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Joseph McCart


The Montpelier Examiner, September 1917




When Joseph McCart closed his eyes internal sleep at his home in this city Tuesday night, September 4, at 9:30 o'clock, another name was added to that large and rapidly increasing list of Civil War veterans who have joined the grand Army of the Redeemer.  Mr. McCart's death did not come unexpectedly as he had been in poor health for the past seven months or more, suffering from a complication of disease incident to old age.

Joseph McCart was born in Orange county, Indiana on 2 Sep 1841 and therefore had just passed the 76th milestone of life.  He was working as a carpenter in his home community when President Lincoln issued his call for 100,000 volunteers in 1861.  He immediately responded to the call, as did four brothers and a step brother.  They enlisted in the 24th Indiana Infantry.  Joseph served during the four years of the war, his regiment being in some of the hottest battles of the war, including that of Gettysburg.  All the brothers survived the war but one, the father of Mrs. Jerry Horton of this city.

Being mustered out of service shortly after Gen Lee surrendered, Mr. McCart returned to his home in Indiana and again engaged in the carpenter trade.  in 1867 he decided to cast his fortunes in the west, which at that time was holding out inducements to your men.  He came to Omaha where he entered the service of the Union Pacific railroad company as a bridge carpenter.  he worked at various points along the road and in 1880 he came to Idaho and took the position as bridge foreman on the old Utah Northern, which was then being constructed north from Pocatello.  He resided for several years at Eagle Rock, now Idaho Falls.  Later he entered the service of the Oregon Short Line and superintended the construction of the first depot at Pocatello.  He continued in the service of the Union Pacific and Short Line as bridge foreman, road master and inspector of scales until 1888, when he gave up railroad work and located in Montpelier where he has ever since resided.

Shortly after returning from the war Mr. McCart joined the Order of the Odd Fellows and Masons and for 52 years he was a member in good standing in those orders.  He was a charter member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodges of this city.  In 1882 he married Miss Anna Hatton at Shoshone, Idaho.  Mr. McCart served on term as assessor of Bear Lake county and one term as member of the city council.

Besides his widow and adopted son, he is survived by a brother and half brother, who reside in Kansas, a half brother who resides in Indiana and a niece, Mrs. Jerry Horton of this city.  The funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian church this afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Archdeacon Stoy of Pocatello will read the Episcopal funeral service and the Masonic funeral service will be read at the grave.


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