Cart Arden Carter was born in 1894 on the Necktie Ranch in Walnut Grove, Arizona, a ranch that had been in the family since his grandfather, William "Uncle Billy" Pierce acquired it in 1881. Cart graduated from Tempe Normal {now Arizona State University). He served with the 135th Infantry in France during World War I, and married Stella Byrd Cartwright in 1918. On his discharge from the Army, he returned to Walnut Grove to ranch with his father, "J.O:' Carter, eventually buying his mother out of the ranch after his father's death. Cart was the first elected president of the Yavapai Cattle Growers' Association when it was formed in 1932. He was also active all his life in the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association. A lifelong Republican, he twice ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Arizona state senate, in 1932 and 1934. He also served for 15 years as clerk of the Walnut Grove School Board. Today the ranch, which covers an entire township, is still in the family, run by Cart's son, Cortland Arden Carter II and grandson Cortland Arden Carter Ill. Cart was an Arizona pioneer and known to all as a "true gentleman'.