Jan 14 Tuesday. This morning after taking care of my room went
to the store and into Mr Carrs to offer my assistance there.
Lewis Carr died last night very suddenly bleeding at the
lungs. Has been in a decline since last July but was about
the house as usual yesterday and conversed with O A and
his friends in the evening & told what he was going to do when
he got well. about ten or eleven Oclock called to his mother
to come quick which was the last word & died almost instantly
This afternoon carried Mr & Mrs Whitwell to A A Gilmores.
The “white plague,” consumption, was a killer; today we know it as tuberculosis and, in parts of the world, it’s still killing. In 19th century America, it was a leading cause of death, the scourge of young lives, particularly. Its contagious properties were unknown, which helped it spread. Although different treatments, such as prolonged rest in warm climates, were tried (when possible), no cure for the disease would be found until the middle of the 20th century. Some people did recover from TB; most did not.
Lewis Carr, a friend of Oakes Angier Ames, was barely 20 years old. He was the son of Caleb and Chloe Carr of North Easton where the family had lived for generations. His father, known as “Uncle Caleb” in his later years, was a life-long employee of the shovel works and close to the Ames family. So close, in fact, that two decades later, Caleb would serve as a pall-bearer at Oakes Ames’s funeral.
It is typical that Evelina would help the Carr family at this time. She and her sisters-in-law were often called upon to sew the shrouds that corpses were wrapped in, which is what she did on this day for the family.