|Title||Harriet "Hattie" Maria Carpenter|
|Description||Sixth plate daguerreotype in half case of Harriet "Hattie" Maria Carpenter; stamped brass mat with floral pattern and scroll opening; stamped brass preserver with rope border; glass; and thermoplastic half case with patriotic "Constitution and the Laws" design.|
Carpenter, Harriet "Hattie" Maria
Hart, Harriet "Hattie" Maria Carpenter
|Copyright||Oshkosh Public Museum|
|Cataloged by||Cross, Scott|
Seated view of Harriet "Hattie" Maria Carpenter. Hattie is wearing a "pie bald" or polka dot print dress with white pantalets. She is sitting in a painted country chair. She was the sixth child of Henry and Sarah Carpenter and was born July 24, 1850. She married Lemuel S. Hart at Osage Iowa on December 3, 1879. The couple later moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin and in 1928 she donated a large collection of images and artifacts from Fort Winnebago.
Henry Carpenter was born in Pomfrey, New York on June 7, 1814. As a young man he worked as a shoe maker. He enlisted in the United States Army on September 6, 1832 and was assigned to Company G, 5th US Infantry. His company was stationed at Fort Winnebago in Michigan Territory (Wisconsin). He was promoted to corporal on January 9, 1835 and sergeant on April 11, 1836. He was discharged on September 6, 1837 and his reenlistment was refused due to a rupture and poor eyesight. Sarah Smith was born on March 16, 1818 in New York. She married Henry Carpenter in Chicago, Cook County, IL on June 15, 1837. Henry had been stationed at Fort Winnebago with the 5th US Infantry and the couple soon returned there where Henry operated a tavern and store on the Wisconsin River in the 1840s and 1850s. A somewhat famous brawl occurred at his tavern in 1837 when a drunken interpreter, Pierre Pauquette, attacked and beat up a Winnebago Indian named Man-ze-mon-e-ka, who inturn shot and killed Pauquette the following day. In March 1847 Henry was appointed postmaster at Fort Winnebago. The couple are considered the first civilian settlers in Portage City, WI and operated a hotel there by 1860. The couple had eleven children, all born in Wisconsin: George R., born May 23, 1838; Sarah Jane, born March 22, 1840 and died June 15, 1853; Horace, born February 18, 1842; twins Alfred and Albert, born July 7, 1847 (Albert died October 6, 1848); Harriet "Hattie" Maria (Carpenter) Hart, born July 24, 1850 (donor of collection); Charles, born June 7, 1853; Henry M., born December 10, 1855 and died October 31, 1865; Reuben S., born April 13, 1858; and Amasa W., born May 27, 1861 and died August 16, 1864; and Lilley Ann Carpenter, born June 13, 1862(?). In 1880 Henry and Sarah were living in Coloma, Waushara County, WI where Henry was the postmaster. By 1890 they had returned to Portage. Henry Carpenter died on February 2, 1894 and was buried with other family members at the Old Fort Winnebago Cemetery. Sarah died in 1901 and buried beside her husband.