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Tom Carr, 80, valley citizen for over half a century and water commissioner for water district No. 20, died of heart failure at his ranch home northeast of Del Norte Tuesday evening.

Funeral services will be held here tomorrow (Saturday) at the Del Norte Methodist Church, and burial will be made in the local cemetery.

A native Tennessean, Thomas Winfield Carr came to the San Luis valley in 1888, settling in the La Jara district, He later went to Creede during the boom days of the early 1890's and ten years later moved to Del Norte.

In 1910 he purchased the ranch northeast of Del Norte and for the past 30 years that has been the family home. During the ten years prior to purchase of the ranch h was engaged in the blacksmith and implement business in Del Norte.

Mr. Carr was born at Gallatin. Tennessee on November 7, 1859 As a young man he came west to Butler county, Kas,, and engaged in ranching until coming on west to the San Luis valley.

He was married to Miss Cordle Henry, at Augusta, Kansas, on December 27, 1883. To this union two children were born, H. Clyde Carr, of Del Norte and Mrs. Lulu Marold, of Saguache. The mother passed away in 1909 and three years later Mr. Carr and his wife's sister, Miss Ella Henry, were married in Del Norte.

Mr. Carr received his appointment from the governor of the state in 1916 as water, commissioner of the district, and has served in this position with loyalty and efficiency for a quarter of a century.

He has long been Identified with irrigation in the valley. Coming to La Jara in the late eighties, that district was Just opening up, and Mr. Carr planned and platted many of the well known ditches and helped bring many of the fine ranches of the La Jars district under irrigation. Down thru the years, he kept abreast of irrigation matters and was well informed on irrigation. Younger men sought his advice on water matters.

He was a devoted father and husband. A quiet, responsible family life he loved and led. He gave liberally of his time and support for projects upbuilding his home community.

The home ranch and the activities that revolved around the place, its upkeep, its crops, Its stock, all were close to him. He was ever active and even during the past two years, with failing health, he looked after. the home place carefully.

Mr. Carr is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ella Carr, his son, and daughter, eight grand children and four great grand children.

Mr. Carr belonged to the Methodist Church of Del Norte and was one of it's supporters down thru a long period of years. He was a member, of the Coronado Lodge, Knights of Pythias here, and in early days was one of the original directors of the old local, potato growers cooperative exchange, which later affiliated with the state organization.

Wells-Burress has charge of funeral arrangements.
Transcribed and Contributed by Marland Boucher

Last Updated:  Friday, November 18, 2005 02:15:05

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