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Steven Colson (#47716714)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 19 days
Suzi
CLARK FAMILY Relation
Dear Steve,

I was looking through some of my past research I ran across this on Anna's family, the SLABYS. I don't know if her parents had previously come to this area or if accompanied or possibly followed their married children here. Their farm was just across the line in Kansas. The parents, Albert and Anna, died here in 1891 and 1893. Serendipidiously, their burials occurred exactly two years apart. I found that I have an obituary for Fanny, a daughter who died in September of 1893 previous to her mother's death which followed in October. A brief article states that some of the Slaby family members were sick with the same fever as their mother. Her obit says that she died of typhoid fever. Fanny's obit doesn't refer to her cause of death but said that she had been staying at the home of her sister, Mrs. Anthony Clark, in Red Cloud; was being cared for there due to the sickness of her mother; and had been ill for several weeks. I don't see an obit for the father in my materials. I have never checked Lebanon, Kansas newspapers for obits but since the family lived in Kansas that might be a good source.

Reading these obits from 1893 makes me wonder if the deaths of any of the Clark children were also due to typhoid. I need to check out dates because it could have also have been the opposite with the SLABY family members being exposed through one of the CLARK children. I love the conjecturing that accompanies research and know in most cases that I won't find the answer.

I'm assuming that all of the SLABY family members mentioned here were buried at the WEBB HILL CEMETERY located just over the line in Kansas. I have not been there for years but am thinking I need to do so prior to deer hunting season. If I would have been thinking, I would have checked out the Webb Hill site on FIND A GRAVE before writing to you and will do so as soon as I wrap things up here.

As always and until next time ~
Suzi YOST SCHULZ

Added by Suzi on Oct 08, 2016 12:21 PM

Suzi
RE: CLARK Family
NEWS FLASH: I thought you might enjoy this, Steven!

Working in research and genealogy I have always appreciated all the information that can be gleaned from the 1900 Census. Last night while wandering through some of these I happened on to the 1900 Census for Furnas County, Nebraska and saw the CLARKs.

As I had surmised or at least wondered earlier, evidently Tony and Anna did have two more children who died early deaths. If you check out the one column it says that Anna gave birth 10 times and that 3 of those individuals were living in 1900. Since only five of the seven are buried in the RC Cemetery, it looks like you might have a possible quest in Iowa or Kansas.

That's something I have come to accept and actually welcome in research - it seems that for every question I am able to answer, I always come up with many more that need answered. Happy researching!
Sincerely,
Suzi

Added by Suzi on Jul 20, 2016 9:34 AM

Suzi
RE: CLARK Family
I haven't had a chance to look at your additions, but plan to do so in a few minutes. To answer your question: Red Cloud was and still is divided into two wards, the south being the 1st ward and the north being the 2nd ward. At the time you were inquiring about, businesses existed in both wards but the majority in the town proper in the north ward. As was quite commonplace, many of the railroading families lived in the south ward which was, of course, closer to their livelyhoods. Some of my relatives who were associated with the RR lived there, too.

However, at times there was a stigma sometimes associated with being from the "south part of town." One of my uncles has related to being a "southie." I love the history.

Willa Cather had many friends from the south part of town and she always wrote of those personalities with much conviction and tenderness. One character, Spanish Johnnie, is a prime example of this. You could tell from her stories that she had definitely experienced life after dark in the south ward. Even as a child, she and her neighborhood friends often frequented the railroad arrivals, departures, and general happenings. Many times they would travel there via the neighbors' pony and cart, but also walked as was common with kids then. The streetcar traveled from the uptown hotels to the railroad and back from 1887 until 1917-18. I'm sure your ancestors would have utilized that also. If you check out the website I have developed (and continue to work on) called www.walkredcloud.com you will get a glimpse of the streetcar, etc. Unfortunately, I have yet to share more stories associated with southern Red Cloud, as well as many other sites.

Sincerely,
Suzi YOST SCHULZ

Added by Suzi on Jul 10, 2016 5:32 PM

Oldergraver
RE: Robert James Moore
But you think she's in memorial? The directory is off but I'll try to find her some day and get you a picture. Not sure

Added by Oldergraver on Jul 04, 2016 1:58 PM

Oldergraver
RE: Robert James Moore
So how about gertrude. Did you find her?

