Pages 329-330, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




HARVEY H. CARMAN, one of the most energetic young farmers of Allen county, was born in Stark county, Ohio, on the 5th of March, 1869, but has spent almost his entire life in Kansas, having been brought to this state by his parents when a year old. His father, David Carman, was born in Carroll county, Ohio, and died in 1896, at the age of fifty-three years. He first wedded Elizabeth H. Taylor, a native of Pennsylvania, and they became the parents of five children, namely: Harvey H. and Ida, who are at home; Anna, wife of Edward Cleaver, and David and Charles, who are deceased. As before stated the father of this family came to Kansas in the spring of 1870 and was a resident of Riley county until the spring of 1876, when he came to Allen county, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on Indian creek, one mile west of Geneva. There he improved a farm, leaving his property in good condition. His first wife died in Ogden, Kansas, in 1875, and he was afterward married to Miss Elizabeth Thrall, a native of Ohio, whose death occurred in 1888. For his third wife he chose Miss Nannie Rankin, of Monroeville, Alabama, who died September 19, 1890.

At the time of the Civil war David Carman responded to the country's call for aid, enlisting in the Third Ohio Battery, in which he served as gunner. He participated in many engagements under command of Generals McPherson and Thomas, and during the latter part of the war was with the troops of General Logan. He loyally served his country for four years and six months. He marched through the southern Confederacy from Atlanta to the sea, taking part in all the engagements on the way. He was also in the siege of Vicksburg, the battle of Shiloh, the battle of Appomattox, and in the engagements at Chattanooga, at Peach Tree Creek and at Vicksburg he was wounded. After faithfully serving his country for three years, he veteranized and remained at the front until after the stars and stripes were planted in the Confederate capital. He ever loyally


followed the old flag and was often in the thickest of the fight, battling earnestly for the Union.

Harvey H. Carman pursued his education in the schools of Allen county, and in the periods of vacation assisted in the work of the home farm. In this way he was well qualified by practical experience to assume its management upon his father's death. He has since overseen the property and the fields are under a high state of cultivation, yielding a golden tribute in return for the care and labor he bestows upon them. He also raises and handles quite a number of horses and hogs and feeds all of his grain to his stock. His sister Ida acts as his housekeeper and the home is characterized by an air of neatness and thrift, while the household is noted for its generous hospitality.

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