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52 Ancestors ~ #39 William Orson Clough – Eaten by a Cougar?

William (Billy) Orson Clough

William (Billy) Orson Clough

William (Billy) Orson Clough was my great grand uncle. Born in Hamburg, Erie county, New York to Orson Clough and Julia Marsh, 23 November 1851.

In the 1855 New York State Census W. (Billy) Clough (4) was living or visiting his paternal grandparents B.J. and L. Clough in Hamburg, New York.

1855 New York State Census Hamburg, Erie County

1855 New York State Census
Hamburg, Erie County

In the 1860 US Census William (9) is now living with or visiting an uncle and aunt, Benjamin and Lucinda Clough in DuPage, Illinois. he and his sister (Ida May) both spent much of their childhood with people other then their parents, at least when it came to the census time.

1860 US Census DuPage, Illinois

1860 US Census
DuPage, Illinois

1876 finds William (25)  registered to vote in Visalia, Tulare county, California where he is listed as a telephone operator. Then in 1878 before his 28 birthday he registered to vote and is listed as an Agent in Visalia.

California Voter Registers 18661898-4 crop

The 1880 Census finds William  O. Clough (28)  listed as a Laborer. In Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare, California.

1880 US Census Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare County, California

1880 US Census
Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare County, California

It was during this time period that Billy Clough discovered a cave in the southwestern part of Sequoia National Park. Many articles have been written about the caves that became known as Clough’s Cave. And you will find it in Place Names of the Sierra Nevada by Peter Browning. Below an article about Clough’s Cave and four other caves found in the Sequoia National Park.

Clough's Cave clipping

The 1890 Califoria voter registration we find William (37) in Tulare listed as a stock raiser.

In the 1896 California voter registration, William is shown as 44 years old, being 5′ 8 1/4″ tall, having a light complex, blue eyes and dark hair. His occupation is listed as miner.

1896 California Voter Registration

1896 California Voter Registration

In 1910 we find William (57) living/visiting with his mother, Julia (Marsh) and step father Ira Blossom in Lemon Cove, south fork of Kaweaha Road. William’s occupation is listed as a miner.

1910 US Census Lemon Cove, Tulare County, California

1910 US Census
Lemon Cove, Tulare County, California

These newspaper clippings  and the one above were found in Visalia at the Library in their Historical Record files.

William Clough

William Clough

From this article you can see that Billy was a colorful character. Billy was always the last to leave the mountains before winter set in and was the one to shut the gates on the Edison Power Dams.

W.O. Clough Believed Dead

In 1917 Uncle Billy, at 66 years old, did not come out of the mountains. My family story is that my grandfather (Ike Putnam) and his half brother Ed Bryant and my great Aunt Blanche rode in to search for Uncle Billy, but while a few of his things were found, he was not and it was speculated that a bear or a cougar got him. This article mentions that a diary was found that said he shut the gates on Nov. 2 and that was his last entry. I wonder what happened to that diary. What happened to Uncle Billy we will never know, either the winter storm caught him unaware or some mountain animal took him down. The mountains were his home and his final resting place.

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52 Ancestors ~ #24 Etta Jane Francis ~ A Little bit Country.

Do you have relatives that embarrass you? As a teenager I was easily embarrassed by some of my family, but back then I was embarrassed by just about everything, then I decided that instead of allowing myself to be embarrassed by my grandmother (my fathers mother), I would accept her as a unique character. It worked well with my grandmother, however I could not do that with my Dad, guess he was too much in my daily life. After we moved away from the ranch when I was 10, I only saw my grandmother a few times a year. To say she was a little bit country was kinder then my mothers comment that her in-laws were hillbillies.

My Paternal grandmother was Etta Jane Francis. She was born 26 June 1889 in Elderwood, California to Gilmore C. and Caroline (Batson) Francis. Her sister Grace was born two years later on 5 April 1891.

Etta Jane Francis early 1900

Etta Jane Francis
early 1900

In the 1900 US census we find Ettie (10 years old) with the family in Orosi township, Tulare county, California. Her father Gil is renting a farm  and both girls are in school.  Etta only goes to school through the eighth grade. She grows up on a poor dusty ranch/farm in Tulare County.

1900 US Census Orosi, Tulare County, California

1900 US Census
Orosi, Tulare County, California

She meets Ira B. Putnam better known as Ike when she is 15.

