Mac Carthew

Job Title(s)

Carder, Spinner, Foreman 

Dates of Employment

c. 1928-1960

Last Name  Carthew 
First Name  Mac (John) 
Middle Initial  J 
Born  13 Aug 1902 
Home Address (1929-1934)  1795 S. Capitol 


Died  14 Jan 1984 
Place Buried  Belcrest 
Spouse  Velma Eileen 
Date of Marriage  1928 (he 25, she 17) 
Children  None known 
Dates of Employment  At least 1928 to 1960 
Job(s)  Carder, Spinner, Foreman 
Story  John “Mac” Carthew worked at TKWM from about 1928 to 1960 as a carder, spinner, then foreman. 

John M. Carthew was born in Wisconsin in 1902 to Raymond J and Fannie McKenzie Carthew. Ray and Fannie separated when Mac was about 5. Ray went to live with his parents and stayed in Wisconsin for the remainder of his life.  

After John’s parents separated, he, his mother Fannie and his sister Kathryn lived with Fannie’s elderly Aunt Irene in Wisconsin. Then, between 1910 and 1920, Fannie, John and Kathryn left Wisconsin to live with Fannie’s mother Susanna McKenzie in Salem.  

 By 1920, Fannie claimed to be divorced and John started using the name Mac J. Carthew. In May of that year, Mac enlisted in the Navy at age 18. He apparently served on the east coast as he was a patient on the hospital ship USS Mercy for a short time. The Mercy was based out of Yorktown, VA and served the eastern seaboard at that time. Mac was released from the service 21 May 1923 and he returned to Salem. 

In 1925, Mac and several other men, were convicted of a crime in Marion County but the judge immediately paroled Mac from a six-month sentence after he pleaded guilty. The police testified that Mac “was least to be blamed of the men involved in the case.” 

By 1928, Mac was working at TKWM and on a straighter path when he married Velma (maiden name unknown). He was 25 and she was 17. Velma was an office worker for several years while Mac continued to work at TKWM until 1960 when he was a foreman. In 1961, he moved to a foreman’s position at the Paris Woolen Mill in Stayton and worked there for many more years. Mac and Velma apparently had no children.  

Mac passed away on 14 Jan 1984. Velma passed in 1998 at age 87. She and Mac are buried in Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem. 

Name  Remarks 
Census  1900Raymond J Carthew. Married. Home Lancaster WI. Wife Fannie 23, Catherine 1. Livery Man. 

1905John M. Carthew, B approx. 1903, Home Lancaster WI. Father Raymond J 28, Mother Fannie 28, Sister. HOH Susanna McKenzie (possibly Fannie’s Mother) 

1910John 7, B 1903, Home Lancaster, WI. HOH Irene McKenzie 70 Widow (possibly Fannie’s Aunt), Own income. Phenish Carthew 37 (Married). Katheryn M,11 (Grand D), John M 7 (Grand S) 

Raymond J Carthew 36. Home Lancaster with mother, father, and siblings. Married. Traveling Salesman. 

1920John 17, B 1903, Home 1920 Haines St, Salem. Son. Fannie 43 (Divorced), Katherine 21, Suza McKenzie 80. No occupation for any. 

Raymond Carthew. Single, Boarder in Wisconsin. 

1930Mac Carthew 27, Velma 19 (b in WA). Owned home 1795 S. Capitol, Salem. Married at ages 25 and 17. 

Raymond Carthew. Divorced. Living with Mother in WI. 

1940Mac Carthew 37, Velma 29. Spinner 

Raymond Carthew 64. Divorced. Living in WI, 

Salem City Directories   1928:  Mac J and Velma Carthew. Spinner TKWM. H. 1795 S Capitol. 

1935:  Mac J Carthew. Spinner, TKWM, same home address. 

1971:  Mac J Carthew. Overseer, Paris WM, same home address 

Oregon MV Reg  Owned a 1938 Ford PU in 1942 
Wisconsin Birth Cert  John M. Carthew. Father J. Raymond Carthew, Mother Fannie McKenzie 
WW2 Draft Card  Mac Johnson Carthew 39. B in Lancaster, WI on 13 Aug 1902. Registered 14 Feb 1942. Worked at TKWM. Next of kin K. Carthew. (Why not Velma?) 
SSA Death Index  SSN 541-097683, Lived in Zip 97302 (Salem, OR) B 13 Aug 1902, D Jan 1984 
Find a Grave  Mac Johnson Carthew, 13 Aug 1902 – 17 Jan 1984. Born in WI, Grave Belcrest. Mother Fannie McKenzie 1877 – 1958. Spouse Velma Eileen 1910-1998. Sister Kathryn M. Carthew 1989 – 1963 (Headstone shared with Mother Fannie) 


Velma Eileen Carthew. B 10 Apr 1910 in WA. D 9 Mar 1998 (aged 87) in Marion County, OR. Belcrest Memorial Park.  

WW2 Draft Registration  Mac Johnson Carthew age 39. B 13 Aug 1902 in Lancaster, WI. Home Salem, OR. Reg date 14 Feb 1942. Working for TKWS. Weight 150, complexion light brown, eyes blue, hair brown, height 5’ 8”. Head of household.  
DoD BIRLS Death File  Mac Carthew, b 13 Aug 1902, d 17 Jan 1984. SSN 541097683. Branch Navy. Enl 26 May 1920, Released 21 May 1923.  
Registration of Patients in Navy Hospitals  Mac J Carthew, admission 5 Jul 1921, discharged 7 Jul 1921. USS Mercy hospital ship 
Naval History and Heritage Command  On-line article: Mercy I (AH-4) 

Visuals  CJ Clip 11 Jul 1925 Mac Carthew conviction  
  SJ Clip 21 Dec 1936 M Carthew reckless driving 
  SJ Clip 27 Jul 1983 Sister Kathryn obit 
  SJ Clip 18 Jan 1984 M Carthew obit – Navy vet, Spinning Foreman 
WHC Catalog Items  M3 1966-001     Mill Records  

1979.001.0002  Photograph