Amos Townsend Claycomb is my paternal grandfather. My Monday posts have been taken up for the last year (on AlwaysBackroads.wordpress.com) with transcriptions of his diaries, starting in 1900 when he was 13. The diaries will continue on this blog for another year or two! Today I want to share a little more about him
He was born January 29, 1886 in Monmouth, Warren county, Illinois to Anna Sarah Townsend and Frank Erwin Claycomb. He was the second child and first son for them.
His mother died in 1892 shortly after the birth of her 5th child, Edward Denman Claycomb. Amos was six years old. The children were raised by their father with the help of nearby relatives and housekeepers.
Amos graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana in 1909.
His father purchased land for him in Wildorado, Texas near Amarillo. He moved there on his own to farm it in 1909.
He met Ruth Bressler in Texas when she was visiting her sister, Maude Bressler Harker.
In Texas he had a Victrola record player which he took to friends’ homes when he visited – he was a very popular guest. He loved to listen to Enrico Caruso.
He married Ruth Bressler June 15, 1912 in Wayne, Nebraska, her hometown. They lived in Marengo, Illinois where their first son, John, was born in 1913. Their second son, Frank (my father), was born in Sycamore, Illinois, probably at Amos’ father’s home.
The family moved to Ruth’s hometown, Wayne, Nebraska in 1916 to a farm that her father, John Tannehill Bressler, had bought for the children. Amos did not own this land. George, Barbara, and Richard were born in Wayne.
He visited us in southern California several times. He liked to fish off the Oceanside Pier and loved to go to movies.
He died December 29, 1958 in Wayne, Nebraska. He was 72 years old.