See the autobiographical My Days and Dreams (1916); biography by S. Rowbotham (2009); E. Delavenay, D. H. Lawrence and Edward Carpenter (1971).
See biography by J. E. Carpenter (1879, 2d ed. 1881, repr. 1973).
There were 50 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.43.
In the city the population was spread out with 36.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 14.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $34,167. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,864. There were 10.0% of families and 5.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 20.0% of those over 64.
Carpenter is known for hosting summer softball league play at its two lighted ballfields, part of the Carpenter Community Center. The Community Center is the former gymnasium of Carpenter's high school, which consolidated with St. Ansgar, IA schools in the 1960s. The gymnasium is frequently rented out for private events, dances and weddings.
Businesses in town as of 2006 included Dockum TV and Appliance, Northwood Co-op Elevator Carpenter Branch, Tiny's Livestock, and Carpenter Bar and Grill. Carpenter Bar and Grill, formerly known as RJ's, was a popular hangout which drew clientele from within a 30-mile radius before it was totally destroyed by fire early in the morning hours of June 19, 2006. In the immediate aftermath it was not clear whether the proprietor, John Schmall, planned to rebuild or not.