Henry & Martha Carpenter first arrive

After receiving letters from Martha’s brother-in-law Walter Blanchard describing the opportunities out west, Henry and Martha decided to come west to farm. Walter, who sold him a hundred acres of land, had moved here in 1836. When Henry came here with his family in 1839 when there were only six families in the settlement, Blodgett, Curtiss, Blanchard, Smith, Paige, and Wallace.

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