Carroll County Biographies

Carlyle Edward Richter
1912 - 1976

Carlyle Edward Richter, often known to his friends as Buns Richter, was born in Salem Township, Mount Carroll, Illinois, October 18, 1912. His parents were William Richter and Bertha [Poffenberger] Richter, lifelong residents of Carroll County.

On January 1, 1937, Carlyle married Margaret Jones of Savanna. Mrs. Richterís father, Newman O. Jones, lived many years in Woodland Township with his wife, Nellie [Davis] Jones. The household included ten children, and Margaret was the youngest. Margaret was active in several civic and social organizations. She was among the leaders to begin the Girl Scouts of America in Mount Carroll, and was also the first secretary for the Junior Womanís Club. Margaret belonged to the Ola Chapter of the Eastern Stars No. 170. She became secretary of the Mount Carroll School District at Center Hill in 1966.

From a lad to a man of twenty-five Carlyle was engaged mostly with his father on the farm. He was prominent in local affairs beginning his civic career in 1947. He was connected with the growth and prosperity of the town of Mount Carroll devoting himself for twenty-six years to public service in Mount Carroll as councilman for two years and as mayor for sixteen years. As Mayor, Carlyle promoted the establishment of the cityís sewer system in 1960, promoted the advent of industry in Mount Carroll, generally improved civic services, and concerned himself particularly with the cityís operation of the ambulance service assumed in 1970. He was devoted to this public work and daily contributed his time and energy to the community; in 1972 he received from the Mount Carroll Business Menís Association a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding and dedicated service for the period May 1, 1947 to May 1, 1972.

Carlyle was also active in the Republican Party, campaigning for numerous local and state officials. For many years he participated in the Scottish Rites of Freemasonry and belonged to numerous civic and social organizations. The Richters are members of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Transcribed from Carroll County "A Goodly Heritage" Supplement No. 4 by Glenda Richter

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