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Clarence Lasalle MOW

Male 1883 - 1921  (~ 37 years)


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  • Name Clarence Lasalle MOW 
    Born Nov 1883  Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1921  Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Elizabeth Ann Grubb:

      NOTES:

      There has been considerable confusion in verifying data on this son of Marion L. MOW. The 1900 census, extracted by compiler from microfilm, lists Clarence L. as the oldest of the MOW sons, His birth month is given as "NOV" and year as "1883"; his age is given as 16 in June, 1900. His tombstone gives the year of his birth as 1883. Wilma (MOW) FOLTZ, his niece gives his birth date as 10 NOV 1885. (Census gives 1885 as the birth year of Wilma's father, Clayton.)

      In February, 1992, Rosemary WILLIAMS, at that time an employee at the Fulton County Health Dept. in Rochester, and a genealogical researcher, sent compiler a list of marriages and deaths she had found in the Marshall County Public Library Newspaper Excerpts Files. One of those listed was taken from the "WEEKLY REPUBLICAN NEWSPAPERs" from 1921. "9 June 1921Clarence Mow killed (accident) at Argos."

      In 1995, Wilma FOLTZ sent compiler a large collection of vita on the MOW family; among these files was Wilma's handwritten note that Clarence died June 5, 1922. She also sent a photcopy of a typewritten transcription of a newspaper article. The newspaper is not named nor is the date of publication specified. It does say, however, that Clarence was taken to "Woodlawn Hospital"; this hospital is located in Rochester. It also states that the accident occurred on the bank of the Tippecanoe River; this river does not flow through Argos, IN. Clarence's age at the time of the accident is given as "36"; if his tombstone dates (1883-1921) are accurate, he would have been 37 years
      of age at the time of his death, if he died in June, 1921.

      Also included in the MOW collection is a photocopy of the obituary for Clarence's wife in 1943. This obituary states that her former husband, "Mr. MOW passed away on June 5th, 1922."

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      (From typewritten newspaper obit.)

      "PREMATURE BLAST KILLS FARMER"

      "Clarence MOW, 36, lost life from dynamite explosion. Stories concerning accident conflict but evidence left by explosion leads conclusively to fact that man was after a mess of fish.

      Clarence MOW, aged 36, a well known farmer and school teacher, residing west of the Kentucky Stock Farm, on the north side of the Tippecanoe River, died at Woodlawn Hospital in this city Saturday morning, shortly after seven o'clock from the effects of a dynamite blast, which occurred on the bank of Tippecanoe River, Friday evening shortly after five o'clock. Immediately following the accidental explosion the companions of the injured man, John, and Jesse WALTZ, Charles SISSEL and Forest CALVERT took him to the Kentucky Stock Farm and from there to Woodlawn Hospital, where physicians at once stated his case was hopeless.

      The story of the accident as told by different people has several different angles, but after an investigation on the part of the reporter for this newspaper, as well as the two other papers of this city, all circumstances point to the belief that MOW was in the act of hurling the stick of dynamite into a deep hole in the Tippecanoe River when the explosion came prematurely. Neighbors of the dead man on Saturday told newspapermen that Mow was engaged in blowing a stump to make a place for a gas engine when the accident occurred.

      On the north bank of the River, almost due south of the Kentucky Stock Farm and a bit north west of the Ira McVEY farm, which is south of the river, the effect of the explosion was very plain on Saturday. The grass was burned or blown off even with the ground and all about were the tell-tale blood spots left by the injured man in his fall. As the explosion came, MOW's companions were near by and when they rushed to his side they found a sickening sight. The left hand was blown off about the wrist, the right leg was shattered, both eyes were badly burned, and almost blown from their sockets, while the man's chest was peppered full of dirt and small bits of sticks. MOW was carried through the woods and taken in an unconscious condition to the road and then to the Hospital, where death occurred the following morning, without his ever regaining consciousness.

      Clarence MOW was born in this county, being the son of Marion MOW and at the time of his death was living on the MOW Homestead, where he resided for several years. He . . . taught (school) in this county as well as in Michigan. . . Besides his wife he leaves four children: Ferman, Herschel, Othelia and Charles . . . four brothers, Clayton, Clyde, Dean and Leo MOW.

      Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'closk at Richland Center. Burial was made in the Richland Center Cemetery."

      REFERENCES:

      1. U.S. Census 1900 IN; Fulton Co.; Richland Twp.; p (?); Dw.#(?);Fam. #30. Microfilm #623-372.
      2. Fulton Co. Marriages; p 715; Fulton Co. Pub. Lib.; Rochester, IN (Marriage Book I-111; Office of Co. Clerk; Rochester.) (Copy of Index page owned by compiler.)
      3. Rosemary WILLIAMS; Genealogical Researcher; Fulton, IN
      4. Margarett (STICKLER) STEININGER (desc. of David B. MOW); Culver, IN
      5. "Weekly Republican" June, 1921, Marshall Co. Lib., Plymouth,IN; Data copied by R. WILLIAMS (see #3 Ref.)
      6. Wilma (MOW) FOLTZ; niece of Clarence MOW. (Items handcopied, photocopied and reported from her own MOW collections.) (Mrs.
      FOLTZ is a resident of Rochester, IN, and does family history work as a hobby.)

