|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1826|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1912|
Col. Seymour David Carpenter, father of Mrs. A.G. Harrow, Mrs. W.D. Elliott and Mrs. Catherine Taylor, died yesterday morning at 11:30 in the Royal Victoria hospital in Montreal, Canada, where he been under treatment for Bright's disease since Monday. At his bedside when death came were his daughters and Mrs. Carpenter. The body will arrive in Ottumwa Sunday morning on Burlington No. 2. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The death of Mr. Carpenter closes the career of a pioneer Iowan, a builder of railroads and public utilities, and a warrior who was twice honored with commissions from Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson. He had lived in Ottumwa from 1866 to 1881, and in those early days of this community, he was one of the foremost men of the city. He was active in building the Burlington and Missouri river railroad from this city to the western terminal and the St. Louis and Cedar Rapids railroad from the south line of this city. Later his attention was directed to the building of gas and water plants being identified with the constructed and management of the plants in Marshalltown, Ia and Appleton. Wis. Mr. Carpenter responded to the call of his country when the rebellion broke out by taking an active part in raising the first company at Linn county, where he resided at the time, and in the service he served first as surgeon and later as medical director. When mustered out for faithful and meritorious service he was given the commission of lieutenant colonel.
Seymour David Carpenter was a descendant of a Swiss family, which emigrated from the canton of Berne in 1706, and settled in Lancaster county, Penn. A part of the family including the grandfather left Pennsylvania and settled in and named Lancaster, Ohio in 1802. The decendent was born near that place April 20, 1826. He was educated at Granville College Ohio and when nineteen years of age he went as a teacher to Holly Springs, Minn. Returning in 1847 to Lancaster he commenced the study of medicine in the office of two well known physicians and in 1849 he was graduated as a doctor of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. During the same year he removed to Cedar Rapids, then a town of 200 inhabitants. He practiced for five years and in 1854 engaged in real estate transactions. He was married to Miss Sarah Weare in 1850, and in 1858 with John Weare and Henry Stubbs, he opended a banking business which continued until the establishment of the First National Bank of Cedar Rapids.
When the rebellion broke out, Mr Carpenter took an active part in raising the first company enlisted in Linn county and by order of the Governer Kirkwood he clothed, subsisted and transported it to Keokuk where the first regiment was organized. In 1862 Mr. Carpenter received the appointment of assistant surgeon in the army and joined the United States forces on the Potomac. From there he was ordered to Benton barracks, St. Louis and in a few weeks to Fayetteville, Ark. where he had charge of the general hospital. While there Fayetteville was attacked by the enemy and with 300 patients and nurses fell into the hands of the confederates. Mr. Carpenter was taken out of the rebel lines under a flag of truce and ordered for duty at Memphis, where after a few months of hospital service he was made medical director of the district of the border with headquarters at Kansas City. Later he was made medical director of the important district of St. Louis and again fell into the enemy's hands at Piolet Knob, but was released under the flag of truce. He was mustered out of the service in July 1865 for faithful and meritorious service and rendered the commission of Lieutenant colonel.
Col. Carpenter removed to Ottumwa in 1866 and in 1881 he removed to the south and locating in Plaqaemine, Louisana, he engaged in the manufacturing of cypress shingles. In 1885 he was elected president of the Southern Lumber and Shingle association with headquarters in New Orleans. Mrs. Carpenter died in 1889. In 1898 Col. Carpenter went to Europe and in 1900 at Rome, Italy he was married to Mrs. Fannie Emerson. The family has been making Chicago and the south their home since returning from abroad, and had been spending the summer in Montreal when death came.
The funeral services over the remains of Col. Carpenter will be held Monday morning at 10:00 at the residence of Mr. And Mrs. A. G. Harrow, 433 West Fourth street. Interment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.
Sarah L. Weare Carpenter (1825 - 1889)*
Katherine C. Carpenter Taylor (1851 - 1924)*
Mary Lowell Carpenter Harrow (1855 - 1951)*
Sarah Carpenter Elliott (1858 - 1961)*
Ralph Weare Carpenter (1859 - 1891)*
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Record added: Sep 07, 2004
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