ohio: Stark
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The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883."
"OBADIAH CARPER, Deceased, was born at Massillon, Ohio in February, 1818, and was a son of NICHOLAS and REBECCA CARPER, both of whom were natives of the Keystone State (Pennsylvania). He learned the trade of inside finisher of houses in his native town, and there, July 5, 1841, was united in marriage with MARTHA MILLER, who was born in Massillon May 24, 1822. The fall of 1841, this couple moved to Iowa, but remained there only a short time; then moved back to Ohio and settled in Harrison County. Whitley County, Indiana, was their next place of residence, moving there in 1858, and remaining there three years. In 1861, they moved to Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana where Mr. Carper embarked in the grocery trade, and being an excellent business man, he was not long in acquiring considerable property. In 1863, he erected the CARPER HOUSE (since burned), and was it's proprietor until 1872, when he sold out and engaged in farming north of town. After improving that farm, it was sold in 1878, and he then returned to Winamac, built a dwelling house, and died in January, 1880. Mr. CARPER was one of the honorable, straightforward men of Winamac, and was Township Trustee at the time of his death. He and wife were the parents of five children - ANGELINE (DECEASED), NAHAM, ELLEN (DECEASED), MARIA (DECEASED), and MARSHALL. The last named and youngest of the family was born April 7, 1858, in Whitley County, Indiana. He learned telegraphy, and was employed at different stations along the Pan Handle Road until 1874, when he began clerking in Winamac. The spring of 1877, he formed his present partnership with G. W. DOLPH in the drug business, and the firm of DOLPH & CARPER are among the best in Winamac. They carry a stock of about $4,000 value, of everything found in a first class drug store, and they transact an average annual business of $12,000. Mr. Carper is among the wideawake business men of the place, and has general charge of the store. Hw was married, September 5, 1881, to Miss LOLA L., daughter of RICHARD and NANCY (QUIGLY) HATHAWAY."
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