Historic photo of 116 4th St W, Carver, MN

116 Fourth Street West, Dauwalter-Wold House

 Built about 1865, with remodeling about 1980.  The home is a rectangular one and a half story and includes a rear wing with Greek revival features.  In the 1800s the house had several outbuildings including a large barn/stable at the rear of the property and a huge 8-hole frame outhouse located along the street a few feet to the west of the house.  Attached to the east side of the house is a nearly square brick building, now covered in wooden siding.  What the building’s function was is not clear, though in later years it may have served as a small guest cottage or quarters for family members.  

The Dauwalter-Wold house was constructed on the site of property purchased from former Minnesota Territorial Governor Alexander Ramsey by Charles D. Dauwalter in 1858.  In 1864 Dauwalter purchased other property at 413 Broadway in Carver where his son, Charles L. Dauwalter, would one day build a house.  Charles D. Dauwalter was born in Baden in the German States on Aug. 6, 1833 and came to America in 1853.  He lived for a few years at Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, where he learned the blacksmith trade.  In 1857 he relocated to Carver where he worked for 3 years as a journeyman blacksmith for John Bloedel, who lived at Fourth Street East in Carver and probably also had a blacksmith shop there too.   In 1860 Charles D. Dauwalter returned to Ohio and in 1861 married Elisabeth Lull, who was born Jan. 1, 1838 in Bavaria in the German States.  Charles returned to Carver with his wife Elisabeth and entered the blacksmith and wagon making business on his own, where he became very successful.

In the Minnesota Gazatteer and Business Directory for 1865, 1872, and 1873 Charles Dauwalter is advertised as a blacksmith in Carver, though the location of his establishment is not mentioned.  In 1879 Charles D. Dauwalter was serving on the Carver Village council and in 1880 he was listed among Carver County’s highest taxpayers in the Weekly Valley Herald newspaper. By 1900 he was retired. 

Elisabeth Dauwalter died of kidney disease on Mar. 9, 1895, after which husband Charles D. Dauwalter seems to have lived here with his daughter Fredericka and son-in-law Arnie Wold until he died on Oct. 4, 1903.  Charles D. Dauwalter and his wife Elisabeth are buried in Carver’s Mount Hope Cemetery.

The next owners of the house were Arnie and Fredericka (Dauwalter) Wold.  Arnie Wold was born in Norway on April 15, 1861 and immigrated to America about 1880 at age 19, where he settled in Carver.  On June 30, 1896 he was married to Fredericka Dauwalter, who was born on the old family homestead in Carver in Mar.1868, the daughter of Carver blacksmith Charles D. Dauwalter and his wife Elisabeth.  Arnie and Fredericka lived at the old Dauwalter homestead house and inherited it through probate in 1904 after Fredericka’s father died.  Arnie Wold served as the village marshal in Carver as well as Carver’s rural mail carrier. 

In late fall, 1920, not long after he was appointed Carver village marshal, Arnie Wold suffered from an abscessed tooth, which he had pulled.  Testifying to the medicine of the age the tooth area became infected and Arnie was transported to a hospital in Hennepin County where he never recovered, dying five days later on Nov. 13, 1920.  After Arnie lay in state in the house a funeral followed at Carver’s Presbyterian Church, which is today called the Church by the River.  Arnie Wold was buried in Carver’s Mount Hope Cemetery.  Fredricka and the five surviving children lived there for a time before moving to Minneapolis for better support.  Fredricka died on July 5, 1936 and was returned to Carver to be buried with her husband in Mount Hope Cemetery.

During Prohibition later resident Grover Engels kept bootleg liquor in the house, served sometimes illegally under the counter at 313 Broadway, which he operated as a legal saloon after Prohibition ended.


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