Etta Francis and Ira Putnam Elliott Ranch prior to 1910

Etta Francis and Ira Putnam
Elliott Ranch
prior to 1907

On 15 July 1907 they get married.

Ira (Ike)  and Etta Jane Putnam Wedding 15 July 1907

Ira (Ike) and Etta Jane Putnam
Wedding 15 July 1907

In 1910 US census we find Etta and Ike in Visalia living on the county road from Goshen to Tulare , later to become Highway 99. Ike is shown as owning the farm.

 

1910 US Census Visalia, Tulare County, California

1910 US Census
Visalia, Tulare County, California

 

On 3 May 1912 Etta and Ike ‘s son is born and they name him Lloyd Fletcher Putnam, using Ira’s fathers middle name of Fletcher.

Two years later  on 10 June 1914 their daughter Gertrude Eunice is born.

Ira, Etta, Lloyd & Eunice

Ira, Etta,
Lloyd & Eunice

In the 1920 US census we find the family in the Linwood Precinct, of Visalia, Tulare county.

1920 US Census Visalia, Tulare County California

1920 US Census
Visalia, Tulare County California

Both their families had pioneered the Three Rivers and Visalia area. In the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s the families still took cattle up to the meadows near Three Rivers for summer grazing. They would also all go hunting and fishing. I have lots of old snap shots of the Mineral King and Sequoia areas that they frequented.  This snap is not so clear but it does show how Etta would dress during that era.

Etta Jane Francis

Etta Jane Francis

 

Ike and Etta continue living on the ranch and raised their two children. They were not getting rich but they were able to send their son to the Ag. School at Davis California for two years and their daughter to a beauty school in Fresno. That’s a lot more education then Etta herself was allowed.

 

Ike and Gay   1940's

Ike and Gay
1940’s

After an extensive back and forth to the doctors in Santa Barbara,  Etta lost her husband Ike to cancer, 19 April 1948.

While I have no memory of Grandpa Ike, I have lots of memories of our grandmother. When my oldest sister was a toddler she had trouble saying grandma and some how it became gay. From then on Etta Jane to her family members was ‘Gay’. When we were sick and mom was working Gay was the one who stayed with us. She just lived down the lane and we were often running in and out of her home. I remember the “buster brown” shoes she bought me at Gottschalks in Visalia in the early 50’s. I hated those shoes but I still had to wear them. She would take us to the Drive-in theater, there was a playground up front under the big screen for children to play in before the movie started. I was pretty young when  I tried to find my way back to the car one evening and got lost. I was starting to panic when she came after me, I was so glad to see her. Going to the feed store with Gay was a real treat because she always stopped at the Visalia A&W for a root beer on the way home.

Etta belonged to the Visalia Garden Club. She loved her roses. While she did not have a large garden she loved those rose bushes and I can see her standing there with her hose watering those flowers. Unlike her sister-in law Lena, Gay always wore a dress, to be more specific it was a “house dress” and more often then not she had an apron on over it. She used that apron for everything. She shooed away the dog out of the yard by flapping it, carried eggs wrapped in the hem, wiped our face with the corner or found tissue in one of the pockets for our runny noses.  It was Gays old car that I fell out of twice. Once in the driveway and once when she was turning onto one of the streets in Visalia. No worries I was never hurt but it cured me of leaning on the car door, even if it took me two times to learn, no car seats back then. I still can see her in our yard in Placerville yelling at the top of her lungs for me to get home.
Gay was an artesian in her own way. She crocheted. She was never idle. She could not read the pattern directions but she would look at the picture and could duplicate the pattern precisely. I hate to throw away those pillow cases that have her beautifully crocheted edges. She crocheted the outfits for all our story book dolls She had a small porcelain high heel slipper that she used as a pattern to make crochet slippers from, then she would soak them in sugar water and let them dry stiff  on the form then carefully remove them from the porcelain piece and set them on her tables for decoration. I thought they were lovely. Of course she also made lots of doilies, bedspreads and tablecloths.

Table Cloth about 1960 by Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam

Table Cloth about 1960
by Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam

 

I was very lucky to have my grandmother in my life for so long. She died 3 March 1982 in Visalia, California and is buried in the Visalia Cemetery where so many of her family members are also buried.

Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam

Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam

 

 

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