|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1891|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1962|
Los Angeles County
Clarence Colby was the third child born to William Miles Colby and Delila Louise Fattig.
in Jamestown, Kansas. Shortly after his birth, the family moved across the state line near the Republican River Valley town of Riverton, Nebraska. The family settled about three miles out of town on a dry land farm. William supplemented his income as a farmer by digging wells for local people. Clarence grew up a farmer and in 1912, he married Minnie Maroa Moser, daughter of Romanus Calvin Moser and his wife Emma.Jane Ross Moser. In 1917, Clarence, Minnie and their two oldest children Orral and Olive, joined Clarence's brother Bob's (Albert) family in homesteading property in Maysdorf, Wyoming about 25 miles south of the Railroad town of Gillette. Minnie returned to Riverton for the birth of her two youngest sons Fay and Delmar.
Dry land homesteading in hilly country meant water had to be hauled from a nearby creek and supplies brought from a day's wagon trip away in Gillette. In 1924, Minnie complained of a severe headache. While rushing her to town in the wagon, she passed away. Clarence and his children moved back to Riverton.
During the dust storms and bank failures of the Depression, the Riverton farm was lost and Clarence and his youngest son, Delmar and Clarence's friend Arch moved to California in the old Model T Ford with a mattress tied on top. They were employed as migrant farm workers and on WPA projects. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Clarence found a job at the Douglas Aircraft Plant in Long Beach, California. At that time the entire aircraft plant and its parking lots were covered with camouflage netting. There he met Ethel Ardis. They were married in 1942 and found a little cottage in a "court" near the plant. Clarence's son (Delmar) (Hoyt) and Ethel's sons Don and Kenneth became friends as well as stepbrothers and their children grew up as cousins. At the end of the war, Clarence and Ethel moved to Lancaster, California where they lived on a Hay Ranch and Clarence ran the irrigation system. Later they moved to Pomona, California near Ethel's son Don's family where Clarence worked as a school crossing guard, where he loved greeting the children each day on their way to school. After a long period of declining health, Clarence died just before Christmas in 1962.
The Inland Valley Bulletin
Clarence Colby of 746 S. Currier Street died in Pomona Valley Community Hospital at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after a long period of falling health.
Mr. Colby was born August 6, 1891, in Jamestown, Kansas, and was reared in Nebraska. Since coming to California in 1939 he has lived in Los Angeles County and vicinity, and for the last six years he has been a resident of Pomona.
Besides his widow, Mrs. Ethel A. Colby, he is survived by three sons, Orrol Clarence Colby of Riverton, Nebraska, Fay O. Colby of Longview, Washington, and Delmar Hoyt Colby of Compton; a daughter, Olive Holmes of Fort Morgan, Colorado; two stepsons, Don Thompson of Pomona and Kenneth Thompson of Duarte; a brother Albert Colby of Gaston, Oregon; five sister, Bessie Boyce of Denver, Colorado, Clara Cordle of Franklin, Nebraska, Elsie Waldren of Cameron, Missouri, Mina Thompson and Sylvia Brown, both of Riverton, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 in Todd Memorial Chapel. Dr. W. B. Timberlake, pastor of the White Avenue Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Oakdale Memorial Park, Glendora.
William Miles Colby (1864 - 1937)
Delila Louise Fattig Colby (1869 - 1931)
Ethel A. Ardis Colby (1894 - 1993)*
Minnie Maroa Moser Colby (1894 - 1924)*
Orral Clarence Colby (1913 - 1997)*
Olive Maroa Colby Holmes Moore (1916 - 1996)*
Fay Olen Colby (1918 - 1990)*
Bessie E Colby Boyce (1890 - 1971)*
Clarence Colby (1891 - 1962)
Mina Mabel Colby Thompson (1904 - 1982)*
Oakdale Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
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Originally Created by: Eddie Warren
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