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 Clement “Clem” Yore

Clement “Clem” Yore

Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 24 Oct 1936 (aged 61)
Estes Park, Larimer County, Colorado, USA
Burial Cremated, Other
Memorial ID 67288963 · View Source
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Clement Yore (1875-1936) Colorado Laureate

From the Biographical Note, Clement Yore Papers, Western History Collection, Denver Public Library:

Clement Yore was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1875. At the age of twelve, he ran away from home and traveled as far west as Kansas. By age fourteen, he had relocated to western Nebraska. In 1890, at age fifteen, he joined the Texas Rangers in El Paso. Later he worked as a cowpuncher, packer and stage driver. In the early 1890s, Yore prospected for gold in Creede, Colorado. He journeyed to Cripple Creek, Colorado where he stayed for over a year, saving his money to return home.

Yore attended Augusta Military Academy in Virginia. He studied law at Washington University in St. Louis. Yore passed the bar examination and practiced law for a year. In 1896, he abandoned the practice of law to join the Klondike Gold Rush. Yore traveled through Seattle to Alaska and the Yukon Territory where he covered the gold rush as a journalist. He was a soldier in the Spanish-American War. When the war ended, he went to work for Randolph Hearst in San Francisco. Afterward, he moved to Chicago where he worked as the city editor of the Chicago American for seven years. In 1912, he left the newspaper business.

In 1914, Yore compiled a selection of his poems into the book, Songs of the Underworld. In addition to writing mystery and detective stories, he worked as a commercial copywriter. In 1915, he married his second wife, Alberta McAuley Plonke. They visited Estes Park, Colorado for their honeymoon and stayed.

The May 1918 edition of National Magazine states: "Since his sojourn in Colorado, mountains have found place in his soul, his verse teems with the bigness and freshness of the West, and has earned for him the laurels of Colorado's State Poet. In his poem Colorado is evidenced the versatility of his pen and the lessons the vasts have taught him."

Clem Yore wrote twenty novels, two books of verse, more than 600 short stories and 300 poems. He died at the age of sixty-one of a heart attack in his home in Estes Park, Colorado on October 24, 1936. He was buried on his Estes Park estate and in 1943 his body was removed and cremated.

The Harlot and The Nun
by Clement Yore
Two figures lay in the morgue
Dragged from the river deep:
A harlot was one the other a nun,
Wrapped in endless sleep,
With a cake of ice at their shoulders,
And nobody there to weep.

The features were much distorted,
Only the clothes could name,
Which was the nun and the other one
The woman lost to shame;
But the clothes were taken away
When the coroner s deputy came.

And somehow their garments were mixed,
And thus when identified,
The fallen one became the nun,
And she was sanctified;
And the holy sister was buried alone
As though her shame to hide.

The woman of shame lies honored,
In Calvary's holy ground,
While Sister Celeste always will rest
Till the very last trumpets sound,
As nineteen hundred and eight,
In a city's nameless mound.

So only the Master knows them
From the records of the mind;
"Judge not," He said, "the quick nor dead
Lest ye be judged in kind;"
For woman's woes are many,
And the human eyes are blind.

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