CLINITE, William Alvin 1851–1944
Posted By: Pat Hochstetler, Volunteer (email)
Date: 3/31/2013 at 19:20:42
William Alvin Clinite, the son of Jacob and Caroline Clinite, was born on Dec. 18, 1851 at Bristol, Ill., and passed away at his home in Conrad, Iowa on Oct. 1, 1944, having reached the age of 92 years, 9 months and 13 days.
When he was about a year old, the family moved to Cherry Valley, Ill., where he grew to manhood. He worked for one winter in the lumber camp in Wisconsin. He came to Marshall county, Iowa in the year of 1872 or 1873.
He was married to Lydia Ann Otto at Eldora on Dec. 21, 1876. They located on a farm in the Alice neighborhood, later buying an unimproved farm east of the Alice church. On this farm, in real pioneering conditions, they built their home and raised their family of eight children. They retired from the farm in 1902 and moved to Des Moines where they lived for eight years. They then returned to Conrad where they lived the rest of their lives. His wife preceded him in death on January 3, 1937. Two daughters also preceded him in death.
Mr. Clinite joined the Methodist church as a boy, later transferring his membership to the committee in which he lived. He belonged to the Alice Church of God, the Des Moines Grace Methodist church, and the Conrad Methodist of which he was a member until translated to the Church Triumphant. He attended Sunday school and church regularly as long as health permitted.
He is survived by four sons, Dr. J. I. of Burlinghame, Calif., John W. of Salida, Colo.; Orval of Beaman, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs. Ross Long of Grundy Center, Iowa, and Mrs. Maude Stonier of Conrad; three brothers, Charley of California, Ed of Warba, Minn., and Frank of Minneapolis, Minn.; 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
The body was taken to the Avey funeral home, where funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. E. C. Allen and Rev. David Alexander, the latter of Grundy Center. Burial was in the Conrad cemetery.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping found in scrapbook belonging to my great grandmother.
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