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 Clarence Walter Huggins

Clarence Walter Huggins

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 12 Jul 1955 (aged 79)
Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Scott family
Memorial ID 83294409 · View Source
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Clarence Walter Huggins was the second-born son of James Thomas and Sarah A. (Reid) Huggins. He was the brother of Arthur, Miller and Myrtle 'Myrtie'.

Clarence, who went by Walter or Walt in his later years, graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. As a young adult he attended Ohio Wesleyan College followed by an upstart career playing baseball with his brother Miller. At the end of the 1800s he played shortstop for the Mansfield Haymakers. Miller was an outfielder for the Haymakers at the same time. A leg injury benched him, and his brother Miller moved to his shortstop position.

In the 1900 census Clarence is a bookkeeper in Cincinnati, Ohio, living with his widowed father and three siblings.

History records his brother Miller playing for the St. Paul Saints in Minnesota beginning in 1901. A December 5, 1903 clip in the Pittsburgh Press reports that Clarence either played for the team, too, or was, in some capacity, involved with the team: BASEBALL NOTES - "George Lennon, the St. Paul mogul, 'places' a lot of his baseball men in his clothing store during the winter. In addition to MILLER and CLARENCE HUGGINS he has Eddie Wheeler and one or two others on his staff..." Another newspaper brief stated Clarence negotiated on Miller's behalf with the Saints. Bearing that in mind, it's likely he helped negotiate Miller's 1904 contract with the Cincinnati Reds and may have advocated for Miller when he was playing for and managing the St. Louis Cardinals from 1910 - 1918.

On December 26, 1908 C. Walter Huggins married Lauretta 'Retta' (Miller) Gasdorf in Bexar Co., Texas - probably in San Antonio. Retta had two sons from her previous marriage to Joe Gasdorf: Joe R. and Frank C.

The 1910 census shows Clarence W., Retta and Frank C., 18 years old, living in St. Louis, Missouri, the same time Miller was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 1917 Walter and Retta are living in Detroit, Michigan, where his stepson Frank was a police officer. During this time Clarence was an automobile mechanic.

Retta died of breast cancer on July 21, 1923 at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit. Two years later on August 20, 1925 in Pinellas Co., Florida, Walter remarried to Esserine Mary (Scott) Placido. She had a son Arnold and a daughter Esserine L. from her previous marriage to Arnold Placido.

Walter was a filling station operator in St. Petersburg in 1927, as well as operator of a motor parts business with his brother Miller.

The 1930 Florida census shows Walter C. Huggins, retired, living in St. Petersburg, Florida with wife Esserine. While living in Florida he acquired several pieces of real estate.

His obituary in the Boston Daily Globe's July 14, 1955 edition reports he owned an auto parts business and died on July 12, 1955 in a hospital in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co., Florida. He is buried in the Scott family section of Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts, along with his wife Esserine, her parents and some of her siblings.

During the New York Yankees' heydays of the 1920s Miller Huggins' home in St. Petersburg was a lively place hosting many year-round family and friend visitors. Retta's granddaughter Dorothy I. Gasdorf recalled visiting his home.

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  • Created by: Jill S. (Gasdorf) Topper
  • Added: 11 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 83294409
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clarence Walter Huggins (13 Sep 1875–12 Jul 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 83294409, citing Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Jill S. (Gasdorf) Topper (contributor 46629902) .