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Clarence Clarkson MacPherson (McPherson)

Male 1857 - 1912  (55 years)

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  • Name Clarence Clarkson MacPherson (McPherson) 
    Nickname Clark 
    Born 23 Mar 1857  Paola, Orange County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Nov 1912  Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I986  Rossville
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2019 

    Father Thomas MacPherson (McPherson) 
    Mother Mary MacPherson (McPherson) 
    Family ID F2718  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Minnie Sarah Miller MacPherson (McPherson),   b. 28 Jul 1865, Alliance, Stark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1924, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 26 Jul 1884 
    +1. Clarence Miller MacPherson (McPherson),   b. 10 Aug 1892, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1971, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Helen MacPherson (McPherson) Perkins,   b. Feb 1900,   d. 1981  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +3. Virgil MacPherson (McPherson) Skaggs,   d. 1955
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2017 09:24:12 
    Family ID F2717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Obituary- MacPherson, Clarence C. 1
    Obituary- MacPherson, Clarence C. 1
    McPherson Dead
    After Lingering Illness He Passed Away Thursday Nov. 28

    Lived Here Over 40 Years
    Came to Rossville When Only Six White Families in Town Site

    After a protracted illness that extended over several months the life of C.C. McPherson ended Thanksgiving morning.

    Death was not unexpected. With unusual fortitude the man who was known and honored by Rossville and the entire community watched the approach of the Grim Reaper and met him smilingly.

    And it was characteristic of the man. In all the long years of his life here (he came to Rossville when a boy) Mr. McPherson met trouble and adverse conditions with a suffering face. He lived the clean life of a Christian and entered the valley of the shadow of death with a brave heart that had accepted the divine teachings of the Christian religion.

    Reared practically an orphan, Mr. McPherson fought the battle of his early life almost alone.

    He was a son of Thomas and Mary McPherson and was born at Paola, in Orange County, Ind., March 23, 1857.

    When he was only four years old his mother died leaving himself, a brother, sister and father. Five years later (in 1863) Mr. McPherson with his sister Addie, now Mrs. Ellen A. Shafer, of Toledo, [error in article that leaves something out] that were close friends of their parents.

    They lived two years at Big Springs and then came to Rossville.

    The Bush family, with whom Mr. McPherson and his sister came to Rossville, were the fourth white family to settle here. It was shortly after he came to this city that Mr. McPherson's father died.

    Mr. McPherson was one of the six members of the first Sunday school that was organized in Rossville. The other members were, Addie McPherson (now Mrs. E.A. Shafer), Alice Gabby [Gabbey] (now Mrs. McCabe), Anna Gabby [Gabbey] (now Mrs. Gutshall), Anna Beal (now Mrs. Cox) and Henry Beal.

    Mr. McPherson's first employment in Rossville was by Cyrus Higginbotham. Later he farmed with John Reid and at the age of 17 started the livery business that he has owned continuously to the time of his death.

    Mr. McPherson often related to his family how he obtained his start in the livery business. By careful economy and trading he acquired a spring wagon and a team. Mr. McPherson used to describe his first team with much enjoyment. He said that one was blind and another spavined and that a careful estimate of his first equipment would not have been written in large figures.
    Obituary- MacPherson, Clarence C. 2
    Obituary- MacPherson, Clarence C. 2
    And from this small beginning earned entirely by his own efforts, Mr. McPherson realized the real estate, the large stables and the stock that he left at his death.

    His life was a success.

    When 27 years old, Mr. McPherson was married to Miss Minnie S. Miller, daughter of the late Bradford Miller. Four children were born to them, three of whom, with their mother, survive. They are, Clarence M., Virgil and Helen.

    Mr. McPherson was for years a member of the Presbyterian church and at the time of his death was a deacon.

    He was a charter member of the Rossville camp of the Modern Woodmen of America, and for many years was captain of the team of that organization. He was Venerable Consul of that order at his death.

    The funeral was held last Saturday afternoon from the Presbyterian church. The Reverend George E. Chatfield conducted the services.

    Many beautiful floral offerings were sent by Mr. McPherson's friends.

    Among them was a particularly beautiful design - the emblem of the Order of the Modern Woodmen of America.

    The church was crowded to the doors by friends who came to look for the last time upon the face of their friend. The service was attended not only by the residents of this city and community, but by friends and relatives from Topeka, St. Marys and other cities. Among the relatives and friends who attended from Topeka were: Mrs. A.T. Lucas and daughter Helen, Mrs. Frank Parr, Mrs. Frank Lewis, Mrs. Frank Summers, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Summers, Mrs. Frances Crossley, Mr. Wm. Miller and family, Mr. Clyde Miller, R.F. Hodgine and Oscar Alexander.

    Among those attended from St. Marys were: Mr. and Mrs. N.E. McPherson and daughter Hattie, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. McPherson and Mr. and Mrs. H.G. McPherson. The St. Marys camp of the M.W.A. also attended the services.

    The burial was in the Rossville cemetery.