Added by Oldergraver on Jul 04, 2016 10:41 AM

Oldergraver
RE: Robert James Moore
So how about gertrude

Added by Oldergraver on Jul 04, 2016 10:40 AM

Oldergraver
RE: Robert James Moore
In McCook or Bartley?

Added by Oldergraver on Jun 29, 2016 12:49 PM

Oldergraver
RE: Robert James Moore
Im not sure I will have to check. I could be mixed up because i photograph a lot of cemeteries in a day sometime. Ill let you know then you can change if Im wrong. Sorry Deb

Added by Oldergraver on Jun 29, 2016 8:49 AM

Suzi
CLARK Family
Steve,

It was great to read Tony's obit. He definitely sounded like he was quite popular with the locals. At the time of his death the obits were still composed by newspaper personnel. Interesting that the newspaper was still referring to Albert John/John Albert as "Bert" which I would guess was how he was known around RC.

The note on Anna quite possibly helps explain some of her behaviors, as well. It makes one wonder when she started exhibiting psychotic-related behaviors. I might assume that those actions observed by family members were only a glimpse into the larger picture.

Sincerely,
Suzi

Added by Suzi on Jun 27, 2016 8:26 AM

Suzi
RE: FIVE CLARK CHIDREN
Steve,

Thank you for the added information. We all have different paths that lead us and sometimes govern the direction that our lives take.

While checking RC newspaper records to see if there was any mention of Katie's death in 1897, I couldn't help but notice a note in the "Localettes" section on page 5 that stated that "Miss Nellie CLARK left Wednesday for Des Moines, Iowa." It didn't give any other details but future issues might.

I don't think I made mention of it and maybe it is something that you are already aware of, but all known issues of the RED CLOUD CHIEF from the early 1870's through or to 1923 are available online. They are found under digitized newspapers on the CHRONICLING AMERICA site.

Once again, I thank you for the information and will get the other memorials transferred to you. I just would like to cross-reference my other records to see if they can be added to what is presently shown on Find A Grave.

Sincerely - once again,

Suzi YOST SCHULZ

Added by Suzi on Jun 25, 2016 9:26 AM

Suzi
RE: FIVE CLARK CHIDREN
As you can see some of the facts regarding the CLARKs are somewhat foggy to me. However, looking at my info. on Ancestry I have actually done a good amount of research on them. I saw from some cemetery records that I have that the undertaker at the time of Florence's death, was Frank Taylor. I'm not aware if the current funeral home would have any of these records or not.

Given the span in years between the three surviving children and the frequency that Anna became pregnant in the 1890's, it almost makes me wonder if they had other children who died in infancy before they were located in RC. The 1885 census has them located in Iowa. We know by John's birth that they were located just across the state line in 1886 and I haven't checked for a location at the time of Grace's birth. The 1900 census has them located in Oxford, Furnas County, Nebraska and the 1910 census finds them back in RC. Unfortunately, no census records exist for our area for 1890 with the exception of Civil War veterans.

Many of the local SLABY family members were Catholic and various SLABYs are buried in the Sacred Heart Cemetery here. However, if any of the children that died as infants had not been christened in the church prior to their deaths, they would not have been allowed to have been buried in a burial ground that had been consecrated by the church. At the times of their deaths there were two other Catholic cemeteries besides the one now used. What I am getting at here is that IF the family would have been following the Catholic faith during this time of their lives, some of the children would have been christened in the church and records should exist of that. This would probably help to clear up some dates, as well as supply full names.

As was a common practice, it appears that John Albert CLARK was most likely named Albert John but decided to become John Albert at some point when he was no longer at home. Back then that was easy to get away with as birth and death certificates weren't required until at least 1906.

I was sorry to hear of Tony's tough circumstances and he certainly died when times were tough. I find Anna's age at the time of her death amazing. I was saddened to see that she had outlived all but one or two of her adult children, as well. I saw on the 1940 census that she was still living by herself. They lived in the south ward in RC. This is where many of the railroaders lived and times were generally a bit tougher in this part of town. Given the names of her neighbors on this census I can almost pinpoint where she lived and I'm sure other sources could lead us to this as well. I'm sure some of the older residents here would probably remember her, too. My Dad, a lifelong RC resident, is nearly 87 so I'll have to ask him.

