L. P. Carpenter, who has been a resident of northeastern Oklahoma for a third of a century, was actively identified with agricultural interests here until he put aside the work of the fields in 1919 and has since lived retired in an attractive home at Bartlesville. His birth occurred in Clay County, Indiana, on the 11th of November, 1867, his parents being Adam and Anna (Reamy) Carpenter, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Both are deceased.
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He acquired his education in his native state and on attaining his majority left the parental roof to come to Oklahoma, settling in Osage county, ten miles northwest of Bartlesville. There he devoted his attention to farming and stock raising for many years with excellent success, for he was industrious, energetic and progressive in all of his undertakings. In 1919, having acquired a comfortable competence, he took up his abode in Bartlesville, where he has since lived retired in the enjoyment of well earned ease.
In early manhood Mr. Carpenter was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary E. Roy, who was born on the Osage Reservation, about ten miles northwest of Bartlesville, on the 27th of October, 1871, and is a representative of one of the most prominent families of the Osage Nation. Her father, a native of Canada, died before her birth. Her mother; who was Mrs. Rosalie (Prudom) Roy, is still living and is now the wife of H. N. Hampton of Bartlesville. Mr. Carpenter has received royalties from the oil holdings of his wife. To Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter were born four children: Floyd H:, who is twenty-nine years of age and who wedded Miss Sallie Still of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; Charles E., a young man of twenty-six, who married Miss Ann Donohue of Bartlesville; Rose B., the wife of J. C. Dirickson, a stockman of Bartlesville, by whom sue has two children, John Carpenter and Charles Clabe; and Louis S., who is twenty-two years of age and who married Miss Betty Barnard Bradberry of Kansas.
Mr. Carpenter has been frequently urged to become a candidate for public office but has always declined, having no desire for political honors. Nevertheless, he is a most loyal and public-spirited citizen whose aid and influence have ever been found on the side of progress and improvement and who has supported all measures and movements instituted to promote the general welfare. His course has been characterized by the highest principles in every relation of life and he has long been numbered among the substantial and esteemed citizens of northeastern Oklahoma.