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D. C. Carmichael

The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
May 26, 1904, Vol. 9, No. 21

A Sad Accident

While sailing in Charleston harbor last Thursday afternoon with a party of friends Mr. D. C. Carmichael, a well-known citizen of Dillon, was accidentally drowned. In the boat were six other gentlemen. They were rounding a point near Fort Sumter probably a mile from shore when one of the gentleman in the party lost his hat. The man at the helm promptly brought the boat about and while endeavoring to recover the lost hat the boat was overturned and the occupants precipitated into the water. In the confusion which followed it is not known whether Mr. Carmichael made any attempt to save himself or not. Two of the party clung to the overturned boat while the others endeavored to swim to the beach. The life-saving crew came to their rescue and succeeded in saving the three of the men struggling in the water, and then it was discovered that Mr. Carmichael and another gentleman whose home was in Fairfield county were missing. About an hour afterward the bodies were seen floating near the shore and recovered and sent to the city where they were prepared for burial and sent home next morning.

Mr. Carmichael moved to Dillon about four years ago from his plantation across Little Pee Dee River and during his residence here made many friends who were shocked beyond expression when they heard of the terrible fate which overtook him Thursday afternoon. He lived a modest unassuming life, giving almost entire time to his own affairs, and never speaking ill of the affairs or habits of others. He was liked by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by all classes.

Mr. Carmichael was twice married, his first wife being a Miss McKinnon, of North Carolina. Two children were born of this union, Mr. N. J. Carmichael, of the Hamer section and Mr. Douglas Carmichael, of Florida.

Later in life he was married to Miss Samantha Walters, of Fair Bluff, N. C., who along with four children, Mr. W. H. Carmichael, of Charlotte, N. C., Mr. D. C. Carmichael, Jr., of Dillon, Miss Fannie Carmichael, and Mrs. S. J. Braswell, of Fork survive him.

He was an honored member of Mackey Lodge A. F. M., and his body was laid to rest with Masonic honors at the McDuffie burying ground Saturday morning, in the presence of an immense gathering of friends and relatives. The eulogy was delivered in a very solemn and impressive manner by Capt. A. T. Harllee. Peace to his ashes.

Transcribed by Helen B. Moody from microfilm at the Dillon Library, Dillon, South Carolina

[Note: "D.C." was Duncan Calvin Carmichael, son of Dougald B. Carmichael and Flora McLellan. -- vp]


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