Aware of the circumstances of Anna's life, her strong German upbringing, as well as other age factors, Anna's gypsy-like behaviors don't really come as that big of a surprise to me.

Sorry I have rambled so long but wanted to let you know these things while they were still on my mind. I will also get photos of the stones scanned in in the next week or so. I hope some of this information has been helpful to you and look forward to learning more about the family. It will be interesting to see if any photos of the deceased children crop up. Given Nellie's age at the time of their births and deaths, I am somewhat surprised that Nellie didn't make mention of this. But on the other hand, maybe it was a chapter in her life that she thought best to shelve. I can't imagine what the household atmosphere must have been like during those trying years. I don't think I could have mustered the faith it must have taken to face another day. Cemetery research over the years has definitely given me a respect for the frailities associated with life. Good luck with your research.

Sincerely,
~Suzi YOST SCHULZ

Added by Suzi on Jun 24, 2016 3:55 PM

Suzi
Photos of CLARK stones
Steve,

I forgot to mention that I do have photos of the CLARK stones in the Red Cloud Cemetery but will need to scan them as they were photographed many years ago.

Sincerely,
Suzi YOST SCHULZ

Added by Suzi on Jun 23, 2016 9:55 PM

Suzi
FIVE CLARK CHIDREN
Steve,

I gladly transferred the memorials for Anthony (Tony) and Anna SLABY CLARK to you. Sorry it took so long but I am only able to work on this website in spurts. If agreed upon by you, I would also like to transfer the memorials for their children who died in infancy during the 1890's and are also buried in the CLARK family plot in the Red Cloud Cemetery.

Hopefully, you will be able to add some photos and more of the CLARK & SLABY family histories to the memorials. I don't think that I know any of the CLARK family members but am familiar with many of the SLABY descendants. I do know that Tony was employed by the railroad and worked from the yards in RC but was transferred to McCook. If I recall correctly, I think I remember from some of my newspaper research (which is voluminous) that at least one of the children died after they had moved to McCook and Tony and Anna returned the body to RC for burial. I have never researched the CLARKS in depth, but I do plan to so I can include a story on the family in a book I am working on about the RC Cemetery. Aware of the heartbreaks they must have faced, I truly marvel at how they were able to conjure up the fortitude to, not only carry on with their lives, but also provide a future for their surviving children.

It appears that they initially purchased a stone to mark Florence's burial in 1891. As if the death of one child wasn't enough to experience, they were forced to utilize the other sides of the stone when Frank died in January of 1894 followed by Elsie/Altha the next month and Katie in June of 1896. In September of 1897 they faced the unthinkable and added a duplicate name to one of the sides when their babe, five-week-old Margaret, died. I think I do have the causes of death researched on some of the children but can't recall at this time.

Again, I hope you will consider adding these additional names to those you caretake, and I look forward to following your additions on the CLARK-SLABY families.

Sincerely,
~Suzi YOST SCHULZ

Added by Suzi on Jun 23, 2016 9:46 PM

Don Green
RE: Edilson Grave Marker
You're very welcome, Steve. Glad I could help out !

Don

Added by Don Green on Feb 10, 2012 9:47 PM

Chris Mills
Dorothy Edilson
You're welcome!

Added by Chris Mills on Feb 06, 2012 8:57 PM

Chris Mills
Dorothy Edilson
I transferred her memorial to you.

Re: the marker, maybe you will win the lottery and march to the cemetery and order a new marker. It always amazes me when people do things like you described, people are strange sometimes ...

Added by Chris Mills on Feb 06, 2012 8:24 PM

Oldergraver
Steven
If I forgot anyone related. Go to edit at top op memorial and put you number in and I will transfer those too. Deb

Added by Oldergraver on Feb 06, 2012 11:40 AM

Oldergraver
Sponsor ship
If you join find a grave and want your family in Riverview let me know I will gladly transfer. Deb

Added by Oldergraver on Feb 05, 2012 6:41 PM

 
 

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