Clem Isaac McClister (1887–1951)

Clem Isaac McClister [source no. 1] was born on the 10th April, 1887, at Western Star, Summit County, Ohio. He was the only child of William John McLister (1861-1940) and Cora A. Tinstman (1864-1918). [2] Clem's father worked as a coal miner and a day labourer [2,3]; he was hired on by the Firestone Company in 1902 [4].

Clem's paternal grandparents were Archibald McLister (1819-1896) and Mary Kilpatrick (1837-1888), who emigrated to Canada from the counties of Antrim and Londonderry, respectively. Mary's family fled the Great Famine in 1847; two of her brothers and her aunt died during the sea voyage, or shortly after their arrival. Archibald and Mary were married in Prescott, Ontario, and moved to Sherman, Ohio, in 1863. Clem's father, William John McLister (1861-1940), was born at Prescott.

Clem Isaac McClister's early years were spent at 210 Yale Street in Akron. [5] In his early twenties, Clem worked for a rubber and tire building factory in Detroit. When the 1910 census was enumerated, Clem was boarding with David and Ina Metting at 865 Champlain Street in Detroit. [6]

On the 2nd April, 1917, Clem married Frona L. Malcuit (1897-1972), of Salt Creek township, Wayne County, Ohio, daughter of Louis Malcuit and Emma C. Huguelet. [7] The first couple of years of their marriage were tumultuous.

First, after the U.S. became involved in the Great War, Clem registered for the armed service on the 5th June, 1917. [8] Then, as their first anniversary approached in 1918, Frona gave birth to twin girls, Fae Marguerite (1918-1996) and Mae Marjorie (1918-2004). [9] Later in the same year, Clem's mother died suddenly, of a cerebral hemorrhage. [10] Finally, their only son, Jack, died on the day he was born, 13 July, 1919. [11,12]

After the war, Clem returned to the workforce as a foreman at Goodyear Rubber & Tire in Akron. [13] In 1920, the family lived at 1483 Preston Road [Ibid.], and in 1930, at 503 Dayton Street, Apt. 1. By the latter date, Clem was working as a salesman in real estate. [14]

In 1940, when the census was enumerated, Clem was still working as a realtor. His wife, Frona, and daughters, Mae and Fae, were employed as salesladies in retail. The family was living at 792 Aberdeen Street. [15]

In 1942, Clem was required to sign up for the draft. As explained on Ancestry's web site: "The Fourth Registration, often referred to as the 'old man's registration,' was conducted on 27 April 1942 and registered men who [were] born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897—men who were between 45 and 64 years old—and who were not already in the military." [16] The draft card recorded the following details: Serial number: U2238; name: Clem Issac [sic] McClister; place of residence: 506 Vaughn Trail. Rd. 4, Akron, Summit, Ohio; telephone: MI 2130; age in years: 55; date of birth: Apr. 10, 1887; place of birth: Western Star, Ohio; name and address of person who will always know your address: Mae McClister, 506 Vaughn Trail, Rd. 4, Akron; employer's name and address: Goodyear Aircraft Co., Akron, Ohio. [17]

Clem Isaac McClister died on the 21st December, 1951, as noticed in the 22nd December, 1951 edition of The Akron Beacon Journal:

   CLEM I. McCLISTER
     Services will be at 1 p. m. Monday in the Billow
   Chapel for Clem I. McClister, 64-year-old retired
   Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. worker.
     Mr. McClister died Friday at his home 506 Vaughn
   Trail in the Portage Lakes district, where he had
   been a resident for 60 years. He had been ill a
   long time.
     Besides his wife, Frona, he leaves two daughters,
   Mrs. Milton Shoemaker, Akron and Mrs. Ernest E.
   Habbig, Hawaii.* He also leaves four grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the Billow Chapel after 4 p. m.
   today. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery. [18]

* Note: In the obituary, above, the name, Mrs. Ernest E. Habbig, appears to be an error. While the married name of Clem's daughter, Mae, was given correctly as Mrs. Milton Shoemaker, his daughter, Fae, was not married to Ernest Habbig (or Habig), but to Russell Edgar Workman, and they lived in Akron. In the U.S. 1940 Census, Ernest E. Habig was recorded as a Lutheran minister, born in Indiana in 1909; his wife, Marjorie, was born in Virginia in 1912; and, the couple was living in Boulder, Colorado. [19] The error in the obituary may have arisen if the Rev. Mr. Habig officiated at the funeral: the Sandusky Register noted the presence of  "the Rev. Ernest E. Habig, Akron" at the opening of the 32nd annual summer school of the United Lutheran Church in 1953. [20]

Clem's wife, Frona, died in Cuyahoga Falls, on the 25th May, 1972:

     CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Services for Mrs. Frona L.
   McClister, 75, of 1762 Twenty-third st., will be
   at 10 a. m. Saturday from St. Paul Evangelical
   Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery.
     A 70-year resident of the Akron area, Mrs. McClister
   died Thursday at Akron St. Thomas Hospital following a
   short illness.
     She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
   Church and the Senior citizens Club of St. John
   Lutheran Church.
     Mrs. McClister leaves daughters Mrs. Mae Shoemaker
   and Mrs. Fae Workman, both of Akron; brother, Frank
   Malcuit, Cuyahoga Falls, and four grandchildren.
     Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at
   Billows Falls Chapel. [21]

Sources:

