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Capt Michael J Carter

  • Birth 24 Dec 1895 County Mayo, Ireland
  • Death 9 Jun 1950 Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 57077855

Damage was estimated at $315,000 today in a Hollywood factory- -and-office-building fire that cost the life of Fire Captain Michael J. Carter.
Captain Carter was apparently seized with a heart attack as he directed five fire companies fighting the blaze at the Alco Research & Engineering Co., 1107 N. El Centro Ave., and died en route to Hollywood Receiving Hospital.
Firemen said the flames originated in a rear office of the Alco Co., a recording concern, and spread through a grated but uncovered window into a record-storage room. It spread upward and virtually destroyed the commercial photographic studio of Green & Tillisch, 1103 N. El Centro.
The engineering company, which handles specialty recording, had 250,000 finished recordings in storage, according to A. H. Levine, one of the operators of the company. Levine said the finished records were valued at a dollar each.
Mrs. Leland Green, of the commercial photographic studio, estimated the concern's loss at $50,000 in equipment, work done and stored negatives.
Asst. Fire Chief Pat Ferguson estimated the damage to the building at $15,000. The owner of the structure was reported to be Winter Horton, brother of Edward Everett Horton, actor.
Raymond J. Cornfield, an accountant with offices in the upper part of the burned building, also suffered property loss.
Captain Carter, who had been a member of the Fire Department nearly 25 years, suddenly sank to the sidewalk in front of the burning building, witnesses reported. Hollywood Rescue Unit No. 27 was called, its members working over him for some time without avail. Captain Carter had been appointed a captain in 1932. He headed Engine Co. 27.
A native of Ireland, Captain Carter resided at 5532 Klump Ave., North Hollywood. He is survived by his widow; two sons, Thomas Joseph Carter, 21, of San Fernando, and John Carter, 26, North Hollywood, and two daughters, Mrs. William Kearns, 25, North Hollywood, and Mrs. Richard Koenig, 23, Pacoima.
Captain Carter's sons-in-law, William Kearns and Richard Koenig, are members of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Michael J. Carter, 55, of 5532 Klump Ave., North Hollywood, is dead today, victim of a heart attack suffered while directing the battle against a $315,000 blaze in Hollywood.
A rescue squad worked frantically over the fallen captain for 30 minutes before he was pronounced dead.
Capt. Carter, commander of Engine Co. 27 and described as one of the department's finest officers, would have completed his 25th year of service next November.
The fire late yesterday swept through a two-story office building and warehouse at 1103-07 N. El Centro Ave. The building was reported to be the property of Encino Actor Edward Everett Horton.
Capt. Carter is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sue Carter; two daughters and two sons, and five brothers.
Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the J. T. Oswald Chapel, Requiem mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Charles Church, and internment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Capt. Carter was member of the Legion of Valor, and won the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I.


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  • Created by: Tom Whitehurst
  • Added: 15 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57077855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Michael J Carter (24 Dec 1895–9 Jun 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57077855, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Tom Whitehurst (contributor 47250352) .