Thad P. Carr
On Sunday morning, August 1st, word was received here from St. Paul, Minn., announcing that T.P. Carr had passed away there the previous night. The information did not come as a surprise to his relatives and friends here, as, since the middle of of April, when his condition became critical they had been kept constantly informed.
Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Neibel and Hugh Carr arrived here with the body on Tuesday evening. It was taken to the residence of T.C. Hirst where funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, following which it was laid in Glen Forest by the bodies of his wife and son.
Yellow Springs was almost Mr. Carr’s life long home, since he came here with his parents, from near Jeffersonville, Fayette County, when a small boy receiving his education in the public schools and at Antioch College from which he graduated in 1871, after which he lived in Cincinnati when connected with the piano Manufactory of Baldwin and Company.
In 1873 he married Miss Elizabeth Botsford, whose death occurred in April 1919. They had three children, two of whom are living, Hugh and Mrs. Frank Neibel, both reside in St. Paul. Their brother, Dr. William B. Carr, whose home was in Minneapolis, died in 1914. There are two grandchildren, Margaret and Dorothy Neibel. Mr. Carr’s ancestors on both the fathers and mother’s side came to Ohio from the eastern part of the state now called West Virginia, the Carr’s from Frederick County not far from Winchester, the Thomas’s, the mother’s family from Shenandoah County. Ohio had not then been long a state.
The mother’s father, Joseph Thomas did heroic work in the early pioneer days of Ohio, having had some educational advantages in his own youth, he labored indefatigable to bring instruction and religious influences to the early settlers and their children. This he did with zeal and earnestness regardless of his own personal comfort. He was greatly revered by them and came to be known thru the southern part of Ohio as the “White Pilgrim” because of his costume which was of white cloth. He left two children a son and a daughter. The son Plato Thomas died in this place several years ago. His only living representative is Mrs. Herman Schilling of Springfield. The daughter was twice married, first to Mr. Baker who was the father of the late Mrs. J.H. Little, her second husband was William Carr, long a resident of this place, who was the father of Wallace and Thadeus Carr.
It is quite safe to say no one in Yellow Springs who spent his nearly entire life here was more generally respected than Thad Carr. He ever had the kindly word to speak and the cheerful smile to give. He was always courteous and hospitable and an agreeable companion. He was a critical reader and a deep thinker.
He has gone from among us and will be much missed by his friends who will always retain of him a pleasant memory. It is our faith he has gone from work here to more advanced work Beyond.
The inspired poet Whitter, says:
I know not what the future hath
Of Marvel or Surprises,
I only know that life or death,
His mercy underlies.
I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air,
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His loving care.