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R.H.L. Carpenter & Family
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Lee & Sarah Carpenter, probably their wedding photo

Standing (L to R): Wava Mary, Abraham Lloyd, Raymond Alfonzo, Earl Spencer, Hazel Isabel
Seated (L to R): Dale Wilson, Richard Henry Lee, Sara Elizabeth Zook, Walter Dewillis
Date: 1905-1906

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Ancestor Ancestor's Parents Ancestor's Grandparents
Richard H. L. Carpenter (1867-1944) Henry Carpenter (1828-1878) Thomas Carpenter (1810-1848)
Nancy Elizabeth Conrad\Conard (1810-?) 
Phebe K. Brown (1824/28-1850/56) Samuel Brown (1797-?)
Phebe Smith (1800-?)

15. Richard Henry Lee Carpenter "Lee" (Henry, Thomas) was born on 15 Jun 1867 in Akan Twp., Richland Co, Wisconsin. He died on 6 Jun 1944 in Longville, Cass Co., Minnesota. The cause of death was Prostate Cancer and Heart Disease. He was buried about 9 Jun 1944 in Cass Co., Minnesota, Cemetery has not been located yet. Lee was employed as Farmer, Teamster. He is buried in Cass Co., Minnesota More Info.

Lee married Sarah Elizabeth Zook daughter of Abraham Zook and Mary Ann Strain on 20 Jul 1889 in Dows, Wright or Franklin Co., Iowa. Sarah was born on 30 Nov 1861 in Oregon, Dane Co., Wisconsin. She died on 16 Feb 1934 in Power Twp., Cass Co., Minnesota. Cemetery has not been located yet. 

Surname variations: Sook, Zaug, Zeog, Zoch, Zock, Zoog, Zook, Zouck, Zuch, Zucck, Zuck, Zug, Zugg, Zur

Lee and Sarah had the following children:

+ 109 M i Lloyd Abraham Carpenter was born on 18 May 1890 in Latimer, Franklin Co., Iowa. He died on 23 Apr 1954 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota. The cause of death was Coronary Occlusion due to Arteriosclerosis. He was buried on 26 Apr 1954 in Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota. He served in the military, WWI, Field Remount, QMC in Selles sur Cher, Loir et Cher, France. Lloyd married Tillie Oleson daughter of Ole L. Oleson and Anne Maria Olsdatter Hanson on 21 May 1910 in Clarion, Wright Co., Iowa. Tillie was born on 22 Aug 1890 in Oakland Twp., Franklin Co., Iowa. She died on 15 Jun 1985 in Golden Valley, Hennepin Co., Minnesota. She was buried on 5 Oct 1985 in Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota. Tillie was employed as a Chef/Cook.Tillie married (2) Aaron W. Dilley 
+ 110 M ii Earl Spencer Carpenter was born on 30 Aug 1891. He died on 3 Aug 1957.
  111 F iii Wava Mary Carpenter was born on 22 Mar 1894 in Franklin Co., Iowa. She died on 10 Aug 1963 in Hennepin Co., Minnesota. She was buried in Aug 1963 in Evergreen Cem., Backus, Cass Co., Minnesota. Wava married (1) John A. Havirland Jr. son of John A. and Nellie Havirland Sr. on 20 Jun 1912 in Dows, (see note), Iowa. The marriage ended in divorce.They were divorced before 1940. John was born on 11 Jul 1891 in Postville, Allamakee Co., Iowa . He died on 3 Apr 1954. Wava married (2) Warren Winnefred Kimball son of William and Ann Elizabeth Kimball in 1940 in Backus, Cass Co., Minnnesota. Warren was born on 16 Sep 1874 in LaCrosse, Monroe Co., Wisconsin. He died on 19 Dec 1950 in Backus, Cass Co., Minnesota. He was buried on 22 Dec 1950 in Akeley Cem., Akeley, Hubbard Co., Minnesota.
+ 112 F iv Hazel Isabel Carpenter was born on 21 Jun 1895. She died on 13 Jun 1989.
+ 113 M v Raymond Alfonzo Carpenter was born on 4 Dec 1897. He died on 13 Oct 1953. 
  114 M vi Dale Wilson Carpenter was born on 20 Aug 1902 in Appleton, Swift Co., Minnesota. He died on 16 Dec 1930 in Cass Co., Minnesota. The cause of death was Influenza. 
+ 115 M vii Walter Dewillis Carpenter was born on 24 Apr 1904. He died on 4 Sep 1968.


1890 Federal Census, destroyed by fire

1900 Fed, Iowa, Cerro Gordo Co., Geneseo Twp., film T623-423, ED 21, sht 10B
Carpenter, Lee R., age 33, married 11 yrs, Farmer
    Carpenter, Elizabeth, age 38, wife, # of children 5, # living 5
    Carpenter, Lloyd, age 10, son
    Carpenter, Spencer, age 8, son
    Carpenter, Wava, age 6, dau
    Carpenter, Hazel, age 3, dau
    Carpenter, Ray, age 2, son

