Biography of Thomas Carr
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THOMAS CARR. - Nothing contributed to the American colonization of California in greater degree than the discovery of gold. In the years following that memorable occurrence men sought the Pacific coast from every section of the world, among these Argonauts being Thomas Carr, a native of Belfast, Ireland, and an immigrant to the United States in young manhood. Daily toil in Wisconsin brought him a livelihood, but nothing beyond a bare subsistence, so that he was eager to try his fortune in the great unknown region beyond the barren plains and desolate mountains. Nor did he have reason to regret the decision that made him a resident of California, for although he failed to find the hoped for wealth in the mines and did not, indeed, become very rich at any time or in any occupation, he made a comfortable living and gained many warm, devoted friends in both Trinity and Humboldt counties.

After having made his home at Weaverville, Trinity county, from 1852 to 1868, in the latter year Mr. Carr removed to Humboldt county and settled in Eureka, where he was a pioneer carriage maker. From that time until his death he was identified with the county seat. It was his good fortune to retain to the last his mental and physical faculties. His clear memory enabled him to recall many thrilling events of the '50s and frequently he narrated early happenings that had much to do with the shaping of ultimate achievements in the west. Personally he possessed the ready wit of his race, the habit of viewing the world with a cheerful spirit and a keen humor from which his kind heart kept every trace of satire. While living in Trinity county he became a charter member of the North Star Lodge No. 61, I. O. O. F. and Stella Encampment No. 12, while later he identified himself with the Veteran Odd Fellows of Weaverville. Through his marriage to Anne Hodgins he became the father of five children, namely: Elizabeth H., Mary A., Emma Edward Baker and Kate L., Mrs. Harpst, of Eureka. The first named makes her home with Mrs. Harpst, and the others are deceased.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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