From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 672


Orville Carver, druggist, Angola, Ind., was born in Hebron, Tolland Co., Conn., Aug. 20, 1843, a son of Dr. Lewis E. and Frances A. (Porter) Carver.  In 1845 his parents moved to Steuben County, Ind., and settled on a farm in Jackson Township, and in 1850 moved to Angola, where they have since resided.  In 1850 Dr. Carver was elected County Treasurer and served three years, and was soon after elected Recorder.  He was a strong anti-slavery man, his house being one of the depots for the underground railroad.  He has affiliated with the Republican party since its organization.  Five of his eight children are living.  Orville Carver was reared in Angola, receiving his education in its public schools.  In 1861 he enlisted in the Fourth Michigan Infantry and participated in the first battle at Bull Run, the peninsular campaign, the second battle at Bull Run, Antietam, Shepardsville, Gettysburg, and Fredericksburg.  He was mustered out at Detroit in July, 1864, and the following April enlisted in Hancock's Veteran Corps, and seved till a year after the close of the war.  He then returned to Angola.  In 1869 he was appointed Postmaster, and served fourteen years.  At present he is Trustee of Pleasant Township.  In June, 1884, he was a delegate to the National Convention at Chicago which nominated Jas. G. Blaine for President, and is Chairman of the Republican Committee of this county.  He is a member of the Odd Fellows' lodge and encampment, also the Grand Army of the Republic, and in the spring of 1885 represented his lodge in the Grand Lodge of the State.  He was married in 1867 in Union City, Mich., to Miss Fronia Thayer, daughter of E. Thayer, formerly of New York State.


Submitted by Kim Davoli