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Andrew Carr

Andrew Carr, M.D., was a North Dakota pioneer, physician and surgeon. He began his practice during the territorial period. He was born near Logansport, Indiana, June 7, 1854. At age two, his parents, Richard and Sarah (Stephens) Carr, moved to Fillmore County, Minnesota with horse teams and covered wagons. The family remained in Fillmore County until 1882 when they moved to Nelson County, Dakota Territory, where both parents died, leaving eight children behind. Dr. Carr was the oldest of the children.

Dr. Carr was educated in the Normal School at Winona, Minnesota. He graduated with his M.D. in 1888 from Rush Medical College of Chicago. He also spent a number of years teaching in Fillmore County and in Grand Forks and Nelson counties, Dakota Territory. He also established a general practice at Northwood, Grand Forks County. In 1903 he moved to Minot where he opened his practice specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat care. He was one of the first physicians in the state to limit his practice to a specialty.

Dr. Carr was one of the founders of Trinity Hospital and the Northwest Clinic in Minot. He organized the Northwest District Medical Society and served as the president for the North Dakota State Medical Association. He contributed was very active in bringing about the legislation that resulted in State Normal School being constructed in Minot. He served as the institutionís treasurer four years during the Crane administration. He and his wife helped organize the Minot park system and had a share in establishing the Minot Public Library. Both were active in the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Carr married Addie L. McIntyre, on April 4, 1883. She was born in Fillmore County, Minnesota, the only daughter of Mr. T.W. McIntyre. She was educated in the Minnesota State Normal School, and during her residence in Minot she contributed to the success of several civic and social organizations. She was chairman of the Minot Flower Show, a co-founder of the Womenís Literary Society, and during World War I was a worker in the Red Cross. Audie was also an avid supporter of Womenís Suffrage. The Carr residence still stands in Minot and serves as the home for the Dakota Rose Bed and Breakfast in northwest Minot. Dr. and Mrs. Carr had three children: Jean, Andy, and Gail. Dr. Carr died on January 22, 1948 at the age of 93.

Biographical information sources:
Crawford, Lewis. History of North Dakota, Volume III. The American Historical Society, Inc., 1931.
Ward County Independent, Minot, North Dakota.