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Carnes, George
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 580-584


George Carnes is one of the most prominent farmers and stock-raisers of Pike county, making very extensive shipments of stock each year. In fact he is known throughout the state to stock men and the extent and importance of his operations in this line have also classed him with the most substantial residents of this part of the state. He represents one of the old pioneer families of Pike county, and was born in Griggsville township, September 16, 1858, his parents being Richard and Guldy E. (Moore) Carnes. The father was born June 23, 1832, in Harrison county, Ohio, and became one of the large land owners of Pike county, his realty possessions at one time comprising eighteen hundred acres in New Salem and Griggsville townships. He was a son of John Carnes and a grandson of Thomas and Elizabeth (Dunham) Carnes, who were born and reared in Maryland. The family, however, is originally of English lineage. Following his marriage Thomas Carnes removed to Harrison county, Ohio, and became a factor in its pioneer development and early progress. As the years passed his labors were crowned with a comfortable competence and he also rejoiced in what had been accomplished in the county where he made his home, for the evidences of frontier life had been replaced by the conditions of an advanced civilization. His loyalty in citizenship was manifested by active service as a private in the war of 1812 and also by equal loyalty in days of peace. Both he and his wife were devoted members of the United Brethren church and each lived to a ripe old age.

John Carnes, grandfather of George Carnes of this review, was born in Harrison county, Ohio, in 1812, was reared to the occupation of farming and made that pursuit his life work. He engaged in the tilling of the soil in his native county until 1854, when he removed to Pike county, Illinois, settling on a partially improved farm in Griggsvil1e township. His capital was small but his industry and perseverance were unlimited and upon those qualities he builded his success, becoming one of the substantial residents of this part of the state. In his native county he married Miss Eliza Nelson, who was also born in Harrison county, Ohio, while her parents were natives of Maryland and were of Scotch descent. Both Mr. and Mrs. John Carnes belonged to the United Brethren church, contributed liberally to its support and aided effectively in its upbuilding and the extension of its influence. His political allegiance was given to the whig party in early life. He passed away in New Salem township in 1870, having for some years survived his wife. In their family were ten children, but one son was fatally burned in childhood and another son was killed by a log rolling upon him when eight years of age. A daughter is also deceased.

Richard Carnes, the eldest of this family, was reared upon the old homestead in Ohio, and early acquired an excellent understanding of agricultural affairs and a comprehension of business matters which resulted in making him a capable and prosperous agriculturist. His entire life was devoted to farm work, and as his financial resources increased he added from time to time to his property.

Mrs. Carnes was born in Maryland, May S, 1834, and in her infancy was taken by her parents to Harrison county, Ohio, and afterward to Adams county, Illinois, whence they came to Pike county. Here her father died at the age of seventy-five years, while her mother reached the advanced age of eighty-three years. They had a large family. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Carnes were born the following named: Henry, Eliza, John, George, Sarah, Edward, Mary, Salena and Dora.

Richard Carnes voted with the republican party; and he and his wife held membership in the United Brethren church. His business career furnished an example well worthy of emulation to all who desire to win success and who wish to do so along lines of honorable and manly conduct. Although he achieved a fortune his path was never strewn with the wreck of other men's fortunes, for he was straightforward and just in his dealings and his prosperity was the result of his close application and judicious investment. He died in 1902 and is still survived by his wife.

George Carnes spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and at the time of his marriage started out upon an independent business career, giving his attention to general farming and stock-raising. He lived upon what was known as the old Taylor place for seventeen years, having purchased this property soon after his marriage and in 1896 he removed to what is known as the Sharp farm near the Wabash Railroad at Maysville, where he now resides. For some years he has been extensively engaged in buying, feeding and shipping stock, and associated with his brother, S. E. Carnes, he ships from one hundred and fifty to two hundred carloads of stock each year. Seldom a week passes that he does not ship from two to five carloads, for which he finds a ready sale upon the market, as he never makes shipments until his stock is in excellent condition. He is now farming seven hundred and twenty acres of as finely improved land as can be found in Pike county. He attends all of the state fairs of Illinois and many of the county fairs and is now president of the Illinois Valley Fair Association at Griggsville, whereby effort in behalf of agricultural progress is greatly stimulated. He is likewise the vice-president of the Illinois Valley bank at Griggsville. A lover of good horses, he always has some fine animals upon his place, and at the present time these number about twenty. He also has about one hundred and thirty head of cattle on hand, of which seventy-five head have been fattened and are ready for the market. He has one steer which he expects to exhibit at the fat stock show in Chicago and also one carload lot of fat cattle. He likewise has about one hundred and fifty head of hogs at the present writing. In 1903 he and his brother, S. E., made an exhibit of fifteen head of fat cattle at the Chicago Stock Show, having an average weight of sixteen hundred and sixteen pounds. He received the second premium in a special shorthorn class, and in this bunch was a pair of twins that weighed thirty-six hundred pounds, on which he received a second premium in a special class. He and his brother attend the stock sales in Missouri and throughout Illinois as buyers, and they have a very wide and favorable acquaintance among the leading stock dealers of that state. Both gentlemen are excellent judges of stock, so that they are able to make judicious purchases and profitable sales.

On the 5th of September, 1878, Mr. Carne's was married to Miss Margaret White. Her parents were Thomas and Rebecca White, who had five children, namely: Andrew, Elizabeth, Samuel, Margaret and John. Mr. and Mrs. White were active members of the Presbyterian church of New Salem. In public affairs Mr. Carnes has taken a deep and helpful interest. He has been president of the school board and a director for the past nine years, the cause of education finding in him a warm friend. His political views are in accord with republican principles and indeed he is one of the stanch supporters of the party, doing all in his power to promote its growth and insure its success, though never seeking office for himself. Mrs. Carnes is a member of the Presbyterian church of New Salem. She was educated in the public schools of Griggsville and Pittsfield and taught her home school for fifteen months prior to her marriage. She travels with her husband on many of his trips, and they are thoroughly progressive people, keeping in touch with the world's progress and having comprehensive knowledge of the questions of the day and the subjects of general interest. In his business career he has made rapid and substantial advancement, and the methods he has followed have been such as will bear close investigation. He has labored along lines that all might profitably follow and has achieved through well directed efforts and unfaltering perseverance splendid success, and also gained a reputation which has made him known as a leading stock dealer of Illinois.

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