From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 818-819


George H. Carpenter, son of Harlow J. and Fanny (Merry) Carpenter, was born in Erie County, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1841, and was nearly ten years of age when his parents moved to Steuben County.  At the age of nineteen years he went to Dewitt County, Ill., and taught two terms of school, being absent a little more than a year.  Since his marriage he has lived in Montgomery, Hillsdale Co., Mich., engaged in the drug business.  With these exceptions he has been identified with Steuben County since first coming here, and the most of the time has lived on the old homestead, his present residence.  In 1881 he erected a building for the purpose, and became established in the general mercantile business at Otsego Center, where by his genial, courteous manners he has built up a good trade which is constantly increasing.  He is also Postmaster of Oufa postoffice, appointed in 1881.  He was married July 4, 1863, to Lydia Griffith, who was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, a daughter of John and Jemima Griffith.  To them have been born five children; but three are living-- Bert, Sylvia and Lena.  Their eldest, Leman, died aged nine years, and their third, Harlow J., aged fourteen months.  In politics Mr. Carpenter is a Democrat.


Submitted by Kim Davoli