Dr. Charles Herbert Carruthers was born on the 8th of January, 1895 in Point Edward, Lambton County, the eldest child of Herbert James Carruthers and the former Lydia Marion O’Neil. Mr. Carruthers was an engineer with the railway. Dr. Carruthers had 3 younger brothers, Walter, Calvert and Bruce and a younger sister Helen Grace. Sadly Helen Grace died of peritonitis at the age of 7. The family was raised at a residence located at 237 Wellington Street in Sarnia. His brothers all became physicians. Dr. Walter Carruthers and Dr. Calvert Carruthers opened the Carruthers Medical Clinic in Sarnia. His brother Dr. Bruce Carruthers became a medical missionary in India.
In 1919 Dr. Charles H. Carruthers graduated M.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston. On the 11th of June, 1919, he married Eileen Belton in The Pas, Manitoba. Mrs. Carruthers was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1910. After their marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Carruthers settled in Star City, Saskatchewan. Star City is a small town located in Central Saskatchewan. In 1927 Dr. Carruthers took postgraduate studies in Ireland and he was granted the degree of L.M.M. from the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr. and Mrs. Carruthers had 3 sons; Bruce, Wallace and Neil.
In 1931, Dr. and Mrs. Carruthers moved to Florence, (Lambton County), where he continued to practice medicine. Birth and death records for Kent County, indicate that Dr. Carruthers travelled the short distance to Kent County to see patients throughout his tenure in Florence. Dr. Carruthers’ belonged to the Florence Masonic Lodge. Mrs. Carruthers involved herself in the Red Cross Society and the Florence Women’s Institute.
On the 30th of June, 1939, Dr. Carruthers had been working in his garden and called Dr. Ralph H. Walker of Thamesville, as he wasn’t feeling well. Dr. Walker went over immediately to Dr. Carruthers home in Florence and while he was speaking to him, Dr. Carruthers’ collapsed and died. He was buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Sarnia. His son Bruce became a pharmacist. Wallace and Neil Carruthers both became physicians. (Neither son practiced in Kent County).
Mrs. Carruthers died in 1991 and she was also buried at Lakeview Cemetery.
*Dr. Carruthers brother Dr. Walter Bethune Carruthers served Canada during WWI.
**Dr. Ralph Hiram Walker also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.