Herbert Carleton was born on January 1,
1869 in Hartford, Conn. He graduated from Carleton College
in Northfield, Minnesota,
in 1891 and spent three years at Hartford Theological Seminary.
He taught in a small town in Kentucky for one year, was
principal of a school in New Ulm for several years, and
taught in Delano for several years before coming to
St. Louis Park. From 1901-04 he served as Park’s
Superintendent of Schools
(the same thing as the principal of the high school).
At that time the entire school system was located at
Carleton took his own advice and had several rental
properties. He didn’t drive, and could be seen walking down
the street with his wheelbarrow, looking like Uncle Sam,
tending to his houses. One of them was purportedly the
House, which was wrecked in the tornado in 1925 but rescued,
later moved, and is occupied today. One memoir recalls
that he walked to the Hennepin County Courthouse in
Minneapolis to save the Village carfare when he was on
They had four children: Hazen, of Duluth; Dr. Rachel Sparks of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. V.E. Peterson; and Lois Carleton, the last two of the Park at the time of their father's death.
Herbert Carleton died on Monday, April 5, 1943. Funeral services were at Union Congregational Church. Pallbearers were prominent citizens Joseph Justad, Jake Werner, Joe Williams, George Whipple, Andrew Piedson, and Andrew Cairncroos.. Burial was in the family lot at Mankato, Minnesota.
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