Austin Downs Carrington

Austin Downs Carrington

Birth
Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Death 13 Sep 1888 (aged 32)
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 72435635 · View Source
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Born at "Longwood", reared at "Mildendo", Halifax County, VA, he took his schooling at Annapolis. According to his sister's account, he tired of schooling but stayed on at the request of his father until he resigned one month before graduation on May, 16, 1877. He wanted to make his fortune out west and traveled to San Francisco where he is found in 1878 as a freight clerk, 1879 a book keeper and on the 1880 census is working as a clerk for a stock broker. His domicile was the Russ House. His engineering skills enabled him to get a job as mine assistant in a smelter in Colorado for several years. In 1884 Austin is on the voter rolls in Benson, Az, a railroad hub. By 1885 he was given the superintendant responsibilities to engineer and manage the excavation of the Highland Canal near Mesa, Arizona. While swimming with companions James Searles and T.L. Schultz at a deep bathing hole near his camp on late Thursday morning Sept. 13, 1888, he developed cramps and drowned in the Salt River. It was reported that his funeral was a large one with 64 carriages in attendance. (Bio. by Jim Hutcheson)


Gravesite Details His body was sealed in a metallic casket and brought to Phoenix by his fellow Tempe Patriotic Sons of America. His grave stone has been lost along with many others over the years due to vandalism and weather.