Claude Samuel McClister (1912–1973)

Claude Samuel McClister was born on the 3rd April, 1912, in Salt Lake City, Utah [source nos. 1, 2], the third child, and second son, of Samuel Adam McLister (1864–1947) [3] and Carrie Swanson (1879–1957). Claude's father worked as a conductor with the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. [4] Claude had an older sister, Blinda May (1903-1978) [5], an older brother, Chauncey, who died at the age of seven in 1911 [6], and a younger brother, George Albert (1915-1990). [7]

Claude's paternal grandparents were Archibald McLister (1819-1896) and Mary Kilpatrick (1837-1888), who had emigrated from the counties of Antrim and Londonderry, respectively. Mary's family had fled the Great Famine in 1847. Archibald and Mary were married in Prescott, Ontario, and moved to Sherman, Ohio, in 1863. Claude's middle name, Samuel, probably derived from Mary's father, Samuel Kilpatrick (c.1810-1894).

During Claude Samuel McClister's early years, the family lived on West 4th South Street. [8] His parents became estranged in 1929, [9] but reconciled their differences within several years. [10]

When the 1940 census was enumerated on April 8th, Claude and his brother, George, were living with their parents at 801 West 4th South Street. Though their father was unable to work, both sons were employed. According to the census document, Claude had completed two years of high school, and worked as a mechanic in a laundry, while his brother, who completed four years in college, worked in government as a clerk. [Ibid.]

About three months later, Claude was married to Burnise Jackson (1917-1986), of Levi, Utah, the daughter of Enos Eugene Jackson and Lucy Hitesman. [11]

Not long after the U.S. entered the European theatre of the second World War, Claude enlisted on the 1st October, 1943, at Salt Lake City, Utah. He was assigned to the rank of Private, for a term equal to the duration of the War plus six months. The enlistment document included the following, additional details: two years of high school; civil occupation: Toolmakers and die sinkers and setters; marital status: married; height: 70 inches. [12] The draft card, drawn up by Local Board no. 11 recorded: Claude Samuel McClister, serial no. 39 921 012; address: 609 Van Court, SLC [Salt Lake City], Salt Lake County; wife: Burnise McClister, 609 Van Court, SLC; date of birth: 3 April 1911 [sic], race: white, sex: male, place of birth: SLC, Utah; length of Utah residence: Life; father: Samuel A. McClister, 801 W 4th So SLC; mother: Carrie Swanson, same address; education: three years of high school, West High School. [13] Near the end of the war, Claude shipped for home aboard the John Jay, which transported the 1614th Engineer Water Supply Company from Le Havre to New York, arriving on the 2nd July, 1945. [14]

In the postwar years, Claude worked as a foreman for Western Laundry Press (1948); an employee of Lang Company (1957); a welder for Lang (1959); and, an employee of Peterson Brothers (1965). During this period, Claude and Burnice lived at 2448 East 39th, and then at 1348 Dupont Drive. Burnise worked as a waitress (1957) and a cook (1965), renting at 1244 South West 8th South in 1957. [15]

On the 1st May, 1967, Claude was elected judge advocate of the V.F.W. (Veterans of Foreign Wars) [16]. Claude appears to have taken an active role in this organization, if the following two newspaper snippets are any indication:

   Salt Lake Tribune, 11 April 1972:
   Lots of Red Tape--Free to Bicyclers.
     A safety program that’s full of red tape will be
   conducted Saturday by members of Veterans of Foreign
   Wars Post 409, 833-2nd East.
     Claude McClister, post commander, said anyone
   bringing his bicycle to post headquarters can obtain
   free reflectorized tape to paste on bicycles.
   The day-long safety program begins at 10 a.m.
[17]

   Salt Lake Tribune, 8 May 1972:
   VFW Officials.
     Claude McClister has been installed as commander
   of the Clarence E. Allen Post 409 of the Veterans of
   Foreign Wars. James H. Hahn Jr. is senior vice
   commander and Edward Rees, junior vice commander.
     Auxiliary officers are Larue T. Hahn, president;
   Thelma Byrnes, senior vice president; and Carol Rees,
   junior vice president. [18]

On the 6th March, 1973, Claude Samuel McClister died, in his sixty-first year.

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After her husband Claude’s death in 1973, Burnise remarried, to George Edward Pritchett (1930-2002). [19] Burnise Pritchett, formerly McClister, née Jackson, died on the 29th August, 1986. [20]

Sources:

