INFORMATION: Dr. Christopher Columbus “C.C” Rutherford
of the College of Medicine at Tulane University
in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rutherford, a pioneer medical physician at McDade, born
July 6, 1839, in Austin County, Texas, was the son of Robert Dudley
Rutherford & Harriet E. Simpson of Hinds County Mississippi.
He was one of, at least, two children born before his parents were
divorced. Both of his parents came to Texas. His father, Robert D., was born 1810, in Hinds County and
died unknown in Cherokee County, Texas.
His mother Harriet married a second time to James H. Meek.
Her birth date is unknown. She
died in 1875 and is believed buried in Ridgeway Cemetery, Paige area,
Bastrop County, Texas. The grave is unmarked.
Dr. C.C. Rutherford ‘s office was advertised in the McDade
Independent as being located in the rear of the Post Office building,
which was then the Nash Building/Rock Front Saloon and now the McDade
Historical Museum in 1901. Dr.
Rutherford declined the position of McDade postmaster January 3, 1884, but
did accept the position on January 15, 1891, and served in that capacity
until September 13, 1893. In the book, McDade Then and Now, we read; In the 1897, April
issue of the local newspaper Dr. Rutherford is building a new business
house next to the City Hotel, which will be occupied by the Drug firm of
Rutherford & Guthrie. Again
Dr. C.C. served as postmaster from January 12, 1898, until November 7,
1907. Stock in the firm of
Rutherford & Guthrie was sold to an early Texas druggist, William C.
Stewart, of Jefferson County, Missouri.
Druggist W.C. Stewart came to McDade about 1877, because the other
town in Texas, in which he had settled, was wild with lots of drinking,
shooting and killings. Mr.
Stewart invested in the small McDade drugstore (Rutherford & Guthrie)
Dr. C.C. Rutherford had two wives, (1) Martha N. Dunn and (2) Sarah
Arena Dunbar. Martha N. Dunn,
was born 1844 in Holmes County, Mississipi, wed June 1, 1860, at Washington County, Texas and died in 1867.
Sarah Arena Dunbar, born August 8, 1851,
was his second wife, marriage on
January 15, 1871. She was the
daughter of William Dunbar & Nancy Rowlett Dunbar who lived where the
Camp Swift Hospital once was located in Lake Bastrop Acres.
Sallie Dunbar Rutherford was the mother of several children. Sallie Rutherford died June 27, 1899 and Dr. Rutherford
died July 6, 1920, both are buried in the McDade Cemetery along with other
members of their immediate family.
Richard S. Boswell) Myrtle
Penelope RUTHERFORD born in 1893, daughter of Clinton RUTHERFORD. Myrtle
married A. A. GREENHAW
and their son John Thomas GREENHAW was the
father of Allene Elizabeth GREENHAW.
RUTHERFORD was born Jun.13, 1872 in Bastrop Co.
TX. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 Census in Giddings Twp., Lee
County. His sisters lived with him most of his life. e died in
April 1933 in Giddings. He
married Lilla G. HARRIS, born Oct.2,
1873 in Bastrop Co. TX in1892.
They had at least one other daughter; Lois Gonelle
RUTHERFORD, born Jun.21, 1897 and died Sept.17 the same year. Lilla
was the daughter of Hugh and Julia HARRIS from Madison County, TX.
C. C. married twice and between the two had twelve children.