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Clemensen, Clarence E. (1881-1912)


Posted By: Cass County Coordinator (email)
Date: 7/15/2022 at 09:42:26

Old newspaper clipping, presumably the Atlantic News Telegraph:


Clarence Clemenson, Born in Atlantic in 1881, and Taken to Spink County by His Parents a Year Later, Has Passed Away.

Below is given the report of the death of Clarence Clemenson, county superintendent of Spink County, which, although his demise occurred some time ago, will still be of interest to the people here, for the reason that the deceased was born in this city and moved to Spink County when one year old, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Clemenson. The account published below is taken from an edition of a newspaper of Conde, S. D.


With deep regret we record the death of Clarence E. Clemenson, county superintendent of schools for Spink county. Death came Saturday, August 2, after an illness extending over practically the entire ten months he held office. Services were held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Clemenson, six miles northwest of Conde, and at the Baptist Church in Conde on Monday afternoon, with Rev. Ernest Holgate, of Redfield, conducting the services, and the body was laid to rest in the Conde cemetery.

Death was the result of a combination of ailments commencing with a siege of typhoid fever last September, which weakened his system and caused adhesions to the intestines, resulting in an operation at Minneapolis last March. Upon his return, he improved to such an extent that he could preside at and present the diplomas at the county eighth graduation exercises. Shortly thereafter he went to his parents' home for the summer with the hope of gaining strength. However, a relapse came and upon the discover of perforations in the intestines and bowels, he was taken to St. Luke's hospital in Aberdeen for an operation, but in spite of the infusion of blood from the arteries of his sister, Mrs. Landin, and every care, he had not sufficient strength to rally from the operation and death came peacefully at 7 a. m. Saturday, August 2, ending the brave ten months' struggle.

Clarence E. Clemenson was born in Atlantic, Iowa, June 9, 1881, came to Spink County with his parents in 1882, and lived here till his death. He was united in marriage to Lydia C. Anderson, of Conde, in June, 1911, and of this union a daughter was born, who, with her mother, survive the deceased. He also leaves a father and mother, four brothers and four sisters. The high educational position he held at the time of his death was the culmination of a number of years of service in the rural schools of Spink county, as principal of a town school in Oregan, as principal of the Brentford and the Doland schools, all of which positions he filled with the highest credit and success. He was a thorough teacher, a competent and progressive educator, and leaves a splendid record for efficiency and faithfulness. His life was given over to the service of others, and his efforts were all directed to the betterment of the boys and girls in his charge. He was loved by his pupils and those who knew him intimately, and respected by all with whom he came in contact. A true friend, a gentle and uncomplaining spirit, a soul of service, a life of love and self-sacrifice, an untiring laborer in the cause of good and right, his untimely departure is mourned by all, but the world is better and richer because he lived.

NOTE: Burial in Conde Cemetery; gravestone photo available on Find a Grave website. Surname is spelled Clemensen on gravestone. (www.findagrave.com/memorial/141556036/clarence-clemensen)

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