Obit: Carter, Edwin D. (1839 – 1906)
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----Source: Fairchild Observer (Fairchild, Wis.) 8/16/1906
Carter, Edwin D (12 May 1839 – 3 Aug 1906)
Edwin D. Carter was born in Farmingham, Mass., May 12, 1839, and died Aug. 3rd at 2 p.m., at the family home in Eau Claire. He came to Humbird in 1869 and opened a store at this place. He was one of the few men who saw the immense possibilities in the lumber industry, and to his merchantile business he added a small mill, gradually enlarging the plant until he controlled one of the largest mills in this section of the state at that time. He continued his business at Humbrid until he had exhausted all the pine tributary to his mill and in 1884 he closed out his many interests here and went west. This time he went to northern Idaho, in the Bitter Root mountains, in the Coeur D’Alene district. Locating where the city of Wallace now stands, with his customary energy he cleared the town site, furnished capital to start the town and erected a fine hotel, known as the Carter House, put up buildings to rent and through his thrift, energy and means, transformed the wilderness into a prosperous mining and lumbering district. The Carter House became prominent in that region, numbering among its guests prominent statesmen and business men and prospectors. Even while his great interests in the west were in their prime, his own personal interests were centered in his home, which was always maintained in this village. While he seemed to be in vigorous physical health, he was stricken down with paralysis, which responded to treatment but the next spring was taken with uremia, while at Wallace. He returned to Humbird in April199? where he resided until taken to Eau Claire a couple of months ago. – Humbird Enterprise.
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