|Birth: ||Aug. 16, 1817|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 1907|
The envelope is about 3" by 5". Both it and the stationary are lined
completely on both sides in black. It is addressed to Mrs. Ellen Pierce,
Springdale, Ark. The postmark is Spokane, Washington, Feb. 18, 1907, 6
PM. A red stamp is placed upside down.
The letter reads:
Feb. 13, 1907
Dear Aunt Ellen,
I write you this letter to tell you that your dear old mother is at
rest at last. She died at 8:40 P.M. Sunday Feb. 10th. We buried her
Tuesday. Grandma was the most beautiful corpse I have ever seen. She
did not look to be over fifty years old.
We got your letter just two days before she died. She was glad to
hear from you and was also glad to hear from little Hazel. Grandma
suffered terribly before she died. She took the hemorahage of the head
and lungs on Tuesday and blead every little while until she died on
Sunday. Grandma had very beautiful burial clothes. I picked them out
and helped to made them.
She had white stocking and gloves. Her shroud was cream colored
albatross. I am sending you a piece of the dress and trimming. The
ceremony was held in the M.E. Church in Coeur d' Alene. She was buried
in Forest Cemetery. Her funeral expenses were two hundred and fifty
dollars. She had a lovely casket. It cost one hundred dollars. Uncle
Willie was here when she died and also went to the funeral but he did not
offer to help pay for anything. Grandma did not talk on her death bed
although she was conscious to the last. She was most too weak to talk.
She divided her things among her children and left some things to
you. We will send them as soon as possible. We were all so sorry to
lose dear Grandma, but we know she is far better off than we. We done
everything in our power to save her and she never wanted a thing but what
she got it. She had the very best of care. Write and tell me if you get
this letter and if there is anything I have forgotten to tell you, I will
From your affectionate niece,
Mrs. Edythe Hill
Feb. 11, 1907
Death of Mrs. D. T. Hill
Mrs. D. T. Hill, mother of E. and W.O. Hill died at Halfround Bay
yesterday at the age of 90 years. The funeral will be held tomorrow
morning at nine o'clock at the chapel of the Couer d' Alene Undertaking
Company. Rev. J. P. Braker officiating. The interment will be made in
The Journal Couer d' Alene Idaho
Friday February 15, 1907 (front page)
Death Calls at Advanced Age of 90
Remains brought to this city Tuesday for burial
Mrs. Debora T. Hill, mother of William and E. Hill, died Sunday at 6
o'clock p.m. at the home of her son, William at Half Round Bay, Idaho, at
the advanced age of 90 years. The body was brought to this city and
funeral services were held Tuesday at 9 o'clock a.m. from the chapel of
the Couer d' Alene Undertaking Co. Rev. Barker of the Methodist
Episcopal church officiating. Interment being in the Forest Cemetery.
Just a work about Forest Cemetery. It is here in Coeur d' Alene it
is all covered with a well kept lawn there are a great many fir trees in
the cemetery many exceeding 100 feet in height. This cemetery covers
approximately 21 acres and contains about 13,000 burials.
Deborah Theresa Carr Hill
Deborah Theresa Carr was born in Ohio on August 16, 1817. On June
12, 1837 she married Lucius Hill in Ames twp. Athens Co., Ohio settling
on a farm close to his parents, Nathan and Lucy (Bennett) Hill who were
early settlers of the area.
In 1856 the family moved to Davis Co., Iowa settling on land on Lick
Creek. Deborah told of bushwackers who crossed into Iowa over the
Missouri border causing much damage and distress in the area. Lucius
left the family soon after arriving in Iowa and returned to Ohio and
Deborah divorced him in 1866.
She remained on the farm until the summer of 1886 when she moved
with son Egbert and family to the Big Bend Country in Washington. In
1902 they again moved, this time homesteading land on Carlin Bay near
Cour d' Alene, Idaho.
Deborah was a mid-wife and often told the women in her family not to
have a doctor attend them during childbirth claiming that they " weren't
clean enough". She delivered most of the babies in the family,
including her great grand-children, Ethel (Schwartz) Harper, one of the
great grand-children, now living in Martinez, Ca., clearly remembers her
great grandmother living with them in a log cabin in Id. when her younger
sister, MIldred, was born there in 1901.
The children called Deborah, "Big Grandma" and her daughter-in-law,
Eliza Ann, "Little Grandma". Both women barely reaching the height of
five feet but Deborah, being on athe stout side, earned her this nickname.
In a ledger book passed down to Deborah from her father-in-law,
Nathan Hill, written in her hand, are several cures and treatments.
Among them is this recipe for salve.
" 1/2 oz. quicksilver
1/2 oz. nitric acid
put in bottle and let stand for one hour then take 1/2 lb. lard.
Boil it all down"
Deborah died Feb. 10, 1907 at age 89 at Carlin Bay, Idaho. The
family arrived at the funeral in Cour d' Alene by steamboat and she was
buried at Forest cemetery in that town.
Walter Moore Carr (1773 - 1856)
Mary Polly Harrison Carr (1784 - 1865)
Ezra Philip Hill (1842 - 1926)*
Egbert Payne Hill (1843 - 1942)*
Ellen Hill Pierce (1849 - 1937)*
William Perry Hill (1855 - 1952)*
Eldridge Allen Hill (1857 - 1953)*
Hamilton James Carr (1810 - 1877)*
Perry Oscar Allen Carr (1814 - 1874)*
Deborah T Carr Hill (1817 - 1907)
Created by: Michael Young
Record added: Jul 10, 2011
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