Austin Turnbow Carter was born September 20, 1879 in St. George, Utah, son of William Carter and Sophronia Turnbow Carter.
Since William Carter was a farmer and with three wives and several children to support, his sons left home at an early age to secure employment.
Austin and others of his brothers worked at the mines at Silver Reef near St. George and at Pioche, Nevada. His brothers Sam, Lafe and Jim had moved to White River Valley just before the turn of the century and it wasn't long until Austin came to the Ely area to find work.
He worked at various jobs. He cut wood for the mining companies, worked some in the mines and one time worked at the Jersey Dairy in East Ely. While working at this dairy he had a serious accident. He slipped on the steps of a moving train. The train ran over his leg, severing it just below the knee.
After that he wore an artificial leg and wasn't able to work as he had done before.
During the Depression in the early 1930's he moved to Lund, Nevada where he lived with his nephew, Lafayette Carter.
In spite of his handicaps he was always willing to work. He worked on road jobs near Lund; W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) projects created by the Federal Government to help many in need of employment.
The winter of 1932 and 1933 was a very severe one. Many sheep died during the winter. In the spring when the snow had melted, Austin was working south of Lund where many of the sheep had died. He gathered the wool from these sheep in order to sell for a few dollars.
Austin had never married so would visit his brothers' and sisters' families often.
He had a sister in Taylorsville, near Salt Lake City, also a sister in St. George that he would visit and stay with them for a while. But the Ely and Lund area seemed to have a special attraction for him.
In 1942 his health was failing and he came to our home in Ely, Nevada and asked if he could fix up a room adjoining our garage where he could live.
We were glad to have him nearby where we could help him and he loved to be around our little children. It also permitted him to be by himself when he wanted to, yet an opportunity to be a part of our family.
In 1943 we decided to move back to Lund and Austin decided to go to Taylorsville to stay with his sister, but he didn't have the privilege. Just a few blocks before he arrived at her home on the street car he died of a heart attack.
He died in May of 1943 and was buried in the Murry City Cemetery.
Written and submitted by:
Helen C. Gardner