C.E Carls Obituary
C.E Carls Dies At Age of 85, He Lived An Active, Productive Life
From The Western News, Nov. 1 1967, Hamilton, Mont. – page 7
Compiled by Chelsea Reichard
The death Wednesday, Oct. 25 of C.E Carls will be noted with regret by hundreds of friends throughout the Bitter Root whose friendship he made during his lifetime and who survive him. He once was known from one end of the valley to the other as “Carly” Carls. Always industrious he returned to farming operation after having retired as a barber. He outlived most of his Bitterroot contemporaries, passing away at the age of 85 years plus.
Carlos Edward Carls was born July 18, 1882 at Willow Creed, not far from Three Forks Mont. and lived his entire life in Montana. He was a son of early settlers, Mr. and Mrs. John H. (Elizabeth Duke) Carls, and with them moved to the Bitter Root in 1900 to locate near Corvallis.
He was married Oct. 3, 1909 in Missoula to Miss Charity Printz. They lived for a time in Stevensville and then moved to Hamilton, which was the center of the thriving Bitterroot community during the days of the “Big Ditch Boom.” He was deeply interested in sports and took an active part in the community affairs. He loved horses and owned many taking great pride in them. He served for years as a judge of the races at the county fair.
Mr. Carls was the 16th president of the Bitterroot aerie of Eagles, No. 1693, serving in 1921-1922. He was a member of the Ravalli County Racing Assn. which for years staged the races at the Ravalli county fair.
Funeral services in tribute to Mr. Carl were conducted at the Dowling chapel by Rev. Monroe Wilcox Friday with burial being made in Corvallis Cemetery. Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles held their ritual honoring their departed brother at the graveside.
The pallbearers were Walter (Bud) Wilson, Guy Middlemist, Bill Young Clarence Parker, Dr. Mason, Hargett and Walter Neaves.
Mr. Carls is survived by his widow, Charity, and son, John L. (Bud) Carls, both of Hamilton; by daughters, Mrs. Gard (Leona V.) Lockwood, Corvallis and Mrs. Lloyd (Betty) Hughes, Lolo; by a sister, Mrs. Guy (Mabel) Murray, Monterey Park, Calif; and by brothers G. Harry of Butte and Louis who lives in Florida.
Other survivors are five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The grandchildren were here for the last rites. They were Mrs. Dan (Carla) Stokesberry, Tulsa, Okla; Mrs. Charles (Sandra) Stibal, Roberts, Idaho; Mrs. J. B. (Linda) Anderson, Gladstone, Ore.; John E. Carls, a student at the University of Montana; Miss Ann hughes, Lolo.
G. Harry Carls came to Hamilton for the funeral being motored here from Butte by Mrs. Weldon Maynard, great niece of his and of C.E Carls.
Mrs. Jack McPhail, a cousin came for the services from her home at Stevensville.