Andy Carr

Andy Carr died April 1, 1912, from wounds received in a shooting that occurred during the apprehension of Sanford Lewis on March 23, 1912. His shooting and misunderstandings in the public mind about what had happened resulted in a mob tearing Lewis from his jail cell and lynching him on Garrison Avenue. Carr left behind a wife and five children that lived at a home at 601 S. 17th St.

Carr lived in Fort Smith nearly his entire life and was a 20-year veteran of local law enforcement, city and county. His first law enforcement job was as a city policeman. "His exceptional detective ability" earned him a job as a Frisco detective. Carr resigned from that job to become a deputy sheriff. In 1908, he was elected a constable for the Fort Smith district. Mayor Bourland appointed him to the city detective force at the close of his first term.

At the time of his injury in the Lewis incident, Carr was serving as deputy constable and city special policeman. In 1903, he survived being struck by a street car at Little Rock Avenue (Rogers Avenue) and 18th Street. In another incident, he was saved from being shot when a bullet was stopped by his badge.

Carr was conscious during much of the week preceding his death, but thought he had been in a wreck and was never conscious of how he received his wound. He was buried April 2, 1912, in Oak Cemetery.

Sources: "Andy Carr Was Injured in Fall," Fort Smith News Record, Aug. 27, 1903, p. 5; "Andy Carr Died of His Wound," Fort Smith Times Record, April 1, 1912, p. 2.