Schoolcraft County
Pioneer Families
Biographical Sketches
Elmer D. Carr
 
 
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago;  Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 97
 
ELMER D. CARR, the popular and efficient Sheriff of Schoolcraft county, Michigan, and a wellknown resident of Manistique, is a man who has attained success in the affairs of life entirely by his own efforts, and is one who is deserving of honors by reason of his fidelity, honesty and charity, which have conspired to make his advancement possible without violating the rights or feeling, of others.
 
Our subject is a native of Allegany county, New York, where he was born on the 21 st day of March, 1849, the son of David C. and Lydia Jane (Harrington) Carr. The father has devoted the major portion of his life to agricultural pursuits, and is now a resident of Cattaraugus county. New York, whither he moved in 1S62 and where his wife died, in the year 1875.  They became the parents of seven children, five of whom are now living, namely:  Lyman, Elmer D.. Myron, Miner and Marion.
 
Elmer D. Carr did not receive extraordinary scholastic privileges, but used to good advantage the opportunities afforded him by the common schools. In early life he launched out for himself, securing employment in connection with the lumbering industry, which continued to be his occupation until he came to Michigan, in the fall of 1872, at which time he located at Manistique. Here he has been concerned in the same line of enterprise with which he identified himself in early years, conducting a camp for the Chicago Lumber Company for ten or eleven years.
 
In the fall of 1894 Mr. Carr was elected Sheriff of Schoolcraft county, and his administration of the affairs of the office have justified the confidence which his constituents had as to his eligibility as a candidate.  He was re-elected to the office in the fall of 1894.  In addition to this he has also been called upon to serve in other minor offices of public trust.
 
Politically Mr. Carr is identified with the Republican party, taking an active interest in the local councils and movements of his party. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic order and the Knights of the Maccabees. He is thoroughly a self-made man, having made his own way from boyhood, and as one of the progressive citizens of Manistique he well deserves the high esteem in which he is held.
 
The marriage of our subject was celebrated in 1883, when he was united to Miss Virginia Grenell, a native of the State of New York. They are the parents of two sons, Fred and Elmer C.   Mrs. Carr is an active and zealous member of the Baptist Church.