1910 Fed, Iowa, Wright Co, Blaine Twp, Dows, film T624-430, ED 186, Sht 14A&B
Carpenter, Henry, age 42, married 20 yrs, Tile Factory Laborer 
    Carpenter, Elizabeth, age 49, wife, # of children 7, # living 7
    Carpenter, Lloyd, age 19, son, , Tile Factory Laborer 
    Carpenter, Spencer, age 18, son, Dray Line Laborer
    Carpenter, Wava, age 16, dau
    Carpenter, Hazel, age 14, dau
    Carpenter, Raymond, age 12, son
    Carpenter, Dale, age 7, son
    Carpenter, Walter, age 5, son

1920 Fed, South Dakota, Day Co., Webster, film T625-1718, ED 119, Sht 11B
Carpenter, Richard H. L., age 52, Teamster
    Carpenter, Elizabeth S., age 58, wife
    Carpenter, Dale, age 17, son
    Carpenter, Walter, age 15, son

1930 Fed, Minnesota, Cass Co., Pine River Twp, film T626-1082, ED 38, Sht 3B
Carpenter, Richard H. L., age 62, Farmer, age at 1st marriage 22
    Carpenter, Elizabeth S., age 68, wife, age at 1st marriage 27
    Carpenter, Dale, age 27, son


Cass County Independent
Mascot “A” Ranch, Near Hackensack, MN, 
Friday February 23, 1934, Volume 8, No. 42, Page 7, Column 4

Death Claims Mrs. Lee Carpenter of Backus

 Mrs. Lee Carpenter was called to her home beyond last Friday evening when she was suddenly taken ill and lived but a few minutes. She died sitting in her chair. The children were all home for the funeral and also one sister-in-law, two nieces and one nephew, from Austin, Minn.

 Sarah Elizabeth Zook was born in Oregon, (Dane Co.) Wisconsin Nov. 30th, 1866; died Feb. 16, 1934, age 67 years, two months and 16 days.

 When a child she moved with her parents to Hampton, Iowa. In 1889 she was married to Richard Henry Lee Carpenter of Dows, Iowa. To this union seven children were born; Lloyd and Spencer Carpenter and Mrs. Wava Havirland of Backus, Minn. Mrs. Hazel Schmidt and Walter Carpenter of Webster, S. Dak. and Ray Carpenter of Austin, Minn., and Dale who preceded his mother to her home 3 years ago.

 She also leaves one brother at Clear Lake, Iowa, and one sister at Mason City, Iowa, and 17 grandchildren.

 When a girl she was converted and united with the M. E. church in Hansell, Iowa. She remained a member until her death. Mrs. Carpenter was of a generous self sacrificing nature, not thinking more of herself than she should think, but always thinking of others.

 Well the poet might have been thinking of her when he wrote:

“Lord, help me, to live from day to day,
             In such a self forgetful way that even when I
             Kneel to pray, my prayer shall be for others” 

She was never too tired or too busy to help others, and her good works live after her. So when a mother dies, for years beyond our ken, the light she leaves behind her, upon the father of men.

Cards of Thanks

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all who were so kind at the time of the bereavement for beloved wife and mother and especially for the singing and the flowers.

--Mr. Lee Carpenter and family

Date of death: June 6, 1944 just 9 days short of his 77th birthday
Source: Newspaper clipping from family files. Cass County Independent, date unknown

Lee Carpenter

Death came to Lee Carpenter, resident of Cass County since 1927, on June sixth, at the home of his son, Spence, in Longville after a brief illness. Mr. Carpenter moved from Webster, South Dakota, to Backus in September 1927. He made his home there until about nine years ago, since then living much of the time with his son in Longville.

Lee Carpenter was born in Richmond, Wisconsin, June 15, 1867. He passed away at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 22 days. When a young man he moved to Dows, Iowa. In 1889 he was united in marriage to Sara Elizabeth Zook. To this union seven children were born: Lloyd Carpenter of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Spencer of Longville; Mrs. Warren (Wava) Kimball of Backus; Mrs. Ed (Hazel) Schmidt and Walter of Webster, South Dakota; Ray of Austin. His wife and son Dale preceded him in death. He also leaves two sisters, one brother, twenty grandchildren and twenty-two great grand children to mourn his passing. He was a devoted husband and good father.

Those attending the funeral from away were Mrs. Dell Zook; Mr. and Mrs. John Zook and daughter Nancy; Ray Carpenter and Mrs. Iola Lindeman, all of Austin; Mrs. Lannett Annett of Black River Falls, Wisconsin; Mr. and Mrs. Doc Carpenter, Mrs. Charles Hofsommer of Dows, Iowa and Phoebe Hostrawser of St. Paul Minnesota.

Italics = comments added, not in the original obit


    Minnesota Death Certificate Search:

CertID# 1934-MN-002174, Sardi E. Carpenter (actual death certif is correct with SARAH as her name)
CertID# 1944-MN-002199, Richard Henry Lee Carpenter
CertID# 1930-MN-002142, Dale Carpenter
CertID# 1957-MN-002508, Earl Spencer Carpenter   

    South Dakota Death Certificates: 

Lloyd, State of South Dakota Certificate of Death, Registered April 30, 1954, Repository: Vital Records, Dept. of Health, 600 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-2536

Descendents who have shared information:

Carol Schmidt, by marriage, descendent of Hazel I. Carpenter and Edward Emil Schmidt
Bette Walker, descendent of Hazel I. Carpenter and Edward Emil Schmidt
William L. Carpenter, descendent of Lloyd A. Carpenter and Tillie Oleson

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