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Harry W. Carlton
Born November 10, 1873

The enterprising village of Oxford Junction affords pleasant accommodations to visitors and the traveling public in the Corwin Hotel, of which Harry W. Carlton is proprietor. He was born in the village of Oxford Mills, November 10, 1873, a son of L. D. and Frances E. (Whitney) Carlton, the former born in New York and the latter in New Hampshire. In 1862 they accompanied their respective parents on their removal to Jones county, Iowa, where the latter entered land from the government. Having learned the blacksmith's trade, L. D. Carlton opened a shop in Oxford Mills and continued to carry on business along that line for about twenty years. Later he engaged in mercantile business up to within a year of his death and he also served as postmaster of Oxford Mills until he retired from business, being appointed to that position during President Harrison's second term. He passed away on the 1st of February, 1905, having survived his wife about three years, her death occurring March 3, 1902. Their only daughter, Effa S., has also departed this life, so that the son, Harry W., is the only surviving member of the family.
Harry W. Carlton acquired his education in the common schools and assisted his father in the store until he attained his majority. In 1902, when his father retired, he assumed charge of the mercantile business in Oxford Mills, this claiming his attention for eight years, while during the same period he acted as postmaster of the village. He then purchased the Corwin House at Oxford and has since conducted that hostelry. It contains twenty-six rooms, is modern in its equipment, and its genial proprietor neglects nothing that can add to the comfort of his guests.
Mr. Carlton chose as a companion and helpmate for the journey of life Miss Ada B. Haun, their marriage being celebrated June 18, 1902. Mrs. Carlton was born in South Dakota, November 1, 1871, a daughter of S. S. and Elba O. (Cheney) Haun. The father was born in Pennsylvania, while the mother is a native of Jackson county, Iowa, but they now make their home in Jones County. Mrs. Carlton has a twin sister, Ida D., the wife of John C. Kettlesen, a resident of Wyoming, this county. The former graduated from the Oxford high school and prior to her marriage engaged in teaching for ten or twelve years.
Mr. Carlton gives his political support to the republican party and for ten or twelve years was a member of the school board. He and his wife attend the Methodist Episcopal church. They are popular with their guests and their social qualities have endeared them to many friends in Oxford.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 429.


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