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Claude Henry  Elson

Claude Henry Elson

Male 1882 - 1951  (68 years)

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  • Name Claude Henry Elson  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 2 Aug 1882  Hagar Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farmer 
    Occupation Construction - Carpenter 
    Died 16 Mar 1951  Benton Harbor, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 7
    Buried Lake Shore Cemetery, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8
    Person ID I473  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2017 

    Father Jacob D. Elston / Elson,   b. 25 Aug 1828, Wayne Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1900, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Helen E. Gordon,   b. 1846, Benton Harbor, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1865  [3
    Family ID F209  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bessie Elizabeth Snouffer,   b. 2 Dec 1891, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1958, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1915  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10
    Children 
     1. Ruth ("Nadine") Elson,   b. 29 Apr 1918, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 2006, Rancho Bernardo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Roy Bernard Elson,   b. 14 Jan 1920, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 2004, Mesa, Maricopa Cnty, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Robert Snouffer Elson,   b. 21 Oct 1921, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 2016, Golden, Jefferson Cnty, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     4. Ruby Jane Elson,   b. 16 Dec 1923, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 2005, Mesa, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2017 12:28:18 
    Family ID F161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Karen Knecht wrote in 2010:
      "My grandfather, Claude Elson, passed away just a few months before I was born, so I never knew him. But I understand he was quite unlike his father. I've been told numerous times that he was a wonderful man who worked hard to provide for his family and always had a sense of humor. He was also quite well known and respected in the Riverside, MI community." Email from Karen Knecth, alohakarenk@hotmail.com to Wm. C. Snouffer (12 May 2010).
    • Karen Knecht also wrote, in 2013 :

      " *** Joe Elson (b 1858)[Joseph A. Elson Jr.; i491] who married Augusta Aussieker [Augusta C. "Gussie" Aussieker; i490] is from an Elson family completely unrelated to my Elston / Elson line [which starts with Jacob D. Elston; i611].

      "However, Joe Elson had a fruit farm not far from my grandparents, Claude & Bessie (Snouffer) Elson, in Michigan [i473 & i16]. Joe's brother, Charles [Charles Andrew Elson; i8805], also lived with them & owned a grocery store (or general store) in the area near Lake Michigan in Hagar Township.

      "My grandmother, Bessie Snouffer, spent the summer(s) around 1914 staying with her aunt & uncle (Joe & Augusta Elson)...... and she worked during this time at the store. According to my Uncle Bob [Robert Snouffer Elson; i476], it was while working at this store that Bessie met her future husband, Claude Elson. I'm sure the coincidence over the Elson surname was quite an "icebreaker". They were married in 1915.

      "I also recall Uncle Bob telling me about a fire which got out of control as Joe Elson was clearing out brush on his farm. As they often did when neighboring farmers had an emergency, Claude Elson & his sons rushed to assist in putting out the fire. Joe died as a result of injuries suffered in this tragic fire.

      "Joe & Elizabeth Elson's daughter, Rose Elson (b 1890) [i494], was a cousin & best buddy of Bessie Snouffer. They were only 1 year apart in age & Bessie had 4 brothers and no sisters…."
    • Obituary, The [Benton Harbor, MI] News-Palladium, p. 17 (16 Mar 1951):
      "C. H. Elson, Retired Hagar Farmer, Dies
      "Claude Henry Elson, 68, well-known Riverside resident and retired farmer and carpenter, died at 12:40 a.m. today at his home on route 3, Benton Harbor. His wife, Bess, is Riverside correspondent for The News-Palladium.
      "Mr. Elson had been seriously ill since Jan. 8, when he sufferd a cerebral hemorrhage. He was born Aug. 2, 1882, on the farm where he had resided all his life. His parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Elson, were pioneer residents of Hagar township. His mother, the former Helen Gordon, was born on the site of the present Benton Harbor public library. His father was one of three brothers who came to Hagar township among the original settlers.
      "He married Miss Bess E. Snouffer at Cedar Rapids, Ia., ln April 28, 1915, and they had four children, all of them surviving They are Mrs. Harry Knecht, of Detroit; Roy Elson, of Riverside; Robert Elson, of Dallas Texas, and Mrs. George Wintersteen, of Dowagiac [MI]. Also surviving are two grandchildren, James Robert Elson and Carol Jean Wintersteen; one brother, Ralph Elson, of Kalamazoo, and one sister, Mrs. Merritt Fikes, of Riverside. Numerous nieces and nephews survive.
      "Mr. Elson had always taken a great interest in the community affairs of Hagar township. He formerly was a director of Pier school and served as gatekeeper of the Pottawatamie grange. He was a member of the Riverside Methodist church, of which he was a trustee.
      " *** Funeral arrangements have not been completed."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Claude H Elson; 16 Mar 1951).

    3. [S70] Knecht, Karen|, Karen Beth Knecht, "Correspondence", (Karen B. Knecht, alohakarenk@hotmail.com).

    4. [S37] Ancestry Tree - Mann|, James D. Hug, "Mann_2011-12-09", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33020986/listofallpeople).

    5. [S42] Jewell - Snouffers|, Carol Snouffer Jewell, "Snouffer, Schnauffer, Newens of Germany, IA, 1523-1997" (Nov 1999), (Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree," CD-ROM database (vol. 54, tree 2400), Cambridge, MA; The Learning Company, Inc. : 2000).

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    7. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Donna Jean Wintersteen).

    8. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 106058811.

    9. [S879] IA Marriages, 1838-1934 |, Iowa County Court Clerks, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, (Online database, "Historical Record Collections," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list ).

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