  1. U.S. 1920 census; S.A. McClister and family, Salt Lake City, Utah; enumerated 6 January 1920, enumeration district no. 111, ref. 801-86-97; original records: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls), Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29 (National Archives, Washington, D.C.) (2004-10-31).
  2. U.S. Social Security Death Index (SSDI); Claude McClister, born: 3 April 1912, died March 1973; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; SSN 529-16-3283; issued at Utah (before 1951); last residence: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA 84116; original records: Social Security Death Index, Master File (Social Security Administration).
  3. Claude Samuel McClister was of the second generation of McListers or McClisters in the line descending from Archibald McLister (1818) and Mary Kilpatrick (1837-1887). Except for their last child, the surname of Archy's and Mary's eldest seven children was spelt McLister, which, in the next generation, became McClister.
  4. U.S. 1910 Census; Samuel McClister and family, Salt Lake City, Utah; enumerated 26 April 1910; original records: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, ref. Sup. Dist. 1, Enum. Dist. 116.  Ref. 801-263-268, NARA microfilm T624, Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2004-10-30, by subscription).
  5. U.S. 1910 Census, op. cit.
  6. Utah Death Index, 1905-51; Chauncey McClister, date of death: 19 September 1911; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; State file no. 1911003168.
  7. U.S. 1920 census, op. cit.
  8. U.S. 1920 census, op. cit.
  9. The Salt Lake Tribune, "McClister Released on Bail," 9 September 1929; pg. 5; digitised by the University of Utah, and hosted online, Utah Digital Newspapers, www.udn.lib.utah.edu (accessed 2014-10-17). Transcription: McClister Released on Bail. Samuel A. McClister, 48 years of age, 801 West Fourth South street, was arrested yesterday on a warrant sworn out by his wife, Mrs. Carrie McClister. Mrs. McClister alleges that her husband threatened her life with a revolver at their home Friday night. McClister was released on bail. Also, The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper, “Trio Seek Release from Nuptial Ties,” 26 July 1929, pg. 30(?); database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-10-26, by subscription). Transcription: Trio Seek Release from Nuptial Ties. Asserting that on the night of last November 17 her husband threatened to attack her with a knife, and chased her out onto the street when she was clad only in a thin nightgown, Carrie McLister filed suit in Third district court Thursday for a divorce from Samuel A. McLister, whom she married at Farmington, November 18, 1901. Mrs. McLister asks the custody of three minor children and suitable alimony for their support. [Article outlines suits filed, involving two other couples.]
  10. U.S. 1940 Census; Sam MacClister and family, Salt Lake City, Utah; enumerated 8 April 1940; original records: United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940), ref. roll T627-4225, page 6B, enumeration district: 30-69; database held by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-09-18, by subscription).
  11. The Salt Lake Tribune, “Claude S. McClister,” (obituary), 8 March 1973, pg. B7; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-10-26, by subscription).
  12. U.S. WWII army enlistment records, 1938-1946; Claude S. McClister, enlisted 1st October 1943, Salt Lake City, Utah; original data from Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64, National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2011-05-24, by subscription).
  13. Utah, Military Records, 1861-1970; Claude Samuel McClister, series 85s68, reel 24; original records: Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service Military Service Cards [ca. 1878-1975]. Series 85268. Microfilm, 116 reels. Utah State Archives and Records Service, Salt Lake City, Utah. Series 6195. Microfilm, 1 reel. Utah State Archives and Records Service, Salt Lake City, Utah; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-10-19, by subscription).
  14. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957; Claude S. McLister, list no. 95, rec. sta. code no. (12), grade rank: pfc, ASR: 27, ASN: 39921012, Arm or service: CE, MOS: 345; original data: Passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1897-1957, National Archives microfilm publication T715, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, National Archives, Washington, DC; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2011-05-24, by subscription).
  15. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989; Claude S. McClister; Salt Lake City, Utah, City Directory (1948, 1957, 1959, 1965); database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-10-26, by subscription).
  16. The Salt Lake Tribune, re: Samuel McClister elected judge advocate of the V.F.W.,  7 April 1967, pg. 17; digitised newspapers hosted by www.newspapers.com (accessed 2014-10-20, by subscription).
  17. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Lots of Red Tape--Free to Bicyclers," 11 April 1972, pg. 11; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-10-26, by subscription). Transcription: Lots of Red Tape--Free to Bicyclers. A safety program that’s full of red tape will be conducted Saturday by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 409, 833-2nd East. Claude McClister, post commander, said anyone bringing his bicycle to post headquarters can obtain free reflectorized tape to paste on bicycles. The day-long safety program begins at 10 a.m.
  18. The Salt Lake Tribune, "VFW Officials," 8 May 1972, pg. 8C; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-10-26, by subscription). Transcription: VFW Officials. Claude McClister has been installed as commander of the Clarence E. Allen Post 409 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. James H. Hahn Jr. is senior vice commander and Edward Rees, junior vice commander. Auxiliary officers are Larue T. Hahn, president; Thelma Byrnes, senior vice president; and Carol Rees, junior vice president.
  19. U.S. Public Records Index, Vol. I; entries for Burnise J. Pritchett and George Edward Pritchett; original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-10-26, by subscription).
  20. Find a Grave memorial no. 29229611 for Burnise Jackson McClister Pritchett, born 3 November 1921, died 29 August 1986; buried in Valley View Memorial Park, West Valley City, Salt Lake County, Utah; memorial created by Barbara Anne Brownell; online at www.findagrave.com (accessed 2014-09-26).

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