  1. Clem Isaac McClister was of the second generation of McListers or McClisters 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.
  2. U.S. 1900 Census; William John McLister and family, Akron, Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 2nd June 1900; supervisor’s district no. 16, enumeration district no. 73, Akron ward 5; original records: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Twelfth Census of the U.S.; archived at National Archives and Records Administration, roll T623-1324, page 3A; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2011-05-24, by subscription).
  3. U.S. 1880 Census; Archibald McLister, Mary Kilpatrick, and family, Norton (Village of Dennison), Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 7 June 1880; supervisor’s district no. 8, enumeration district no. 176; original records: Tenth Census of the United States (1880), NARA microfilm T9-1069, page 318B, Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, DC; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2011-05-25, by subscription).
  4. India Rubber & Tire Review (journal), published by the India Rubber Review Company, Vol. XIX (1919); re: employment of William John McClister (1861-1940).
  5. U.S. 1900 Census; op. cit.
  6. U.S. 1910 Census; Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan; enumerated 16 April 1910; supervisor’s district no. 1, enumeration district no. 190, City ward no. 13; original records: Thirteenth Census of the United States (1910), NARA microfilm T624-686, page 2B, Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2011-05-24, by subscription).
  7. Marriage Record: Marriage License Application, and Entry (of Marriage), certificate no. 22775, 30 March 1917, Akron, Ohio; Clem McClister, age 29 on the 10th April 1916, residence: 798 Yale St., Akron, born: Western Star, Summit County, Ohio, occupation: Rubber worker, father: William J. McClister, mother: Cora Tinsman, not previously married; Frona L. Malcuit, age 20 on the 31st March 1917, residence: 325 Howe St., Akron, born: Maysville, Ohio, occupation: clerk, father: Lewis Malcuit, mother: Emma C. Huguelet, not previously married; to be solemnized by the Rev. John O. Yoder, licence issued by Lewis D. Slusser, Probate Judge; original records: Probate Court, Summit County, Ohio, roll #20, 1916-1917 Marriage Records, Book 29, pg 429 (2005); updated by refernce to database held by ancestry.ca (accessed 2015-04-07, by subscription).
  8. The National Archives at St. Louis, Missouri; Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Military State: Michigan; NARA series title: World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Michigan; NAI: 623283; ARC title: Registration Cards of the Fourth Registration, 04/27/1942 - 04/27/1942; creator: Selective Service System, Michigan State Headquarters (1942-1947); Record Group No. 147; digitised copies hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-09-22, by subscription). The following details were recorded on the draft card: No. 3008, name: Clem MClister [sic], age: 30; home address: 798 Yale, Akron, Ohio; natural born citizen; born at Western Star, Ohio, USA; occupation: foreman; employer: Goodyear Tire Rubber Co.; no dependents, married, white, no military service, tall, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair, not bald, no distinguishing marks; signed by [initials illegible] Horner, Akron, Ohio, 5 June 1917, Local Board, Division 4, Akron, O. It would appear, from the 1930 census, which recorded that Clem McClister was not a veteran, that Clem did not ship overseas for active duty in the Great War.
  9. Akron Health Department Birth Records; 21 February 1918; Akron, Ohio, USA; certificates #816 affidavit (Fay McClister), #815 affidavit (May McClister); per N.T. of Akron (commissioned research), 2005-01-07.
  10. Certificate of Death: Cora McClister, 798 Yale Street, Akron, Ohio; 22 October 1918; informant: W.J. McClister, 798 Yale St.; Bureau of Vital Statistics, Summit County, Ohio, USA (2005); registration district no. 1224, file no. 71087(?), primary registration district no. 8493, registered no. 1943.
  11. Akron Health Department Birth Records; Jack McClister; 13 July 1919; Akron, Ohio, USA; certificate #2285; transcribed by N.T. of Akron (commissioned research), 2005-01-07.
  12. Certificate of Death; Jack McClister; 13 July 1919; Akron, Ohio, USA; registration district no. 1224, file no. 45583, primary registration district no. 8493, registered no. 1551; State of Ohio, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Summit County (2005).
  13. U.S. 1920 Census; Clem McClister and family, Akron, Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 3 January 1920; supervisor’s district 14, enumeration district 202, pg. 5A, image 314; original records: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920 (NARA microfilm T625-1441), Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-09-22, by subscription).
  14. U.S. 1930 Census; Clem McClister and family, Akron, Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 9 April 1930; enumeration district 77-13, supervisor’s district 9, ward of city: 1, pg. 13A; original records: Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930 (NARA microfilm T626), Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-09-22, by subscription).
  15. U.S. 1940 Census; Clem McClister and family, Akron, Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 16 April 1940; roll T627-3173, page 2A, enumeration district: 89-16B, supervisor’s district 14; 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. T627; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2015-04-04, by subscription).
  16. Ancestry.com. "U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942: About U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Online at http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 (accessed 2015-04-03).
  17. The National Archives at St. Louis, Missouri; Clem Isaac McClister; Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Military State: Michigan; NARA series title: World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Michigan; NAI: 623283; ARC title: Registration Cards of the Fourth Registration, 04/27/1942 - 04/27/1942; creator: Selective Service System, Michigan State Headquarters (1942-1947); Record Group No. 147; digitised copies hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2014-09-22, by subscription).
  18. The Akron Beacon Journal; “Clem I. McClister” (obituary); Akron, Ohio, USA; Saturday, 22 December 1951, pg. 16 (2005-01).
  19. U.S. 1940 Census; Ernest E. Habig, 34 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado; enumerated 11 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. T627; database hosted by ancestry.ca (accessed 2015-04-04, by subscription).
  20. The Sandusky Register, "Ohio Lutherans Open Summer School on Sunday at Lakeside," Wednesday, 1 July 1953, pg. 6; digitised copies held by Newspapers.com online (OCR text, accessed 2015-04-04).
  21. The Akron Beacon Journal, “Mrs. Frona L. McClister” (obituary), Akron, Ohio, USA; Friday, 26 May 1972, pg. D7 (2005-01).

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