One of the
pioneer families that settled in Elliott was the Emmett Carson family,
many of whose descendants still reside in or near Elliott. Emmett and his
brother Andros came to Elliott March 20, 1882.
sometimes known as Will or Bill, soon established a fine reputation as a
carpenter in the growing community and many of the houses and buildings he
built still stand and are in use today.
lovingly as “Uncle Doc” to all the family, elected to stay with the Eli
Guess family for six months. He taught school around Elliott for two
years, furthered his education and taught school for four years in Kansas.
He then went to Chicago where he attained his medical degree from Rush
Emmett were sons of William Carson who was born in Pennsylvania. William
married Marian Guess of Ohio in 1845. They had 14 children. They moved to
Illinois in September 1865 with four horses and two covered wagons.
Emmett was 10
years old at the time of the move from Ohio to Illinois. Emmett and his
wife, the former Catherine Sparr, were the parents of 13 children. Two
were born in Illinois, the others in Elliott.
Emmett and his
wife Catherine lived for a while in a small house directly across from the
present Church of Christ. The house is no longer standing, but at the time
the Carson family lived there, the church site was a cottonwood grove
where Evangelist Billy Sunday regularly set up his big revival tent. He
was a close friend of Emmett, who obliged by singing in the choir. Billy
accompanied Emmett on horseback jaunts about the county. Billy with his
fire-and-brimstone delivery, was well known to the older Carson children.
children included Charley, Everett, Bill, Walter, Harry, Gail, Glee,
Werrin, Clifford, and two daughters, Grace and Celeste. Grace still
resides in York, Nebr. Several of the children went to Nebraska and on to
Colorado to settle, while Walter, Harry, Charley and Everett chose to make
Elliott their home.
Carson, known for his ready wit, eventually added a fine new building to
the growing community. The medical building, built by his brother Emmett,
is now occupied by the Bob Morgan Insurance office.
many business houses and homes in Elliott, Red Oak and Griswold, and the
surrounding rural area. Included was the Osborn home that housed the
Elliott Telephone Co. at one time, and is now occupied by Inez Carlisle.
He also built the house kitty-cornered from the Elliott Garage for Hank
Leonard and his wife. At one time it was operated as a boarding house by
still resides in Elliott, as do two of his sons, Charles and Donald. His
daughter Donna Mae makes her home with him. One son Dick, is deceased. A
daughter, Catherine, named for her paternal grandmother, resides in
Catherine Carson Arnold