Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
George H. Carpenter Family Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: George H. Carpenter Family Papers,
Creator: Carpenter, George H. (George Herbert), 1865-1939.
Inclusive dates: 1892-1937, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box), 1 Oversized folder
The Collection contains various personal materials of George, Henry, and Ruby Carpenter, as well as materials of Elictus McCormack, Berry McKelvey, Otto Russ, and Effie, Simpson.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 2417-2420 and 2439-2245, 2479

Access Restrictions:

George H. Carpenter Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

George H. Carpenter Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized by size, alphabetically by the name of the creator, then alphabetically by topic or format.



George H. Carpenter was one of five children born to Dr. Henry C. Carpenter and his wife, Ellen S. Cooper.

George lived at Lake Odessa in 1902, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. His business interests were real estate and farming.

In 1920, George was divorced by his wife, Fernie, on the grounds of cruelty and desertion for two years. He was required to support their daughter, Audrey.

By 1922, George married Ruby E. Musgrove. They lived in Detroit until 1924 and, later, in Millbrook and Remus, Michigan. Ruby had a foster son, Calvin C. Carpenter (August 4, 1920--), who worked as a drug store clerk in Remus in 1937.

Dr. Henry C. Carpenter was born March 28, 1836 in Seneca County, Ohio, the only boy of four children born to Cyril and Charlotte Carpenter.

In 1852, Henry moved with his parents to Sebewa Township, Ionia County, Michigan. By working and saving funds, he educated himself so he could teach school. Henry taught school in Woodland and Odessa Townships, Michigan. He then saved enough money to take medical courses at Cleveland Homeopathic College and at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Carpenter began his practice out of the family farm in Sebewa, moving to Woodland, Barry County, in 1873. In 1900, the Carpenters moved to Lake Odessa, Ionia County. They lived there until Mrs. Carpenter died on October 7, 1907.

On September 15, 1864 Henry married Ellen S. Cooper. Together they had five children: Claude, George H., Charlotte (Mrs. Rev. Edwin Davis), Nettie (Mrs. Charles Reiser), and Maude (died at four months of age in October 1881).

Dr. Carpenter died in Howard, Michigan, on September 14, 1918. (This information is from the collection).

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of various real estate records, including deeds, mortgages, land contracts, and biographical materials of the Carpenters. There are letters sent between Ruby Musgrove, her mother, and her brother, Billy, of Arthur, Nevada, where they farmed, 1915-1918. There are also miscellaneous real estate records of unrelated people who conducted business with the Carpenters.

Subject Terms

    • Carpenter, George H. (George Herbert), 1865-1939.
    • Carpenter, Henry C.
    • Carpenter, Ruby E. Musgrove.
    • Carpenter family.
    • Burton Abstract and Title Company.
    • Real estate agents--Michigan--Wayne County.
    • Physicians--Michigan--Ionia County.
    • Real property--Michigan.
    • Real estate agents--Michigan--Ionia County.
    • Physicians--Michigan--Barry County.
    • Michigan imprints--Detroit.
    • Ionia County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Ionia County (Mich.)--History.
    • Lake Odessa (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Remus (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Sebewa (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Arthur (Nev.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    George H. Carpenter Family Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Carpenter, George, Audit of Books of Remus Marketing Association, 1922
    Box   1 F   2
    Carpenter, George, Business Transactions with Byards and Sellers of Remus, 1922- 1925, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Carpenter, George, Degree for Divorce from Fernie Carpenter, 1920
    Box   1 F   4
    Carpenter, George, Inventories, Statements of Assets, 1912-1930
    Box   1 F   5
    Carpenter, George, Knights of Columbus Membership Card, 1902
    Box   1 F   6
    Carpenter, George, Land Contracts, 1917-1927
    Box   1 F   7
    Carpenter, George, Leases, 1923-1929
    Box   1 F   8
    Carpenter, George, Miscellaneous Papers, 1922-1935 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   9
    Carpenter, George, Mortgages, 1917-1926
    Box   1 F   10
    Carpenter, George, Play Program for "The Old District School," 1926
    Box   1 F   11
    Carpenter, George, Real Estate Transactions Concerning Windmill Pointe, 1928, 1937
    Box   1 F   12
    Carpenter, George, Receipts, 1923
    Box   1 F   13
    Carpenter, George, Warranty Deeds, 1892-1923
    Box   1 F   14
    Carpenter, Henry, Notebook and Obituary, 1909-1918
    Box   1 F   15
    Carpenter, Henry, Warranty Deeds, 1894-1906
    Box   1 F   16
    Carpenter, Ruby, Certificate of Title of a Motor Vehicle, 1935
    Box   1 F   17
    Carpenter, Ruby, Correspondence between Ruby Musgrove (later Carpenter), her Mother and brother, Billy, 1915-1918
    Box   1 F   18
    Carpenter, Ruby, Insurance Policy for Calvin V. Carpenter (foster child of Ruby Carpenter), 1937
    Box   1 F   19
    Carpenter, Ruby, Land Contracts, 1919
    Box   1 F   20
    Carpenter, Ruby, Receipts, 1904- 1918 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   21
    McCormack, Elicits, Land Contract, 1916
    Box   1 F   22
    McKelvey, Berry, Mortgages, 1902-1903, 1906
    Box   1 F   23
    Russ, Otto, Warranty Deed, 1892
    Box   1 F   24
    Simpson,Effie, Mortgages, 1904-1905
    Box   1 F   25
    Simpson, Effie, Warranty Deed, 1901
    Box   1 F   26
    Simpson, Effie, Quit-Claim Deeds, 1904-1906
    F   1  
    Oversized folder, mostly undated material, includes: advertisements (broadsides 9x12.5 inches, the first three have street layouts on the back) for Low and Yerkes Subdivision (2); Oakland Land Company's subdivision (which may have been theoretical); Boulevard Park Subdivision; Abstracts of title for Alfred M. Low's Subdivision, 1914 and Water Works, 1919; advertisements, perhaps used by the agents for their own reference (8x17 inches) with street layouts and notes and some names written in, some blocks or lots colored red for: City Heights Subdivision (in 2 pieces), Monterey and Richton (1 printed, 1hand drawnn), Moss Avenue (1 colored in, 1 plain), North Woodward (2 with different notes); 1 complete, 1 partial ad for Woodward Park Subdivision, one with text side and red and green colors, one without text and only green areas. All items have some dirt stains, acid issues, tears, discoloration, ink blots or names crossed out. Companies and agents named are: Geo. H. Carpenter, Martin Brennan, Edward L. Leddy, James H. McDonald, Judson Bradway, Hannan Real Estate, and Gerard-Stormfeltz-Lovely Company. Lots advertised on the broadsides began at $375 or $600. In an effort to sell to single families and not landlords, subdivisions were described in the other advertisements as residential only, no flats in City Heights and Monterey and Richton, where, in the latter, lot prices ranged from $2,250 to $3,500. A street of exclusive bungalows were advertised on Moss Avenue with sidewalks, sewer, water, and gas. North Woodward offered water and gas and was restricted to residences only. Woodward Park was similarly rigidly restricted., 1904-1906