Chatham T. Ewing
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(Ewing’s Battery) 1st West Virginia Light Artillery
The Chanute Blade, July 22, 1892
CAPTAIN C. T. EWING DEAD.
The announcement reached this city today that Captain C. T. Ewing had died at 3:50 o’clock this morning at his home in Thayer. The Captain had been confined to his home but a few weeks by the illness that this morning ended fatally. The community was shocked when the news was received. Captain Ewing was a gallant soldier in the late war for the union. He was captain of a light artillery corps, and volunteered in West Virginia. The corps was called the Ewing battery after the brave young captain of the company.
Captain C. T. Ewing was born at New Lisbon, Ohio, January 30th, 1839, where his father was a distinguished lawyer. Later his father removed to Pittsburg, P.A. retiring from the practice of law with a competence. His father died at the breaking out of the war and the young man like many other brave young men of his time volunteered to serve the nation and aid in quelling the rebellion. In a conflict with the enemy in West Virginia he was severely wounded on the field and was taken prisoner by the rebels. An exchange of prisoners was made and the young captain was released and returned to his home in Pittsburg. As soon as possible, he returned to his post and again battled with his enemies of the South.
After the war he moved to Iowa, and from there in 1870 to Thayer, Kan. where he has since resided. Here in April 1871 he started the Headlight a good republican paper. He sold out in 1876 and the paper was removed to Erie. In a month after its removal he had purchased new material and in May 1876 published the Thayer Headlight in which he has up to present advocated straight republicanism. He married the Daughter of Judge Benjamin Wheeler of Zanesville, Ohio, who survives him. Four children blessed the union, Etta, Mary, Ellen and Bessie who las month married Mr. Harry Carnie a young business man of Kansas City. Mrs. Capt. G. W. Johnston of this city is a sister of the captain’s. No man has passed away in this county for many years as highly esteemed by his fellow citizens as Captain C. T. Ewing.
He has done more than any one man to upbuild the town of Thayer and many institutions in southeastern Kansas are the result of his enterprise and of firm unfaltering faith in the growth of the towns of this section.
He was perhaps over confident in many of his investments and there can be no doubt that financial reverses hastened the death which all who have known him today deplore. The funeral is announced for 5 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from his late residence.