The reader's attention is now called to a short sketch of the career of Salathiel H. Carr. now living in comfortable retirement after a strenuous life spent in agricultural circles. By his enterprise and progressive methods he has contributed in a material way to the industrial and commercial advancement of the community, and because of his high character and unquestioned integrity, he enjoys to a marked degree the sincere respect of the community.
Salathiel H. Carr was born on March 15, 1845, in Union township, Fayette county, Ohio, on the same farm where he is at present residing, being the son of Jacob and Polly (Herrod) Carr. Jacob Carr was bom in 1817 in Madison county, this state, but was brought to Fayette county by his parents when but a baby. His parents were Joab and Malinda Carr, coming to this state from Virginia and being among the first settlers in this section of the country. Jacob, father of the immediate subject, was a small boy about seven years of age when both his parents died and he was taken into the home of a first cousin, by whom he was reared to manhood. For a number of years he assisted this cousin about his farm, later buying one hundred and thirty-two acres, where he lived for many years and where the subject now resides. The subject was one of a family of nine children, the others being Matilda (Mrs. Thornton), Ella (Mrs. Thornton), Eliza. David, May (Mrs. Baughan) . Susan, Jesse and Amanda.
Mr. Carr received his education in the schools of the neighborhood where his boyhood days were passed, attending first district No. 6. which was a little primitive log structure, later finishing in the more modern school near the cemetery and about a quarter of a mile from his home. When quite young he began to assist his cousin about the farm and throughout his school days his spare time was passed in this manner. When twenty years of age he began renting land and farming on his own account, and in this one community has passed his entire life of sixty-nine years. He was quite successful in his chosen vocation of farming and had also quite an enviable reputation as a successful stock raiser.
Mr. Carr chose as his life companion Isabella Thompson, born in Ross county, near Austin, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Lucas) Thompson, with whom he was united in marriage in 1871. Mrs. Carr's parents come from old families of Virginia and were early settlers in Ross county. They were the parents of twelve children, Carrie, Henry, Elijah, Thomas. Austin, Dennis, Isabella, Sarah, Mattie, Lucy and two children who died in early infancy. Mrs. Carr passed from this life on June 22, 1908, and lies buried in the cemetery at Washington C. H. She was a very devout Christian woman, her sympathies large enough to embrace all creeds, and was never happier than when in the discharge of some helpful duty. Mr. and Mrs. Carr became the parents of six children, the eldest of whom, Delbert, died when young. Noah married Ella Craig and is the father of two children, Herrod and Richard. Frank chose as his wife Nettie Elliott and has one son, Delbert. Maud became the wife of Jesse Craig and is the mother of a little daughter, Margaret. The remaining ones of the family are Blanchard and Leroy.
Mr. Carr gives his earnest support to the old-line Republican party, having more than a nominal interest in the affairs of same. For six years he served as trustee of Union township and has been otherwise active in party affairs. He gives his moral and material support to church societies of different denominations and does all within his power to advance the moral, educational and material welfare of the community. While Mr. Carr's life has been a quiet one, not possessing any spectacular scenes, yet it has been filled with quiet, steady purpose and an honest ambition to fill well his place as a man and citizen. It is just such quiet, substantial lives which are the backbone and sinew of the life of the nation, for, after all, the life of the town or community, the state or nation, is really only what the individual life makes them and the nation has need of men of high ideals and quiet, steadfast purpose. Throughout his life, Mr. Carr has so lived as to endear himself to a great number of friends and is well known all over the county.
From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)