Dr. Charles Herbert Carruthers was born on the 8th of January, 1895 in Point Edward (Lambton County), Ontario. He was the eldest child of 5 children born to Herbert James Carruthers and the former Lydia Marion O’Neil. Mr. Carruthers was an engineer with the Canadian Nation Railway for 53 years. Dr. Carruthers’ siblings were; Walter Bethune Carruthers, Calvert Mitchell Carruthers, Bruce Lyman Carruthers and a sister named Helen Grace Carruthers. Sadly Helen Grace died of peritonitis at the age of 7 on the 14th of September, 1909. The Carruthers family resided at 237 Wellington Street in Sarnia.
In 1919 Dr. Charles H. Carruthers graduated M.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
On the 11th of June, 1919, he married Eileen Belton in The Pas, Manitoba. Mrs. Carruthers was born in England in 1901 the 2nd of 4 daughters born to Joseph Benjamin Belton and the former Kate Ellen Dunmore. The Belton family immigrated to Canada aboard the Empress of Ireland, landing in Quebec on the 20th of July 1911. Her father was a caretaker in The Pas and her sisters were Doris, Kathleen and Hilda. 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’s of M.R.C.P.I. & L.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 where he continued to practice medicine. Florence is located in Lambton County on the border of Chatham-Kent. There are numerous birth and death records for Thamesville and Camden Township (Chatham-Kent), with Dr. Carruthers signature on them.
Dr. Carruthers belonged to the Florence Masonic Lodge. Mrs. Carruthers involved herself with the Red Cross Society and the Florence Women’s Institute.
On the 30th of June, 1939, Dr. Carruthers was working in his garden when he started feeling unwell. He called his friend, Dr. Ralph H. Walker of Thamesville. Dr. Walker went over immediately to Dr. Carruthers home in Florence and while he was speaking to him, Dr. Carruthers’ collapsed and died. Mrs. Carruthers died in 1991. Dr. and Mrs. Carruthers were buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Sarnia.
*All 3 of his brothers became physicians. Dr. Walter Carruthers and Dr. Calvert Carruthers opened the Carruthers Medical Clinic in Sarnia. Dr. Bruce Carruthers became a medical missionary in India.
**Dr. Carruthers’ son Bruce became a pharmacist and Bruce’s sons Wallace and Neil Carruthers both became physicians, but neither of them practiced medicine in Chatham-Kent.
***Dr. Carruthers brother, Dr. Walter Bethune Carruthers served Canada during WWI.
****Dr. Ralph Hiram Walker also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.