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Henry is often called "Wallace Ewing" in even friendly press. It seems likely he accepted this spelling, but generally signed documents "H. W. Ewing."
Henry Wallis Ewing was my great-grandfather. He survived by a few days the date of my birth and I am informed he received news of my birth. He was a dentist but did not practice during most of his working life. My grandmother preserved a few of his instruments, but if they showed any signs of use, I did not notice when they were displayed to me. He farmed in the vicinity of Iola, Kansas.*
In 1903 he was admitted to the Kansas Academy of Science, listing his association with the Iola Gas Company. So far as I can determine, the Iola Gas Company met with failure in early attempts to bring in the large deposit of natural gas that was commonly believed to exist in the Iola area. Whether the Iola Gas Company participated when another company hit the main deposit is not clear to me. But Henry's experience in the gas business may have had something to do with the family removing to Texas.
Evidently they first moved to the Tarrant County area. My grandmother claimed to have been chums with Mary Martin in school (and for that reason suspected that the Ewings of the television show "Dallas" were named for her family,* as the show starred Martin's son Larry Hagman and Martin had been offered the role of his mother in the show). This is not plausible if Mary Martin's reported birth date of 1 Dec 1913 is accurate. There would have been seven years difference in their ages,possibly chums in a rural school, but my grandmother reports being in Houston during the first World War, and if Martin were born in 1913 she would have still been a toddler in Weatherford at that time.
The move to Houston would not have been unexpected if, as I surmise, Henry were still in the gas business. My grandmother often referred to herself as "only a gas man's daughter," which was a reference to a large number of risqué jokes from a bygone time. My grandmother reports living the Heights and pointed out the house she lived in when I was still too young to remember exactly where it was in a neighborhood then strange to me. She reported that she recalled hearing the soldiers marching through the streets to make transportation connections for the war. I believe however what she actually heard was the militia marching to put down the Houston Riot of 1917, an unpleasant racial incident. Either she was protected from the truth at the time and never learned it, or she sought to protect me in recalling it.
With the exception of Luke's twin who died very young, I knew all Henry's children and their spouses. Luke occasionally repeated jokes about one of a pair of twins dying and the survivor never being sure which one had died.
—Lars Eighner July 24, 2013, at 07:22 PM
|1. Place of Death||State of Texas|
|City or Precinct No.||Houston, Texas|
|Street and Number or Name of Institution||Memorial Hospital|
|2. Full Name of Deceased||Dr. Henry Wallis Ewing, Sr.|
|Length of Residence Where Death Occurred||_ Years _ Months 2 Days|
|Social Security Number|
|Residence of the Deceased Street and Number||2205 Park|
|Residence of the Deceased City||Houston|
|Residence of the Deceased County||Hsrris|
|Residence of the Deceased State||Texas|
|Personal and Statistical Particulars|
|4. Color or Race||White|
|5. Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced||Widowed|
|6. Date of Birth||November 17, 1867|
|7. Age||| 81 Years _ Months 12 Days|
|8A. Trade, Profession or Kind of Work Done||Retired Dentist|
|8B. Industry or Business in Which Engaged||—|
|9. Birthplace||Bloomington, Illinois|
|10. [Father's] Name||Henry Anderson Ewing|
|11. [Father's] Birthplace||Bloomington, Illinois|
|12. [Mother's] Maiden Name||Elizabeth Merriman|
|13. [Mother's] Birthplace||Hiusdale[sic], Masschusetts|
|14. [Informant's] Signature||Mrs. E.R. Barrow [typed]|
|[Informant's] Address||3402 Overbrook Lane, Houston, Texas|
|15. Place of Burial or Removal||Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas|
|[Burial] Date||November 30, 1948|
|16. [Undertaker] Signature||Geo H Lewis [signed]|
Geo.H.Lewis & Sons(Geo.H.Lewis #8) [typed]
|[Undertaker] Address||2402-06 Caroline St., Houston, Texas|
|18. Attended||4-20-1948 to 11-28-1948|
|Last Seen Alive||11-28-1948|
|Time of Death||2 A.M.|
|Primary Cause||Cor. Thrombo–|
|Contributing Cause||arteriosclerotic heart disease|
|If not due to disease, specify:|
|Accident, Suicide, or Homicide||\|
|Date of Occurrence||\|
|Place of Occurrence||\|
|Manner or Means||\|
|If Related to Occupation, Specify||No|
|Address||City Nat'l Bank Bldg.|
|File Number||4985 [stamped]|
|File Date||DEC 2 - 1948 [stamped]|
|Signature of Local Registrar||W.H. Alban|
|Postoffice Address||Houston, Texas|
Ghent Graves is not the society doctor who tried to help get me drafted in spite of my medical problems, but the father of that doctor.
"Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD5H-XFH : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Henry Wallis Ewing, 29 Nov 1948. Links to the wrong image. Correct image is 1158.
Relationship to Joshua "The Immigrant" Ewing: great-great-great-grandson
Relationship to Lars: Great Grandfather
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