“Joseph C. Carden, the assessor of Green township, Nodaway county, elected in 1889, is one of the most popular and best known citizens of the county. He was born April 5, 1868, on the homestead farm of his father, J.W. Carden, a prominent popular citizen, one of the oldest of the pioneer settlers of the county,and now the mayor of Ouitman…
J.S. Carden was the fourth son and sixth child of a family of seven children born to his parents, and spent his youthful days on the farm, whee he was taught industrious habits and honest methods in all his transactions. The labor performed on the farm gave him a sound body and great strength, fitting him for the harder labor and more severe trials of life that belong more especially to manhood’s lot. His education was secured in the pulic schools and in the State University, and he also took a commercial course, which he finds of great use to him in his daily business transactions.
Remaining at home on the farm until he was twenty-six years of age, Joseph S. Carden began life on his own account, purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of wild land, but still remaining at home until he was married. His farm, the ‘Blue Grass Valley Farm,’ is one of the finest in the county, and his home one of the finest in his township. His entire one hundred and sixty acres are well fence off into fields for grain, pasture, etc., his blue-grass pastures and meadows rivaling those in the famous blue-grass regions of Kentucky. He has one of the finest barns in the county, and his residence is a model of modern style, with bay windows and porches. The entire home exhibits evidences of taste,culture and refinement, having a beautiful yard, neatly kept lawn, flowers and shrubs. The house was erected in 1896.
Mr. Carden is engaged in general farming and the stock business, and is one of the successful men of the county. He was married, November 4, 1896, to Miss Lida Ware, a woman of intelligence and good family, well educated and a teacher before her marriage from the time she was fifteen years of age. She is the daughter of H.H. Ware, deceased, who was a prominent and well known citizen. He was born in Ross county, Ohio, and moved thence to Nodaway county, Missouri. He was a brave soldier during the war of the Rebellion, serving as the adjutant of the Fourty-fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry and afterward as a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. His wife, Miss Milly Needles was a native of Missouri, and by her he had six children, viz.: John E. Mrs. Lida Garden, Samuel F., H.A., Glen D. and Allen E.
Joseph Carden is a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges of Quitman. Mrs. Carden is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and stands high in the estimation not only of her sister members of the church but also among all the people of the community in which she lives. Mr. Carden may be properly classed among the self-made men, as he had but little assistance from his family or friends, and what he has accomplished has been manly through his own unaided efforts.”
Source: A Biographical History of Nodaway and Atchison Counties, Missouri, The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1901,pages 338-39