Captain Peter I. Carmichael

Gloversville, NY


Was Well known Business Man - Prominent in Military and Fraternal Circles.

Peter I. Carmichael, aged fifty years, died at his home, No. 19 Prospect street, at 6:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after an illness of long duration.  Death was due to pernicious anemia.  Captain Carmichael , as he was familiarly known, was one of Gloversville's most prominent citizens, a well known business man and military man of much prominence.  In the death of Captain Carmichael, Gloversville loses an estimable citizen, a man of genial nature, courteous manner and dignified bearing, whose consistent Christian conduct won for him the friendliness and good will of all whom he knew.

He was a man of scholarly attainments and descended from one of the pioneer families of this section, whose interests had been closely identified with the success of Gloversville long before it became a village.  He was a son of the late Malcolm Carmichael, who was born in the town of Johnstown and who when a young man removed to the hamlet of Gloversville.  In 1859 Captain Peter I. Carmichael was born.  Coming as he did from two families practically identified with the progress of the county, it was no wonder that Captain Carmichael should have felt the keen interest that he did in all matters of a public nature.

His military career, however, was always a matter of choice, not the result of fortuitous circumstances.  While a young man he found employment in Troy, where he served as an officer in the 21st Separate company Infantry, which is now known as Company D, Second regiment, N. G. N. Y.  Returning to Gloversville, Mr. Carmichael was made captain of the Citizens' Corps, a local military organization of considerable prominence prior to the organization of Company G.  He also filled every office in the uniformed rank of the I. O. O. F., being connected with Canton Stewart, No. 44, serving as chief of staff and lieutenant colonel of the First brigade, P. M. Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a member and vice president of the "Old Guard," Company D, Second regiment of Troy, generally known as the Tibitts cadets, and an associate member of Canby post, No. 17, G. A. R., and although not a veteran in arms, non the less a veteran in military affairs and tactics.

It was largely owing to his general knowledge of military movements that many of the recent parades which have reflected credit upon our city, especially that of the State Sunday school convention of 1906, have been successfully conducted, and for many years.

Memorial day celebration  [cut off] unable to assume the duties of [  ] marshal May 30 last, but accompanied the surviving veterans in the march to the cemetery in one of the carriages provided for the disabled and invalid soldiers.

Captain Carmichael was a member of Gloversville lodge, No. 429, F. & A. M., and Silver Cross lodge, No. 123, K. of P., and previous to his illness had begun the organization of a post of the Order of Ancient and Honorables, an auxiliary to the G. A. R., having for its purpose the perpetuation of the work of the G. A. R. and to further patriotism in public schools.

Captain Carmichael was also a prominent member of Christ Episcopal church, zealous in its welfare and a regular attendant until ill health prevented.  He was a member of the vestry and was recently elected the church clerk, but his failing health obliged him to decline.  It was in connection with his work on the building committee in the erection of the addition to the church in the winter of 1908 that the illness which resulted in his death first manifested itself.

Captain Carmichael was a staunch Republican and although he was never active in political affairs, his name was seriously mention for the nomination for mayor in of the recent campaigns and he undoubtedly could have been honored by election to the office on various occasions had he desired.  Outside of his home, in his management of public affairs, he adhered strictly to business, in which he field he had made a notable success.

In 1895 he was associated with Jay Pool in the real estate and insurance business, under the firm name of Carmichael & Pool, which firm was dissolved the year following, from which time he carried on business alone until February 1, 1909, when he was obliged to dispose of the same, it having become one of the leading agencies of the city.

Although the deceased had been in failing health about eighteen months the announcement of his death came as a shock to his many friends.  His loss will be most deeply felt in his home, where his every thought, interest, and affection was centered, and where the heroic fight against the fatal malady terminated early last evening in a painless and peaceful end in the presence of the stricken wife and immediate family.

During the progress of Captain Carmichael's illness, which eminent physicians pronounced as incurable from its inception, his wife has been his constant companion and nurse by night and day.

The surviving relatives are his wife, Ella Lawrence Carmichael, whom he married June 6, 1900; an uncle, Hon. James W. Green, and three aunts, Miss Mary E. Green of this city, Mrs. J. S. Van Wyck of Brooklyn and Mrs. Margaret Marcellus of Amsterdam.  The funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon at four at the home, 19 Prospect street.  Rev. Malcolm S. Johnston, rector of Christ Episcopal church, will officiate and burial will be made in the family plot in Prospect Hill cemetery.

Source:  The Gloversville Leader, Tuesday, [   ], 1909.


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