Dr John Addison Carter

Dr John Addison Carter

Oak Hill, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Mar 1913 (aged 79)
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
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John Addison Carter
Sept 29, 1833 - March 7, 1913

John Addison Carter was born Sept 29, 1833 in Oak Hill, PA to John Carter (born Berks CO, PA) and Sarah Wiley (born Lancaster CO, PA.

He was a prominent physician in Carthage, MO. He resided on East Chestnut with his wife and family.

~ built his home partially upon foundation of Elwood B James' (1807VA-1860MO)(brother-in-law of Col John M Richardson) built home lost during Civil War, the first Jasper county clerk, recorder & circuit court recorder, creator of Methodist Church south, among some of his deeds ~ (as noted by Bill Boggess)

He passed away on March 7, 1913 at 7:15 pm, diagnosed as La Grippe complicated with blood poisoning. He was 79 years, 5 months, and 8 days of age. His wife had preceded him in death.
The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.



Carthage Evening Press
Saturday March 8, 1918


Pioneer Physician Dies at His Suburban Home Last Night

Came to Carthage in 1865 - Always Intimately Associated with History of Town - Funeral Sunday.

Dr. J. A. Carter, one of the most extensive land holders in Jasper County and ranked as one of the wealthiest men in this district, died at 7:16 o'clock last night at the Carter home on East Chestnut Street. Death was due to a complication of ailments, brought about by his advanced years. He was 79 years old.
Until ten days ago, when he was compelled to take to his bed, he continued the practice of medicine and for a man of his years had an extensive list of patients, who would have no one but Dr. Carter when ill. His sickness rapidly developed for the worse. Thirty six hours prior to his passing away, he became unconscious. His health, it is said, had been failing for some time previous to his last sickness.

Dr. Carter perhaps was the pioneer physician of Jasper County. He came here in 1865, just at the close of the Civil War, in which conflict he saw service as a Union soldier. He located first at Bower Mills, but a little later came to Carthage and has been here ever since.
From the outset, his practice was large. He was for a time the only physician in Carthage and vicinity and he was kept busy day and night for many years. It is related that during the day his office was crowded with persons waiting for medical service. He was compelled to make long trips into the country and in the early days he made the visits on horseback. He always filled his own prescriptions. His intimate friends say that he never sued a patient for a bill and that when any person, no matter what the circumstances, called for him he was ready to answer that call. May are the times he gave his services without expecting any remuneration.

As he accumulated sums of money from his practice he purchased lands in this county he brought up hundreds and hundreds of acres for a very small sum and it increased in value as time rolled on. At the time of his death he was the heaviest taxpayer in Jasper County. He turned more than $2,000.00 into the county's coffers every year. From an authoritative source it was learned that he owned approximately 3000 acres in Jasper County. Besides he has a building on the north side of the square and other property in Carthage.

Much of his land is mineral yielding, while his farm land is highly valuable. Also it is said he owned property away from here, but the extent of his foreign holdings cannot be estimated at this time.
Dr. Carter formerly owned Carter's Park, located on East Chestnut Street. Several years ago he deeded this beautiful little tract to the city as a gift.
Always frugal and industrious, Dr. Carter had a liberal side in his nature. He gave freely to charity on many occasions, but these facts never became generally known because he hid his giving without ostentation and it was his desire that it should not be "noised about". His death removes another of the links connecting the Carthage of today with the Carthage of a half century ago, for he has been a resident of this city 48 years.

John A. Carter was born September 29, 1833 , at Oak Hill, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1850 he went with his father's family to Iowa, settling near Oskaloosa. There he taught school. For many terms he followed that vocation and the proceeds took him through college and gave him his medical education. He attended medical college at Keokuk, Iowa.
When the Civil War broke out, he was practicing his profession. He enlisted in what afterwards became Co. C of the 40th Iowa Infantry. He made an honorable record and rose in the rank of captain of his company. He served with distinction in several of the important engagements. At the close of the war he returned to Iowa and then came to Carthage.
He was married here July 19, 1888 to Olivia Seaman, of Carthage. She died December 31, 1906. One son was born of this union. He is John Carter, who was at his father's bedside. Of his father's family there are four sister and one brother. They are Mrs. M.M. Rice of Joplin, and Mrs. Sadie Andrews , of Modesto, California. Mrs. Rice was present when Dr. Carter died.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon at the residence. Dr. Samuel Blair, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, which lies near the Carter home.

Additional Information: Carter's Park near the east end of Chestnut avenue is the property of the city being a gift from Dr John A Carter This park was originally part of the farm owned by Dr. Carter on which he now resides his residence and farm being just beyond the city and park and adjoin them on the east. The park consists of about eight acres of ground and adjoining it is a large spring flowing from underneath a high bluff of limestone rock and the creek of which the spring is the source flows through the park The city's electric lighting plant is located in the edge of the park The gift to the city was a valuable one and will ever remain as a lasting reminder of the generosity of its donor.
(Bio by NJBrewer )

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