Carl Edward Wilson

Carl Edward Wilson

Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Colorado, USA
Death 6 Nov 1997 (aged 62)
Silverton, Shoshone County, Idaho, USA
Burial Lafayette, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Plot A vial of his ashes placed in his parents' shared grave; remaining ashes scattered at Hauser Lake, Montana, Coeur d'Alene Lake, Idaho, & Coeur d'Alene River - near Kilarney Lake, Idaho
Memorial ID 14671530 · View Source
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Carl's birth name was "James Edward" after his grandfather, James Edward McGuire. However, when still a child, he asked his mother if he could change it to Carl "because I know too many Jim's and I want to have my own name." He chose Carl, with he and his mother making it official at the local courthouse. He grew up in several mining towns across western states before he and his family came to Wallace, Idaho, where both he & his younger brother graduated from Wallace High School.

Served US Army 1956 to 1958 as PFC Co. A 1st Infantry Regiment: Basic training Fort Ord, CA, missile training in El Paso, TX and White Sands, NM. While serving in the Nike Missile Base in Newport, RI., he met the girl he would marry, & they made their life together in Idaho. They owned one of the first homes ever built in Silverton, ID and maintained it with great care and pride. He made his career in Osburn, Idaho at the IGA grocery store, earning many employee achievement awards, among them the most prestigious honor of being the only non-owner to become a vested-interest-employee of his 32+ years with IGA.

He was a fly-fisherman and hunter in northern Idaho and western Montana. In Carl's later years, he discovered boat trolling for land-locked salmon.

Their 3 children have fond memories of Carl building his own meat smoker in the backyard from a discarded old wood stove and a broken refrigerator ~ With his creation, he made the best smoked salmon and turkey imaginable!

He worked closely with Betty Fee, who lost her son in the Sunshine Mine Disaster, in designing the landscaping for the memorial to the 91 miners. It remains today at I-90 exit 54, east of Kellogg, ID.

About two miles west on the same frontage road at the I-90 exit 54, is the Crystal Gold Mine, where two ore buckets are on display that he salvaged. He fashioned his own pulley & lever system to rescue each bucket from the old Revenue Gulch Mine area above Silverton, ID. Not an easy task alone with each weighing-in at 500 pounds plus, but with skill and determination he did it.

Carl E. Wilson is included on the "Wall of Honor" of the Veteran's Memorial at the corner of Hill Street and Railroad Avenue, in Kellogg, Shoshone Co., ID. Its display piece is a 155 Howitzer Cannon, M114A2 7857. Photos of the progress of the project can be found at this website:

He died at home with his youngest daughter and his wife at his side.

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  • Created by: L Pritchett
  • Added: 21 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14671530
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Edward Wilson (29 Jan 1935–6 Nov 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14671530, citing Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, Contra Costa County, California, USA ; Maintained by L Pritchett (contributor 46847179) .