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Dr Franklin Marion Carter

Dr Franklin Marion Carter

Mercer County, Missouri, USA
Death 16 Oct 1937 (aged 94)
Newport, Lincoln County, Oregon, USA
Burial Newport, Lincoln County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 6419507 · View Source
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Dr. Carter lived on the south and central Oregon coast. He was the doctor to many Indian people on the Siletz Reservation, and wrote many of their obituaries in the local paper. He was a very tall man.
Dr. FRANKLIN MARION CARTER, M. D. [Early Oregonian]

A history of Lincoln county would be incomplete indeed, if no mention were made in it of one of Yaquina's most prominent and influential citizens, Dr. F. M. Carter. He has been engaged in the practice of medicine there since 1895, and at the time of his location in that city, he was a man of broad experience in his profession, having spent about thirteen years at his chosen calling on the Siletz Indian Reservation. Dr. Carter is also the proprietor of a fine drug store in Yaquina, which is up-to-date in all respects. He was born in Mercer county, Mo., July 1,1846, and he is a son of William and Rebecca(Sylvester) Carter, and grandson of Thomas

Thomas Carter was a personal friend of the illustrious G. Washington, under whom he served in our war for freedom. Although a native of North Carolina, during his latter years he went to South Carolina and later to Tennessee and farmed the after part of his life. He served during the entire Revolutionary war and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. William Carter, the father of Franklin M., was born at Wilmington, S. C. and accompanied his parents to Tennessee, locating near the City of Memphis, where he was educated. In 1843 they went lo Mercer county, Mo., and took up a homestead claim near Trenton, and was among the pioneer
settlers of that section. In 1852 he went overland to Oregon, making the trip in six months'time, behind ox-teams. Soon after his arrival in that state, he took up a donation claim of three hundred and twenty acres near Coburg in Lane county, and engaged in farming for many years. In 1870 he sold his farm and located in Benton County near Albany, and it was there that his death took place in 1871 at the age of sixty-seven years.

The mother of Franklin M. was an earnest Christian woman and was remarkable for her fortitude and bravery. She was born at Jonesboro, Tenn., and survived her husband many years. Her demise took place in 1883, at the extreme age of ninety-two years. She was first cousin to John B. Hood, a patriotic man and a well known educator. Her uncle, Capt. James Slaughter, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He officiated in the commissary department as guard, and helped handle and carry the silver used in paying off the soldiers. While crossing the plains in 1852 at Fort Laramie, about one-half of the emigrants insisted upon turning back, owing to hardships and the terrible ravages of cholera. Dr. Carter's mother was determined to continue the journey at all hazards, after having made the start, and it was due to her influence alone that the dissatisfied ones were persuaded to continue the journey. When at last they reached the goal of their ambition, she was showered with compliments, so completely satisfied were they with the new country, and they realized that she alone was responsible for their presence there. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dr. Carter is one of a family of five sons and four daughters, as follows: John, Henry and Alfred, the eldest three, are deceased; Henry and Alfred served in the Rogue River Indian war under General Kearney ; Isaac, who served in the commissary department in the Rogue River war and now resides at Mvrtle Point ; Rebecca, wife of Peter Meads, of Walla Walla, Wash.; F. M., the subject of this review ; Sanford, who follows mining at Jacksonville, Ore. ; Mrs. Mary Sellwood, of Portland. Ore. ; and Nancy deceased, who was the wife of Martin Williams. of Monroe, Ore.

Franklin M. Carter crossed the plains in 1852, and after completing the common school course, he became a student at
Wilbur Academy, in Douglas county, in 1862. and was graduated with the degree B. A. in 1865. after a three years attendance. He then followed teaching in Lane and Douglas counties until 1868, at that time entering the medical
department of the Willamette University. He was graduated from that institution with the class of 187J. with the degree of M. D. The following year, he took a post-graduate course in surgery in the Toland Medical Institute in San Francisco and was appointed physician of the Siletz Indian Reservation in 1874. The year his marriage took place. Dr. Carter served as physician and surgeon of this reservation for ten consecutive years, and during the years 1880 and 1881 he was also superintendent of the Indian school there. In 1891 he went to Elk City, and for three years was a general practitioner at that place, removing in 1895 to Yaquina, where, in connection with his profession, he opened a drug store. During the years of his residence there, he has built up a lucrative practice and is recognized as a man
of unusual skill and ability. He was elected coroner on the Republican ticket and served three terms. He was nominated on the same ticket in 1882 for state representative and was defeated by a very small majority. He has frequently
served as school director.

Dr. Carter was united in marriage at Cape Foulweather in 1874, with Olive E. Barker, who was born in Polk county, Ore., January 12, 1856, and her father, J. O. Barker, was a pioneer of that county, having settled there as early as 1852,upon a donation claim. He died at Philomath. Two children have blessed their union. The eldest of these, Irma DeEtte, is postmistress of Yaquina, Ore.; and Lora Beatrice, the younger, is a student in Philomath College, at Philomath,

Dr. Carter enlisted in 1865 in Company D,
First Oregon Volunteer Infantry, under Maj.
William E. Reinhart, and served one year as first
corporal of his company, stationed for a time at
Eugene, and was afterward sent into eastern
Oregon, where they did some Indian fighting.
He was mustered out at Vancouver, Wash., in
1866. He is a member of Abraham Lincoln Post,
(G. A. R., at Yaquina.

In fraternal circles the doctor is prominently
connected with the Woodmen of the World,
in which he is a past officer, and with the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, the Encampment,
and the Rebekah lodge. He has passed
all the chairs in the Odd Fellows, and is a member
of the Grand Lodge of the state. He was
reared in the Methodist Episcopal faith and he is
an active member of the church of that denomination,
having also served as trustee.

Dr. Carter is one of the most active politicians
in his section of the state. In 1880 he was
I^resident of the Garfield Club at Philomath,
Ore.: in 1896 he was president of the Elk City
McKinley club, and has frequently been a member
of both county and state central committees.
He has been very successful, and in addition
to his city property he owns other valuable real
estate in Lincoln county. His fine stock ranch
one mile from Elk City, on the Big Elk river,
contains four hundred acres. He keeps abreast
of the times in his profession as well as otherwise,
and in 1899, he was a prominent member
of the board of health of Yaquina. Dr. Carter
is a fine specimen of physical development, is six
feet, four inches tall, and weighs over two hundred
From the 'open source book', Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon, Chapman Publishing Co., 1904. This includes his photo.
Digitized by several institutions for use by the public.

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  • Created by: Ann Goddard
  • Added: 15 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6419507
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Franklin Marion Carter (1 Jul 1843–16 Oct 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6419507, citing Eureka Cemetery and Mausoleum, Newport, Lincoln County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Ann Goddard (contributor 46488007) .