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Carel, William (1848-1935)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/3/2011 at 14:29:07

LeMars Globe Post


William Carel, pioneer resident of this county and soldier in the reconstruction army after the Civil War, died at this home 501 Central Ave. SW Tuesday after suffering a stroke the week before.

William Carel was born Dec. 7, 1848 in Plattville, Grant County, Wisconsin and at the time of his death was 87 years, one month, and 8 days old. He attended the common schools until he was 10 years old and then began working out on the farm in Wisconsin. At the age of 18 he enlisted at at Dubuque, Iowa in Company L of the Fiftieth United States heavy artillery and was sent south to Covington, Kentucky. His services took him to several different forts in the south and he later spent eighteen months in Boston at Ft. Wagner where he was honorably discharged upon the expiration of his term of enlistment. He returned to Wisconsin engaging in farm work for three years and then purchased his own land there. In 1876 he came to Iowa and settled in Lincoln township of this county and began farming in true pioneer fashion. His land was wild, but he cleared and developed it into a good farm, making all the improvements including the erection of buildings. He was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Elizabeth Toomey on May 6, 1886 in Grant county Wisconsin. In 1859 [1899?]Mr. and Mrs. Carel moved to Kingsley where they resided until 1908 when they moved back to their farm for two years. In 1901 [1910] they have moved to LeMars and since have made their home in this city.

Mr. Carel was successful as a general farmer through his own efforts and integrity.He started with little capital and rode from his old home in Wisconsin to Plymouth County on horseback, but hard work made him a large land owner in this section. He was an extensive breeder, feeder, and buyer of fine cattle and hogs. Since his residence in this city, all who have had the opportunity of making his acquaintance have been glad to call this true soldier one of their friends. He was a very charitable man and during his army service in the south was one of the men who signed a petition to President Johnson asking for the release of Dr. Mud, the man who set the leg of Booth who was the assassin of President Lincoln. The deceased was a kind and loving husband and father and interested in civic affairs, serving as a member of the school board for some time. He was also a staunch member of St. James Catholic church in this city.

William Carel is survived by his wife; one son, Leo of Kingsley, one daughter, Bessie of LeMars, and one brother, James of LeMars. He was preceded in death bytwo daughters, Fannie and Florence; three sisters, Ellen Carel, Mrs. Mary Martin, and Annie Carel; and four brothers, Stephens, Thomas, John, and Edward.

Funeral services were conducted from St. James Catholic church this morning with Rev. L. J. Cooper officiating and burial was made in the Lincoln Township cemetery with Wiltgenís in charge of funeral arrangements.

NOTE: We could not find any Civil War Record. If you have any information, please contact submitter.


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