CARVER, FRANK. - The Carvers are one of the oldest families in Sangamon County, the grandfather of Frank Carver having brought his family there before the winter of the "Deep Snow", and located in Clear Lake Township, where they have since resided. Frank Carver was born there March 7, 1867, and is a son of Felix and Rachel (Donner) Carver, the former a native of Ohio, born near Dayton in 1827, and the later a native of Clear Lake Township. Felix Carver accompanied his father, Jacob Carver, to Sangamon County, and lived on a farm in Clear Lake Township the remainder of his life, passing away September 24, 1908. The mother now lives on South Second Street, Springfield. There were five daughters and two sons born to Jacob Carver and wife, all of whom are now deceased. Felix Carver and wife were parents of children as follows: Elizabeth, the oldest, wife of Michael Grubb, of Riverton, now deceased; Albert, a teacher in Springfield High School; Henry, living four miles east of Springfield; Charles, of Springfield; May, wife of William Newlin, a railway mail clerk residing at Springfield; Frank, of this sketch.
Mr. Carver has spent his entire life in Clear Lake Township and has lived on his present farm of fifty acres, which he owns, for the past nineteen years. He received his education in the vicinity and worked for his father in boyhood. He is an industrious and wide awake farmer and follows modern methods and ideas in his work. Fraternally he belongs to Mud Lake Camp No. 629, Modern Woodmen of America, of Riverton, and he and his wife are members of the Royal Neighbors. Both are members of the Christian Church.
Mr. Carver's marriage occurred in Clear Lake Township, July 9, 1890, when he was united with Christina Zorn, who was born in Gardner Township, May 20, 1873, daughter of Henry Zorn and wife, both natives of Germany. Mr. Zorn was three years of age when his parents brought him to the United States and located at St. Louis, later coming to Springfield, Ill. A short time later he removed to Salisbury Township, and lived there until thirteen years of age, then, at his mother's death, went to Havana, Ill. At the age of twenty-two years Mr. Zorn began farming in Gardner Township and continued this occupation until he moved to Springfield. His wife was brought to the Untied States at the age of five years. Of their children two sons and five daughters are now living: Mrs. Mary Wenneborg, wife of Otto Wenneborg, a coal operator of Farmersville, Ill.; Rose, wife of Elmer Glasebrook, of Peoria; Elma, Mabel and Leo, at home with their parents; Howard, a pharmacist of Cincinnati, Ohio. Eight children were born to mr. and Mrs. Carver, namely: Arthur, a member of the United States Marine Corps, located in the Philippine Islands; Elsie, teaching school in Menard County; Felix, Ruth, Bernard, Frank, Rachel and Violet, all at home. The family stand well in the community and have a wide circle of friends.