The Sluice Box

2nd Hand Antique Store

A Magnificent Man

Joining his Lord in Heaven; Lawrence Allen Carter, born November 3rd, 1928 died Sunday May 16th, 2010. He is survived by his wife Ruthie Ann Carter, his two daughters Cherie Carter and Cher Wada Koenig, his son-n-law James M. Koenig, his four grandchildren Carter and Harrison Fulhorst and Thomas and Katelyn Wada and by many friends, new and old.

Larry, being an orphan and not knowing his heritage, traveled from Maryland ultimately settling down and starting his own family in Nampa Idaho. There he worked for a variety of well known companies. He started at a young age at The Dewey Palace Hotel, eventually working for Armour Packing House and Pharmaceuticals, the Salvation Army, and for the College Church of the Nazarene.

Later on moving his family up to Idaho City, Idaho where he built and managed The Sluice Box store. This became his life’s work and passion and is quite frankly one of the best pieces of old western architecture that you might ever hope to see.

Larry was a kind soul, always being the first to offer a bed and a meal to anyone in need; simply because it was the right thing to do. He was also a jokester and always loved to make people giggle. He took pride in being able to get a smile from the harshest of people. He would often dawn a funny hat, or wig in an attempt to make someone’s day a little brighter.

He was never a drinker, nor a smoker, nor a drug user. He was a hard worker, having learned his work ethic from his younger days. In 1996 and at the age of 67 when his store, The Sluice Box, burned down he personally began to build it back and between 1996 and 2005 created the masterpiece that stands there today.

He used to have several sayings; one of which was “use your head for more than a hat rack”. Larry believed in being smart and in having common sense and in not wasting what the good Lord gave you. Another saying was that he deserved a medal (he’ll giggle about this mention). He always told it like it was, but usually with a grin and a giggle.

To people that knew him well; they will say that he is a prince among men and that they don’t make men like him anymore and about how much he loved his wife, his daughters and his grandkids. To people that knew him a little; they will comment on his sense of humor and his generosity.

Larry was truly a blessed man and if you ever had the honor of meeting him; you are a better person for it. (Here’s your medal Larry!)

For being how most of us only dream of being...