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Dr Carl Robert Bogardus, Sr
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Birth: May 1, 1906
Death: Dec. 16, 1992

Dr. Carl R. Bogardus

Physician, writer, historian and genealogist, Carl R. Bogardus, died Wednesday, December 16, 1992, at St. Luke Hospital West following a short illness. He was 86 years old.

A native of Warsaw and a self-admitted "river rat" Dr. Bogardus, or Dr. Carl as he was affectionately known, carried on a life-long love affair with his hometown roots and with the Ohio river. Although he traveled widely, even moving to Austin, Indiana where he practiced medicine for many years, it was to Warsaw and to the banks of the Ohio that he returned when he retired in 1977. "Retired" is hardly a correct description of the way the doctor spent his time after returning home. He was a contributor to the Gallatin County News where his popular column"Glimpses Into The Past", ran each week. He was a contributor to the handsome hardcover River Book, published by the city of Cincinnati.

In addition he researched and wrote several booklets and historical monographs. He generously opened his files whenever asked, and the request could come from a high school student, newspaper reporter, or a university professor. Two years ago he donated his extensive collection of Ohio River memorabilia to the Steeles Library, Northern Kentucky University, to be used by historians of the future.

He was a founding member of the Gallatin County, Historical Society, overseeing and guiding the restoration and renovation of the Hawkins-Kirby House, the society's home and museum. He did this as he did everything he undertook-meticulously. His dedication and the careful notes he kept on the reconstruction resulted in, not one, but three matching grants from the state to complete the work.

Because of his deep interest in history, Dr. Carl was instrumental in researching the old homes of Warsaw to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a genealogist, his files included copies of county records of over a century ago. He visited all the burial places in the county, recording from the stones, names and dates that are part of the history of our community.

Dr. Bogardus became blind five years ago, but he did not stop writing. Using his prodigious memory and a dictating machine he was able to continue the historical sketches that were looked forward to by the readers of The News. His other activities included his 58 year membership in Tadmor Masonic Lodge No. 108. He was a founding member of the Austin, Ind., Lions Club. He was presented with his 50 year pin from that organization in 1989. He was also a member of the Capt. William Arnold Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as other historical and genealogical societies.

Born May 1, 1906, Dr. Bogardus was the son of Oren Arthur and Nancy Ballard Bogardus. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1924 and received his premedical education at Hanover College. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1930. Then followed a 15-month internship at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone.

Upon his return to the states he was employed for three years as County Health Officer at Hyden, Kentucky, where he was truly a physician on horseback. Returning to this area, he carried on a general practice of medicine at Glencoe until 1935 when he moved to his hometown Warsaw. In 1938 he moved to Austin, Ind., where he practiced for the next 39 years. He returned to Warsaw in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Sue McDarment Bogardus; a son, Carl R. Bogardus Jr. of Oklahoma City; daughters Nancy B. West and Rhoda Jane Cornwell, both of Falls Church, Va.; a brother, B.P. (Jim) Bogardus, Warsaw; a sister Rhoda Jane Anderson of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 19, at the Carlton-Lowder Funeral Home. Speakers were Dr. Bogardus Jr. And Rev. Scott Cox of the Warsaw Christian Church. Masonic funeral rites began the service. Those taking part were Master Mason Dobie Rider, Senior Warden John Wright, Graves Bogardus, Jerry Satchwell, Bodian Baker Sr., and Charles Baker. The family suggest memorials to the Gallatin County Historical Society or the Tadmor Masonic Lodge.
Family links: 
  Sue McDarment Bogardus (1920 - 2012)
New Warsaw Cemetery
Gallatin County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Bill Davis
Record added: May 28, 2012
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Dr Carl Robert Bogardus, Sr
Added by: Bill Davis
Dr Carl Robert Bogardus, Sr
Added by: Bill Davis
Dr Carl Robert Bogardus, Sr
Added by: Bill Davis
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