Monday, November 11, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 16 "Caruthers M. Ewing"

This is the sixteenth in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart fourpart fivepart sixpart sevenpart eightpart ninepart tenpart elevenpart twelvepart thirteenpart fourteen, part fifteen.

Attorney C.M. Ewing

Ewing's sketch appeared without a biography in this edition of the Enterprise.  He was listed under "Leading Citizens."    He was born in Dresden on October 1 1871.  His father was the well known attorney Charles M Ewing and his mother was Elizabeth "Betty" Caruthers.  


His education began in the country schools of Weakley county.  Like his father he was an attorney, graduating from Cumberland University in 1891. Reports indicate his first case was against his own father in the courthouse at Dresden TN.  The same courthouse would suffer a devastating fire in 1948.  He stayed in Dresden for the next five years practicing law.  

Caruthers Ewing
Passport Photo
In 1896 he moved to Memphis and set up practice in that city.  Over the course of his career he was a page in the Tennessee legislature, 1885 and 1887.  His next move was to become assistant clerk and then in 1893 he was the chief clerk of the senate.  He attended many conventions as a state delegate.  In addition he was the executive committee chairman of the democratic central committee for Weakley Co.  He traveled abroad extensively including England, France, and the West Indies.

Ewing was a lifelong Democrat and belonged to the Tennessee State Bar Association as well as the American Bar.  In his leisure he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Waponocca Hunting and fishing Club. He was also a member of the Chickasaw club and the Business Men's club.

In 1893 he married Bessie Winston in Haywood County Tennessee.  Their children were Estelle, Julia, Caruthers Jr.    

Caruthers died in Cape Vincent, New York in 1947.  His wife Bessie died in Memphis in 1958.   Caruthers and Bessie are interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

From The Cape Vincent Eagle Aug 28 1947

Summer Resident Dies Here Following Heart Attack
Attorney Caruthers Ewing, 75, retired general counsel for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and widely known trial lawyer, died Wednesday, August 20, at 7 a.m. at his summer home on Point street, this village, after a series of two heart attacks suffered during the first part of the week.

Attorney Ewing, in failing health for more than a year, was stricken with a severe heart attack Monday of last week and had since been confined to his bed.  On Tuesday morning he suffered a second attack, which caused him to weaken rapidly.

Attorney Ewing first complained of not feeling well on August 16, but despite his ailment, the lawyer, an ardent fisherman, went out on the lake on a fishing trip the next day.

Surviving besides his wife, Mrs. Bessie Winston Ewing, are two daughters, Mrs. Allen (Estelle) Wardel, New York city, and Mrs. Hubert K.(Julia) Reese, of Memphis, Tenn; a son, Caruthers, jr. of Memphis and a sister, Mrs. Ray P. Carey, also of Memphis.

The remains were shipped by train to Memphis for cremation.  Mrs. Ewing and her daughter, Mrs. Wardle, accompanied the body to Memphis.

He was born October 1 1871, a son of Charles M. and Bette Caruthers Ewing.  He attended the schools at Dresden, Tenn, and as a boy was a page in the senate of the Tennessee legislature at Nashville, rising rapidly to become clerk of the senate at the age of 18.

Attorney Ewing attended Lebanon University, Columbia, Tenn, (this differs with the account from Who's Who in Tennessee, 1911) where he completed a three year law course in one year.  Graduating at the age of 19, he passed his bar examinations and started his practice.

After passing the bar examination, the young lawyer joined his father, Attorney Charles M. Ewing, in practice at Dresden.  At the age of 23, Caruthers Ewing went to Memphis to open his own office.  He remained there until he was 45 when he went to New York city after having gained a widespread reputation as a trial lawyer in Memphis.  In New York, he specialized as a trial lawyer.

In 1936, Attorney Ewing that he would retire from active law practice but he was then prevailed upon by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea company to become the chain store's general counsel.  He remained as general counsel for the A & P for ten years, retiring in January, 1946, because of failing health.

Even though in retirement, Attorney Ewing remained very active in the collection of material on famous cases in which he had participated.  he had planned to assemble the notes for the writing of his memoirs for publication.  Most of this work was done by the lawyer at his summer home in this village.

For nearly 40 years Attorney Ewing had visited Cape Vincent each summer, and he was always among the first fishermen to open the bass season in the waters of Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence river. Seven years ago, he purchased the present Ewing home, corner of Point and Joseph streets.  He formerly was the owner of "Windy-Bank," which he sold some years ago to J. Reginald Newton

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