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Samuel Truitt Carrico. One of the men who participated in the run into the Cherokee Strip on September 16, 1893, was Captain Carrico, who for more than twenty years has been closely identified with the business and civic life of the City of Alva. He gained his rank and title by valiant service as a soldier in the Union army he was a resident of Kansas, and secured one of the choice homesteads at Alva, where he opened the first real estate office. Captain Carrico is now retired from business, and is one of the notable pioneer characters of Northern Oklahoma.
Samuel Truitt Carrico was born November 17, 1840, on a farm in Greene County, Illinois, and is now the only male survivor of this branch of the Carrico family, which was of Spanish origin. His parents were Silas and Catharine (Decker) Carrico. Silas Carrico was born at Athens, Ohio, April 18, 1818, his father being a native of Virginia and his mother of Maryland. In 1828 the family moved from Ohio out to Illinois and became early settlers in that state. Silas Carrico grew up in Illinois and was a substantial farmer there until 1904, when in advanced years he came to Alva and died in that city May 5, 1905, aged eighty-seven years eighteen days. The business of farming sums up his activities, and he was a man of substantial influence in the community where he lived so many years. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Methodist Church. Silas Carrico married Catherine Decker in 1839. She was a daughter of James D. and Eliza (Truitt) Decker, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Wales. Mrs. Carrrico died at Carrolton, Illinois, in 1897. She was for many years devoted to her church. There were seven children in the family, two sons and five daughters, namely: Samuel T.; Eliza, who died at the age of four years; George Rutledge, who died at the age of two; Mary C., who died December 24, 1863; Laura, who married L. K. Sitler, and now lives at Enid, Oklahoma, the the mother of three children: Roger S., Louise Lamar and George; Lucy C. Vigus, who lives at Tulsa, the widow of Titus C. Vigus, has four daughters and one son, namely, Carrico, Sadie, Barbara, Port C. and Lucy; Harriett E. Brown, deceased, married John L. Brown, also deceased, and their one son and three daughters are Belle, Kathryn and Inez, who are residents of Chicago, Illinois; and Fred S., deceased.
Captain Carrico is one of the men who dates the beginning of their education in a log schoolhouse. That school was back in Greene County, Illinois, and he later supplemented the district schooling with a course in the Bryant & Stratton Commercial College at Chicago, where he was graduated June 14, 1859. A few days later he began his practical duties as bookkeeper and salesman at Carrollton, Illinois, and in 1800 became clerk on a Mississippi steamboat—the Luther M. Kennett—Captain J. R. Keach—commander.
The military record of Captain Carrico begins with his enlistment on November 11, 1861, in Company B of the Sixty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry, as a private; February 5, 1882, he was commissioned second lieutenant of the company. October 16, 1862, he became first Lieutenant; May 1, 1863, was commissioned captain; resigned May 29, 1865. That regiment had all told sixty-three officers, and of those only twelve are now living. Captain Carrico is now the ranking officer of the old regiment, and is the only survivor who reached the rank of captain at the date of his muster in as an officer, February 5, 1862. His service as a soldier took him all over the country south of the Ohio River, and he was in many important battles, including the great conflict at Shiloh and subsequent engagements up to and including Nashville, Tennessee, December, 1884. He was fortunate in escaping wounds or capture.
With nearly four years of military service to his credit, after the war Captain Carrico engaged in the merchandise business successfully until 1884. In that year he became an early settler at Harper, Kansas, and continued merchandising there. In October, 1885, he was appointed postmaster at Harper, and held the office until he resigned in 1890.
When Captain Garrico arrived in the Cherokee Strip in September, 1893, he was fortunate in securing a location on land near Alva at the west. He put up one of the first building in the new town, and has the distinction of opening the first real estate and loan office. His business grew and prospered, and from the first he was one of the men of commanding influence in that locality. He served as chairman of the Government Townsite Commission of Alva, which issued titles for town lots.
Captain Carrico is a democrat in politics. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was at one time commander of his post in Illinois. He is a charter member of Raboni Chapter No. 25, of the Royal Arch Masons at Alva.
March 5, 1866, he married Miss Cornelia C. Betes, daughter of Peter J. and Rebecca (Rummell) Bates. Mrs. Carrico was born June 30, 1845, at Whitehall, Illinois, and died July 7, 1912, at Alva. Her father was a native of New York State and her mother of Maryland. Mrs. Carrico was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. To this union, which endured for more than forty-six years, there were born five children, one son and four daughters: Belle and Minnie, both living at Alva; Edward Sherman, deceased; Nellie, deceased; and Reba K., the wife of Prof. Guy M. Lisk, superintendent of the city schools at Alva.