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Carmine “Carmi” P. Garlick (1818-1865)

Carmine “Carmi” P. Garlick was born in 1818 in Erie County, Pennsylvania and died June 30, 1865, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A typographical error was made in the article in Fifty Years in the Northwest and 1864 as the year he died then gets repeated in other publications.

Dr. Garlick was commissioned the second assistant surgeon of the 35th Wisconsin Infantry on February 29, 1864 and the first assistant surgeon on July 8, 1864. He contracted pulmonary tuberculosis (consumption) and was discharged with a “disability” on February 11, 1865, and died in Milwaukee four months later.

In Fifty Years in the Northwest (UWRF Archives F 606 .F65 1888), we find the following article about Garlick on page 137.

CARMI P. GARLICK was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, in 1818; was married in 1842 to Elizabeth Thompson, of Ohio, and come to Amador, Chisago county, Minnesota, in 1854, where he built a saw mill.  Not succeeding as he has expected, he betook himself tofarming and to the practice of medicine while in Amador.  In 1858 he rmoved to Osceola, where he practiced medicine until he entered the United States serice as surgeon during the war of the Rebellion.  He died at Milwaukee, Jan. 12, 1864 [sic], while in the United States serice.  He was educated in Columbus (Ohio) Medical College.  He left a wife, one son (Louis), and one daughter, wife of Henry Jones, of Osceola.

From the July 15, 1865, 1865, issue of The Polk County Press:


DIED.—In Milwaukee, Wis., June 30, 1865, CARMI P. GARLICK, of Osceola Mills, Wis., Assistant Surgeon of the 35th Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry, aged 47 years.

At a meeting of Osceola Lodge No. 134 of Free and Accepted Masons hold on the evening of July 4th, A. D. 1803, A. O. 6803, on motion of Brother WM. A. TALBOYS, Brothers H. D. BARRON, GEORGE WILSON and SAM. S. FIFIELD, JR, were appointed a Committee to prepare resolutions expressive of the sense of the Lodge upon the death of our late Brother GARLICK.  And said Commitee at a subsequent meeting reported the following which were adopted:

WHEREAS, Death, that messenger whom all must meet has again made a solemn call up on one of the Brothers of this Lodge and taken from us one to whom we owed duties in life, we deem it fit and proper to remember him and his family by public expression of our heartfelt sympathy in the present hour. Therefore:

Resolved, That in sadly bearing to their last resting place the remains of Brother Carmi P. GARLICK, we feel that we have but led all that was mortal of a good neighbor, a kind hearted husband, an exemplary father, a faithful and trust Mason, the memory of whose over genial and kind feeling ways we shall cherish in the years to come.

Resoloved, That in this bidding a long good night to our decreased Brother of the mystic tie,” we recognize the loss of one whose devotion to Masonry was earnest and proved by good works and deeds,–a Brother who as our first Junior Warden, our second Master and Past Master labored early and late to establish Osceola Lodge upon a sure and sound footing,—as one of our original seven members, three of whom have been called to the Great Lodge above since our organization three years ago.

Resolved, That the family of Brother GARLICK, in this their hour of affliction, have our sympathy and that it is good for the widow and the fatherless as well as all true Masons to know that in his death our worthy Brothers did not forget the great teachings of the Mason and Christian’s Bible so often heard at our altar where the solemnity and importance of death are not forgotten with lessons and thoughts of life.

Resolved, That our thanks are hereby tendered to Worshipful Master HAMILTON and the other Officers and Brothers of Milwaukee Lodge No. 3. of Milwaukee, for their attention and many acts of kindness to Brother GARLICK  when sick and to his family after his death.

Resolved, That the jewels and room of this Lodge be properly dressed in mourning for ninety days and that a copy of these resolutions duly ___ by the W. M. and Secretary with the proper seal be delivered to the widow of the deceased and communicated to Milwaukee Lodge No. 3, of F & A. M.


From Osceola: A Village Chronicle (UWRF Archives F 589 .O74 O83 1994):

Page 147:  “Osceola doctor, Carmine P. Garlick, also enlisted in the 35th Wisconsin Regiment.  He contracted consumption while serving in the Union Army and later died in 1864 [sic] at Milwaukee.”

Page 160:  “Dr. Carmi P. Garlick was examiner for all volunteers from Polk County.”

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