Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fred Mayo Dies in Memphis, 1940

I came across an obituary for Fred Mayo among the papers of Virginia S. Moran.   There are Mayo's in the Moran family tree, I haven't figured how or if Fred Mayo is one of them or not.

His full name was Fred Henderson Mayo born Nov. 18 1899, per the death certificate.  His headstone in Sunset Cemetery say 1898.  He was the son of William B. Mayo and Lucy Brooks of Palmersville, TN. 

Fred was living with his Uncle Thomas A. McElwrath and Aunt Mollie Brooks in Mayfield Kentucky in 1920.  He worked as a salesman in a dry goods store.  His uncle Thomas owned a dry good store, betcha he was working there.  Fred married Grace Beasley, also of Mayfield.  Her parents were Robert Lee Beasley and Minnie Wyman.

Dresden Merchant Dies in Automobile in Front of Clinic

Fred H. Mayo, Dresden, Tenn., merchant, and member of the State Democratic Executive Committee for the Eighth Congressional District, died of a heart attack while seated in his automobile in front of a Madison Avenue clinic at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Mr. mayo, who was 41, apparently had been in good health and had brought his wife, Mrs. Grace Beasley Mayo, to Memphis yesterday for treatment.

Mr. Mayo had visited the Federal Building to call on friends and had lunch with Dist. Atty. William McClanahan, a longtime friend, and Richard Holliday of Dresden, who is here with the FHA.

Mr. Mayo was a native of Dresden and had operated a ladies ready-to-wear store there for several years.  He was chairman of the Dresden School Board and a former president of the Dresden Chamber of Commerce.  He was a World War veteran and belonged to the American Legion and the Baptist Church.

Besides his wife, he leaves his mother, Mrs. W.D. Mayo; a brother, George Mayo, both of Dresden, and a sister, Mrs. Cornelius Wakefield of Union City, Tenn.

The body was sent to Dresden last night by Thompson Brothers Mortuary for services and burial.  The Burns Funeral of Mayfield, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.






I haven't come across a picture of any Mayo's but we do have this picture of Brud (wearing the bow tie) with Thomas Allen McWlwrath (Fred Mayo's uncle in Mayfield), Mollie Brooks McElwrath (Thomas's second wife standing at the back) and their daughter Linda with the blonde curls.  The woman next to brud is Nell McKruger.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 17 "Prof. M. T. Nix"

This is the seventeenth 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 fourteenpart fifteen, part sixteen.

Prof. M.T. Nix
The above named is superintendent of public instruction for Weakley county, and has for several years, although a comparatively young man, been one of the leading teachers of the county.  Mr. Nix was born and raised in 17th district of Weakley County, and is highly esteemed by his acquaintances for his gentlemanly bearing and upright character.  He has been a resident of Dresden for some time, and is permanently located here, having gone into the undertaking business with Mr. M.L. Moore Sr.  They are doing a good business, and are giving satisfaction to their numerous customers.  Their advertisement will be found in this issue.

I looked through the entire paper,  all 8 pages :), and had no luck locating the advertisement that was referenced.  I didn't have a lot of luck with the Nix family but here's what I found. 

From a family tree on ancestry.com I found Mark Thomas Nix, born Sept 20 1861 in Sandy Branch, Weakley County Tennessee. He was the son of Mark Nix and Mary Elfendel Harvey. He married Jane Moore on September 12, 1888 in Dunklin, Holcomb County, Missouri.  On the marriage document the name was Marcus T. Nix.

The following comes from Census records:

1900, Logan, Boone County, Arkansas
Mark T. Nix, age 38, married 13 years, year of marriage 1887.  He was a school teacher. 
Janie M, wife.  Age 27, born October 1872.  She had two pregnancies and two living children.
Moore L, son, age 9, born in 1891.  Whoever transcribed the Census transcribed his name as Moone, I think it's Moore.
Guy/Gay, age 7, born in 1892.  Her name was transcribed as Guy but listed as female.  It looks like Gay to me rather than Guy but I found a reference to her on Findagrave and it said Guy.
What I find interesting here is that the brief bio in the Enterprise indicated Nix "is permanently located here" after going into business with M.L. Moore Sr.  I think it's possible that M.L. Moore Sr was Jane's father and Mark had gone into the "family business" of undertaking.  I wonder why they left Dresden.  Did Mr. Moore die and there was no more business?  Did Mark discover he didn't like undertaking?  All I know is that 4 years after the article was penned he and his family are in Arkansas.

1910 Census, Central Union, New Mexico
Mark is now 49 and farming.  Jane is 39.  In addition to Moore and Gay there are two more children: Madge, age 9 born in Arkansas and Ruby, age 7 born in Oklahoma.

I wasn't able to locate a 1920 Census for the family.

1930 Census, Nara Visa, Quay County, New Mexico
Mark is now 68 and a general store merchant.   Jane is 57.  The only child that appears in the household is their grand daughter Wanda, age 16, born in New Mexico.  Wanda was the daughter of Moore Nix and his wife Ethel Kelly.  A good account of Wanda's life can be found on her memorial at Findagrave.

Mark T. Nix dies a year later on September 23, 1931 in Nara Visa.

Moore L. Nix was living in Rosebud New Mexico when he completed his WWI Registration Card in 1917. It listed his birth date as January 15 1891 and his birthplace, Portland Tenn.  His occupation was farming and stock raising and he owned his own farm.  He said he had a "sickly wife and child 3 yrs."  The sickly wife was his first wife Ethel and the child was most likely Wanda.  He was short, medium build, blue eyes dark hair.  It's interesting to note his father, Mark T. Nix, was the registrar and signed his sons paperwork. His memorial on Findagrave lists his full name as Moore Lytton Nix.  He is interred next to his second wife Irene Asmussen Nix.

Ruby Nix married George Marcus Lockett.  She and her husband moved to Sedalia, Missouri.  Ruby passed away in 1966 and is buried with family at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia.

Madge Nix married married Wolcott Lord Russel. Madge passed away in 1985. She and her husband are interred at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

I have not located what happened to Jane Moore Nix nor the other daughter, Guy/Gay.



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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