Carothers, Martha (Westwick) (September 3, 1866 - February, 1952)



Unknown - February 14, 1952

Mrs. Martha Carothers, one of our Converse county's most beloved citizens, was laid to rest here yesterday afternoon, thus further thinning the ranks of those pioneers who helped win the west and develop central Wyoming. She was 85 years of age.

Mrs. Carothers was born Sept. 3, 1866, at Galena, Ill., the daughter of James B. and Eliza Westwick, and was the youngest of eight children. She attended school in that city, graduating from St. Clement's convent at the age of 18. In 1884, she moved westward with her parents and family to Converse county, settling first on the West Fork of LaBonte creek near what is now the James Willox ranch. The family later homesteaded on what is now the George McGehee ranch, receiving one of the earliest land patents issued in the area.

On March 7, 1888, she was united in marriage with William J. Carothers and soon thereafter they homesteaded on the ranch where she resided until her death. Since the death of her husband in 1900, Mrs. Carothers had continued to operate the ranch in conjunction wih their only son, Samuel, who survives. Other survivors include a grandson, Harold Carothers of Douglas; Nell and Emma Westwick of Santa Barbara, Calif., Dr. and Mrs. F. G. Huffman of Palos Verdis Estates, Calif., Wm. Westwick of Peoria, Ill., Robert Westwick of Wheatland and several other nieces and nephews.

Aunt Tillie, or Gran, as she was affectionately known to her many friends, was a real pioneer. At the time the family came west, the nearest settlements were Ft. Fetterman to the north and Rock Creek (now Rock River)on the Union Pacific to the south. She often recalled the big event of the year when she was a girl-that of going to Rock Creek once or twice a year for provisions. She was always active in community affairs and was a member of Woodbine chapter, Order of Easter Star.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Congregational church with Rev. H.H. Lindeman officiating. Burial was in the family plot in Douglas Park cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Harry Pollard, Eli Peterson, Phil Hoosiaux, Clarence Redenbaugh, Charles Reid, H.J. Esmay and Wesley K. Wiker. Active pallbearers were Claude Redenbaugh, George Wills, Gordon Fitzhugh, Goerge McDonald, Walter Whitaker and Emerald Adair.


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