Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

WILLIAM C. CARTER, M. D. The medical profession in Greene county has two able and honorable exponents in the persons of Drs. William C. Carter and Oscar N. Carter, located at the town of Republic, and for many years their names have been household words in the western part of the county. Like many of our best citizens, they are Southern gentlemen, hailing from the grand old state bearing the proud sobriquet, "the mother of Presidents," in which the Carter family has for a number of generations been influential, and we necessarily compliment the family when we say that the Carters have ever been regarded as true representatives of the Old Dominion, the cradle of the real and only commendable aristocracy of America. The two gentlemen of whom the biographer writes in these paragraphs are the possessors of many of the winning characteristics of the people of that commonwealth.

Dr. William C. Carter was born in Amherst county, Virginia, September 27, 1859. He is a son of Robert N. and Amanda M. (Turpin) Carter. The father was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, and there he grew to manhood, received a common school education and devoted his life to general farming, the latter portion of it in Amherst county. His father before him also owned and operated a plantation in the former county. The Carters had a large grant of land in Colonial Virginia from King Charles of England. Col. Robert Carter, who finally became governor of that state, was among the first to form a colony in Virginia, where a large number of this family located about that time, and now their numerous descendants are scattered all over the Union, but perhaps more are to be found in Virginia than anywhere. The father of the subject of this sketch and eleven uncles of the doctor were soldiers in the Confederate army, and four of them lost their lives in the service.

Seven children, four sons and three daughters, five of whom survive, were born to Robert N. Carter and wife, namely: Molly B. married Joseph H. Smith, a railroad man of Roanoke, Virginia, and they have seven children; George P. is farming near Staunton, Virginia, is married and has four children; Dr. Oscar N., mentioned later in this article; Emma is the wife of Thomas L. Worsham, a railroad man of Roanoke, Virginia; Dr. William C., of this review; two children are deceased. The parents of these children died a number of years ago.

Dr. William C. Carter grew to manhood on the home farm in Amherst county, Virginia, and he received his education in Hill Academy, Allwood, his native county, later attending medical college in Richmond, Virginia, also spent one term at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Maryland, and was graduated in 1888. Soon thereafter he began the practice of his profession at Burdett, West Virginia, where he remained eight years, then came to Lebanon, Missouri, where he practiced for six years, then located at Dixon, this state, and continued his profession there six years, after which he came to Republic, Greene county, and joined his brother, Dr. Oscar N. Carter, who had been practicing medicine here several years. He has been ver successful as a general practitioner, and has enjoyed a good practice in the several fields that he has practiced in and now has a large business.

Dr. William C. Carter was married on August 6, 1893, to Annie Elizabeth Carpenter, of Putnam county, West Virginia. She is a daughter of John T. Carpenter and wife, and was one of ten children. She grew to womanhood in her native locality and received a common school education. To our subject and wife five children have been born, two of whom died in infancy. Those living are: William C., Jr., born May 20, 1903; Carl, born May 14, 1904; and Erma, born May 23, 1906.

Politically, the doctor is a Democrat. He attends the Baptist church, and fraternally is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Order of Eastern Star, and the Woodmen of the World.

Dr. Oscar N. Carter was born, April 9, 1874, in Amherst county, Virginia and reared on the home farm in that county. He was educated in Hill Academy, in the town of Allwood, his native county, later attending medical college in Richmond, and he was graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, in the class of 1899. He took one year of hospital training at Richmond, Virginia. He began the practice of his profession at Lebanon, Missouri, where he remained two years, then came to Greene county and located at Republic, in 1902, and here he has been engaged in the general practice to the present time, and has met with continued success, enjoying a rapidly growing patronage all the while. He and his brother practice together.

Dr. Oscar N. Carter married Anna Hovey, a daughter of Judge Hovey, a prominent man, a successful lawyer and jurist. Mrs. Carter was educated in the common schools. She has borne her husband four children, namely: Oscar. Mary E., Virginia and Helen.


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