Cabinet Photograph Sized Memorial Card
Unknown - Photographer
Myerstown, Pennsylvania, United States
c. 1900

Cabinet photograph-size memorial cards such as this one were commonly presented to people attending funeral services
during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. More rarely they contained a portrait of the deceased such as this example but
generally contained the name of the person being memorialized along with pertinent dates and usually a Bible verse, poem or
other written  sentiment.

This particular card was created in memory of Private Harry T. Carver of “D” Troop, 7th United States Cavalry who died at
Havana, Cuba at the close of the Spanish-American War.  In a rather unexpected turn of research events the very first piece
of information that I uncovered concerning Carver other than that on this card was his obituary which appeared in the April
12, 1900 issue of the Lebanon Semi-Weekly News which is related here:

Harry T. Carver Brought from Cuba and Interred at Myerstown.

A soldier’s burial with full military honors was on Wednesday given the remains of Harry T. Carver, late a private of Troop
D. Seventh U. S. Cavalry, in the Union Cemetery, at Myerstown. Carver was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris R. Carver,
of Myerstown, and died on Dec. 31 last of typhoid fever at Columbia barracks, near Havana, Cuba. During the war with
Spain he was a member of Co. C. Eighth Pennsylvania volunteers, and upon being honorably discharged enlisted in the
regular service. The funeral was held from his old home, on Cherry Street, with services in the United Brethren church, the
officiating clergymen being the pastor, Rev. J. A. Keiper, Rev. J. P. Smith, of Avon, and Rev. D. T. Longenecker, of Lebanon.
Six former comrades of Co. C. all of Chambersburg, were in attendance as honorary pallbearers. They were Sergeant Edward
Heefner, Corporal Charles Lurg, Privates George Holby, Will Zook, Crawford Weissburg, Hayes and Frank Mowrey. Capt.
Wm. Tice Post., No. 471, G. A. R. and Tulpehocken council, No. 941, Jr. O. U. A. M., sent delegations to the obsequious and
had charge of the burial. Interment took place on the Union cemetery, Myerstown
.

A little additional research shows that Harry Carver was born in 1878 at Myerstown, Pennsylvania to Morris R. Carver and
the former Miss Rebecca S. Baum. Prior to his enlistment during the Spanish-American War the younger Carver was
employed as a newspaper delivery man as evidenced by his appearance in the somewhat battered cabinet photograph shown
below.

Cabinet Photograph
A. M. Blecker - Photographer
Myerstown, Pennsylvania, United States
c. 1895