from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 298-99
JOHN THOMAS "TOM" CARTER
J. T. CARTER Among the intelligent and enterprising farmers of Benton Township, none are more favorably known
than the subject of this sketch, who occupies section 28. He is a native of Iowa, born August 17, 1854, the son of
J[ohn]. D[avis]. CARTER, a prominent pioneer of Ringgold County, whose
sketch can be seen on another page of this work [and
Priscilla (CLINTON) CARTER. The latter
located in Benton Township when his son was fifteen months old, and brought him up on the farm, educating him at the
common school, and at Garden Grove [Decatur County], Iowa. In 1874 our subject engaged in mercantile business in
Mormontown [present-day Blockton], Iowa;
about two years after he moved to Kansas, where he was engaged some months in a mercantile house, and for a time
afterward was employed at farming, one season; and in 1878 he returned to his home township, locating on his present
farm, in 1882. This farm, containing 120 acres, is in a high state of cultivation, well equipped, and as fine as any
in the township. His residence, one-and-a-half stories high, is surrounded with shade and ornamental trees. Mr.
CARTER’s occupation is that of general farming, while he gives considerable attention also to stock-raising and
feeding. Some of his live stock is of fine breeds. By his judicious management he has attained an enviable position
financially, while socially and politically he stands high in the county. He is a Republican in his political views.
Mr. CARTER was married February 16, 1882, to Miss Lora J. DOWLIN, daughter of David and Mattie DOWLIN, of Taylor
County, Iowa, and they are the parents of two children – Clay S. and Grace M. Mrs. CARTER is a woman of intelligence
NOTE: Priscilla (CLINTON) CARTER was born and died January 23, 1826, and died March 29, 1883.
John Thomas "J. T." CARTER was born August 17, 1854, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, and died
June 20, 1940, Reedley, Fresno County, California; his obituary. Lora Isabel (DOWLIN) CARTER was born in Pennsylvania on June 6, 1863, and died June 24, 1929,
California. John and Lora were interred at Acacia Memorial Park, Modesto, Stanislaus County, California.
Acacia Memorial Park Cemetery was originally known as the Masonic Cemetery.
David D. DOWLIN was born 1836, and died at the age of 56 years, 4 months and 17 days on July 27, 1892 with interment at Platte River Cemetery near
Maloy, Ringgold County, Iowa. Also interred at Platte River Cemetery was Minnie L. DOWLIN, born August 19, 1873,
and died at the age of three years on October 28, 1875.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 298-99, 1887.
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Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009
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