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Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume IV (1876-1877)

Death of Professor S. H. Carpenter,   pp. 318-320 PDF (939.0 KB)


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318     Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
  In the summer of 1877 he felt the premonitions of the fatal disease to
which
he finally succumbed. It appeared first as a paralysis of the right hand,
which he naturally attributed to excessive use of his arm in writing, but
the
steadv advance tf the paralysis soon left no doubt that the disease was seated
in the brain, and that no human agency could arrest its progress. For some
three weeks he attempted to carry on his work, but was then forced to cease
his labor in the hope that rest and quiet would restore his health; but disease
had too firm a hold upon his system, and he steadily failed. In January he
was removed to Fayette, Iowa, the residence of his wife's parents, in the
faint
hope that a removal from the scene of his labor would lessen the irritation
that a man of his active temperament must have felt at being laid aside from
duty; and, that care and quiet and the constant medical attendance of his
wife's father might have a beneficial effect. But all was in vain, he failed;
struggled with disease, and rallied, only to fall back beaten by his powerful
antagonist. The disease of the brain steadily progressed, extinguishing one
after another of his faculties; his speech gradually failed; then his sight;
and at last he gave no signs of consciousness; and so life ebbed away, and
death baffled all human effort. Love could not hold him, but Love can cher-
ish the memory of his life.
  His remains were brought for interment to Madison, where he wished to be
buried. On a bright spring-like day a large concourse of mourners, composed
of the Faculty and students of the University, and a large number of personal
friends, gathered at his late residence, and followed his remains to the
Epis-
copal church, where the -solemn but hopeful and impressive service of the
churce he so loved was held by Rev. Mr. Wilkinson, assisted by Rev. J. B.
Pradt, after which his body was laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, in
sight
of the city that he loved as his earthly home, and of the University, the
scene
of the labors of his active life; and there he rests, awaiting the resurrection
of
the just. Requiescat in pace!
  NOTE. - It was Prof. Carpenter's intention to have completely re-written
and extended the
  above notice of the life and death of Dr. Fenling, and he had promised
the Secretary of the
  Academy to do so, only a few days before he was himself seized with the
illness which so
suddenly terminated his own life. "In the midst of life we are in
death."
        DEA'TH OF PROFESSOR S. H. CARPENTER.
             [From the State Journal (Madison) of Dec. 7, 1878.]
  Professor Stephen Haskins Carpenter, of the University of Wisconsin, died
  at half-past five o'clock on the morning of December 7, 1878, at Geneva,
N.
Y., of diphtheria, which had already proved fatal to his brother and nephew,
a few days before.
  Professor Carpenter's death is one of the saddest events we have ever been
  called on to chronicle. He was widely and favorably known, not only in


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