One of the most prominent and respected citizens of Sacramento county is William Carpenter, a man whose history furnishes a splendid example of what may be accomplished through determined purpose, laudable ambition and well directed efforts. Starting out in life a poor boy, he has steadily worked his way upward, gaining success and winning the public confidence. For many years he has been the owner of a valuable ranch of three thousand acres near Folsom, which is devoted to general dairying pursuits and stock-raising.

Mr. Carpenter was born in Franklin county, Indiana, in July 1832, a son of William and Susan (Toner) Carpenter, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Franklin county, Indiana. In 1852 Mr. Carpenter came from his native county of Franklin to California, making the journey across the plains with horses and wagons, and about six months were consumed before the Golden state was reached. For a time after his arrival he engaged in mining for gold in Sacramento county, but his principal occupation has been the dairy and cattle business, in which his efforts have been attended with a well merited degree of success. During the early days of his residence here he was engaged in teaming and frieghting to the mines, having two teams on the road in that occupation. His present valuable ranch consists of about three thousand acres, on which he usually keeps about nine hundred head of cattle, and all of his operations are carried on in a scientific manner.

Mr. Carpenter married Julia Long, a native of Wales, and they became the parents of three children, two of whom are living, Annie E. and William J., both at home, and one son, George, is deceased. The wife and mother has also passed to the home beyond, dying in November, 1904. In his political affiliations Mr. Carpenter has ever been a Republican, and is fearless in defense of his honest convictions. His has been an honorable career, well worthy of emulation.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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