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At the beginning of the century, Carthage had a growing population of 500. It boasted a newly completed sewer system, artesian water supply, electric lights, $15,000 school house, and an $18,000 bank was in construction.

Carthage's population reached 700. It was home to Catholic, Federated, Norwegian, and Swedish Lutheran churches, 2 banks, 5 grain elevators, a flour mill, 2 creameries, an opera house, an electric light plant, and waterworks. The town also featured a weekly newspaper.

Carthage's population hovers around 140. Thanks to the tenacity of the community, a convenience store, bank, two restaurants, museum and many other businesses continue to be supported by the town.

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