While researching today, I happened upon a website which has several pictures of Civil War Reconstruction. I had to share it with you, it is not specific to Decatur County Indiana, but it is relative to the history of our country. Hope you enjoy. Click the link below.
For those of you who are following the blog posts on the incredible life of Oscar Ewing, I have come to his political career and I keep finding new information. I am torn on how to present a few items that Oscar Ewing tackled in his time. I am finding that he was at the time and is still controversial in his thinking. Initiating Medicare for the elderly was not unlike The Affordable Care Act today. I have discovered several parallels. He was also controversial for advocating the fluoridation of municipal water. I hope you will bear with me as I try to put the 1940's and 1950's in some semblance of order and present to you in concise form. In the meantime, I will continue to try to keep you entertained with vintage pictures and articles.
is chairman and publisher of Keene Publishing Corporation, a news and
information company which publishes The Keene Sentinel and
SentinelSource, the daily newspaper and online news service serving
Keene and southwestern New Hampshire, three weekly community newspapers
and a number of other specialty publications. Before coming to Keene,
Tom held positions with the House Ethics Committee’s so-called Koreagate
special staff headed by Leon Jaworksi and a Department of Justice
special staff investigating alleged FBI abuses and practiced corporate
and international securities law in New York City for ten years before
resigning his law partnership and purchasing The Sentinel. A Hamilton
College and Duke University School of Law graduate, Tom has served on
the boards and executive committees of N. H. Public Radio, the N. H.
Humanities Council and Leadership New Hampshire and on the audit
committee of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. He is also an
advisor to the board of the Monadnock Region’s Raylynmor Opera.
Thomas is the grandson of Oscar Ewing, Son of George Ewing
Today I will just post some connections to the obituaries of Oscar Ewing's sons. James Dennis, who was named after Oscar Ewing's uncle James. Dennis was Oscar's wife Helen's maiden name. George M. Ewing was named after Oscar's father, George McClellan Ewing.
McClellan was a family name and for years the family thought it had some direct connection to the Civil War General, until Oscar Ewing met THE General McClellan's son. Here are Oscar Ewing's words on the subject.
"Captain Patrick Ewing had a large number of children. The son through
whom I trace my ancestry was named Putnam Ewing. He married a Jane McClellan
from the adjoining county, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Jane McClellan
Ewing was, by tradition, a woman of great beauty and fine intellect. In
our family it was for a long time thought that she was closely related
to General George B. McClellan, a commander of the Union Army of the Potomac
in the Civil War. I mentioned this to General McClellan's son, the former
Mayor of New York, George B. McClellan, Jr., when I sat beside him at
a lunch back in the 1920s. He said the relationship must be rather remote.
He explained that originally there were three McClellan brothers who had
migrated from Ireland to America. One settled in Maine, one in Connecticut
and one in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Mayor McClellan said that his
branch of the family was descended from the brother who settled in Connecticut
while Jane McClellan Ewing, being from Chester County, Pennsylvania, was
undoubtedly descended from the brother who had settled in that county." - trumanlibrary.org
There is no end to the ambition in this family. Oscar and Helen Ewing's
sons were very successful, award-winning newspaper publishers. Both
sons overcame obstacles on the road to success and kept in mind the
Ewing family ideal of helping the less fortunate by the way they published their newspapers and by establishing foundations. I hope you will be as proud, surprised, intrigued, and amazed as I am at what has come from our small community through Oscar Ross Ewing. More to come...