      Saturday, June 4, 1921

      The desire to secure a mess of fish ended fatally for Clarence MOW, 36, school teacher and farmer, who resides about five miles northwest of this city, when as he was preparing a blast of dynamite, presumably to throw in the river, the explosive went off in his hands, causing injuries that resulted in his death just a few hours later. The accident occurred late Friday afternoon, about 4:30 and death came shortly after seven o'clock this morning.

      Stories of this accident, as told by those who profess to know, are conflicting, the other members of the party associated with Mow asserting that he was preparing to blast out a stump. The correct version of the matter, however, as fixed by circumstantial evidence, is that a party of five men, MOW, John [WALTZ] and Jesse WALTZ, Charles CISSEL and Forrest CALVERT, all neighbors, had gone to the Ananias BAKER farm, just north of Rochester on the river, to saw up cord wood in the woods that run down to the banks of the river.

      After working all day at this, and while the others were still otherwise occupied, Mow went down to the banks of the river. He was on a curve in the stream where there is a deep hole and a drift, an ideal location for what he was about to do. The young man was probably seated or in a kneeling posture and had evidently just lighted the fuse on the dynamite preparatory to tossing it out into the stream, when a premature explosion occurred.

      His companions hurried to the scene and found him in an unconscious position, his body terribly torn by the force of the blast. He was hurried to the hospital in Rochester, where his injuries were dressed and put in very good condition, considering their nature, but he never regained consciousness and died early the following morning from the shock sustained.

      His injuries consisted of his left hand torn off at the wrist, the right leg fractured, or rather shattered between the knee and ankle, the left leg lacerated and badly burned, the right arm burned, the eyes burned and practically torn out of their sockets and his chest and face literally peppered with dirt driven into the skin by the force of the explosion. It was stated at the hospital that his was paobably the worst case that had ever come to the institution.

      Clarence Mow has been a resident of this locality since birth. He was a son of Marion MOW and lived on the old MOW homestead which he had recently purchased from his father. During the winter he had taught school and farmed in the summer. He is survived by the father, the widow, Mrs. Edna MOW, four children, Ferman [MOW], Herschel [MOW], Othelia [MOW] and Charles [MOW], and four brothers, Clayton [MOW], Clyde [MOW], Dean [MOW] and Lee MOW.

      The peculiarity of the accident is the fact that almost in the same spot another man was injured in the same manner. His hand was blown off, but he was otherwise comparatively uninjured and recovered from his accident. The local police authorities have not made public whether any action will be taken as to prosecution of Mow?s companions.

      Wednesday, June 8, 1921

      Clarence Lasalle [MOW], eldest son of Marion L. and Eva L. MOW, was born November 10, 1883, near Richland Center, Ind., and departed this life, June 4, 1921, aged 37 years, 6 months and 24 days.

      Clarence spent his early life at home with his parents and worked hard to gain an education, graduating from the elementary schools, and the high school, then at Tiosa, Ind.

      He then began teaching at the age of nineteen and has taught each consecutive term until his death.

      He spent almost ten years of his life at Thompsonville, Michigan, going there in the spring of 1909 and returning to Richland township in the fall of 1918.

      Although not a member of any religious institution he has always contributed to any worthy cause, willingly helping those in need and always ready to assist a neighbor or friend.

      On June 20, 1908, he was united in marriage to Edna Fern BEEHLER.

      To this union four children were born: Forman Everett [MOW], age 12, Herchel William [MOW], age 10, Othelia Jane [MOW], age 4, and Charles Marion [MOW], age 2.

      He leaves to mourn his loss, the wife and children, a father, Marion L. MOW, (the mother having preceded him in death three years ago), four bothers, Clayton [MOW], Clyde [MOW], Dean [MOW] and Leo [MOW], all of Richland township, besides a host of relatives and friends.
    Person ID I6694  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2017 

    Father Marion Lee Walker MOW,   b. 9 Nov 1859, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1932, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Eva Lanora CLARK,   b. 20 Jul 1860, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1918, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Dec 1881  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3407  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edna Fern BEEHLER,   b. 27 Aug 1889, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1943, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 20 Jun 1908  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Othelia Jane MOW,   b. 1 Jun 1917, Thompsonville, Benzie County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 2000, Metroplex Hospital, Killeen, Bell County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     2. Charles Marion MOW,   b. 1 May 1919, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1992, Americana Health Care Center, Elkhart, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
     3. Ferman Everett MOW,   b. 30 Dec 1909, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1929, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)  [natural]
     4. Herschel William MOW,   b. 12 Jan 1911, Thompsonville, Benzie County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1957, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2017 22:51:11 
    Family ID F3408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart