M. D. Ewell, who is superintendent of highways in Oswego County, has an outstanding record in engineering work.
He was born in Wyoming County, N. Y., April 15, 1884, the son of Rudely and Alice (Smith) Ewell.
Rudely Ewell and his wife were natives of Wyoming County. He attended the district schools and was a graduate of
Middlebury Academy. He taught school for several years and later engaged in farming. Mr. Ewell was a Republican
and held the office of county assessor. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He died in 1891 and his wife died
in 1921. They were the parents of two sons: 1. Earl, who lives on the old home stead in Wyoming County. 2. M. D.,
the subject of this sketch.
The boyhood of M. D. Ewell was spent on his father's farm and after his graduation from Wyoming High School he
entered Lafayette College at Easton, Pa., from which he received a degree in Civil Engineering in 1907. He began
his professional career with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at New Castle, Pa. Later he was connected with the
state department in New York and engaged in canal construction. In 1914 Mr. Ewell accepted a position with the
Concrete Steel Engineering Company of New York City, and while identified with that organization he was in charge
of the construction of the following bridges: Lafayette Street Bridge, Ogdensburg; Oswego River Bridge at Minetto,
N. Y.; Grass River Bridge, at Massena, N. Y.; Court Street Bridge, at Watertown; and four bridges over the Racquette
River at Potsdam, N. Y. In 1924 Mr. Ewell located in Watertown where he was associated in business with Donald
H. Breen. After a year he returned to the employ of the Concrete Steel Engineering Company and was sent to West
Virginia by that firm. Later he was in charge of contracts at Port Ontario and Texas, N. Y. In February, 1929,
Mr. Ewell assumed his present duties as superintendent of highways in Oswego County. In this position he has been
in charge of the building of numerous bridges throughout the county.
In 1908 Mr. Ewell was married to Miss Eudora Johnson, of Phillipsburg, N. J., the daughter of John W. and Mary
(Yauger) Johnson, natives of New Jersey. Both are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Ewell have a daughter, Alice, born Sept.
17, 1917. She is a student at Fulton High School.
Mr. Ewell is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to Hiram Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 144,
Fulton Chapter, R. A. M. No. 167, and Fulton Council, No. 150. He and his family live at 307 Cayuga Street, Fulton.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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