William Wallace Carr was born in 1843 in Fayette County, Ohio and moved to Yellow Springs, at the age of thirteen, with his parents and siblings. Carr graduated from Antioch College in 1869 and in the fall of 1870, Carr began his agricultural business. Carr’s Nurseries became one of the largest nurseries in the country. Their specialty was small evergreen trees that were sought after from people throughout the country. In 1923, Carr expanded the nursery and remained the general manager of the nursery for forty-seven years. According to Dill’s History of Greene County, during his lifetime Carr filled numerous offices within the Village of Yellow Springs including: mayor, justice of the peace, councilman and school director.