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Port Arthur News
Port Arthur, Texas
February 10, 1940

Louisiana Brevities - Crowley - Last rites were conducted for Charles Lincoln Hormell, 74, longtime resident of Crowley [Louisiana]. He was an architect and building contractor, coming here in 1891 from Iowa. He retired due to ill health about two years ago. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Earl Plumlee of Tulsa, Okla., Miss Edna Hormell of Crowley; four sons, Louis and Jack Hormell of Crowley, Charles G. Hormell of Torrance, Cal.; C.L. HOrmell, Jr., of Houston, Texas; 12 grandchildren and one half sister, Mrs. Lucy Smith of Bradgate, Iowa.

[transcribed by S.F., February 2007]


Utica Daily Press
Utica, New York
June 25, 1940

Utica Weddings.
Bink - Clark. Miss Emily M. Clark, daughter of Mrs. Edward J. Clark, and the late Mr. Clark, 18 Noyes, became the bride of Dr. Edward N. Bink, Utica State Hospital, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bink, Elkader, Ia., at 10:30 a.m. yesterday in the rectory of the Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. Leonard Fries officated. Mrs. Dan H. Dye and Daniel McGill attended the couple. The bride wore a bron and white redingote ensemble with white accessories, and corsage of gardenias. Her matron of honor was dressed in a green and white [illegible lines] ... beauty rose buds and gardenias. A wedding breakfast followed for the bridal party in the Utica. After a northern trip through the Adirondacks and Canada, the couple will live at the Utica State Hospital. The bride attended Miss Deecke's School and graduated from the Utica Free Academy. She is the organist at St. James Episcopal Church, Clinton. Dr. Bink was graduated from the University of Iowa, Wisconsin University, St. Louis University and received his degree of medicine from the Laval University, Quebec. He is a physician on the medical staff of the Utica State Hospital. Miss Marion Bink of Elkader, Ia., came east for the wedding of her brother.

The bride was entertained at a shower by Mrs. Edwin Roggenstein and Mrs. C. Everett Stisser; a luncheon by Mrs. Mark Barlow and Mrs. C.A. McDonald at Dinble's Inn, and a party at Prospect Park by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Clark. The couple was honored at a party given by Mrs. Lenn A. Moore, Mrs. Edward C. Whitton and Mrs. Dye in Mrs. Moore's summer home at Hinckley Lake.

[transcribed by S.F., June 2008]


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Fairbanks, Alaska
July 1, 1940

J. Clayworth, North Pioneer, Passes Away
John T. Clayworth, aged 72 years, an old-time Northerner, who was in the Klondike in its early days and who was an extensive owner of mining ground on Harrison and other creeks in the Circle distract, passed away at 11:45 o'clock Sunday morning in this city. He had been in failing health more than a year.

Of late years he had made his home in Seattle in winter and came north in the spring to look after his mining interests. This year he arrived here about the middle of May. He was taken seriously ill on Harrison creek May 22 and was brought to Fairbanks by Fred B. Johnston, mining operator on Harrison, for medical treatment.

Mr. Clayworth is survived by a brother and nieces in the States. It is expected the body will be sent to Seattle for interment.

[transcription note: Mr. Clayworth was enumerated on the 1870, 1880 US census & 1885 Iowa State census living in Mahaska co. Iowa - transcribed by S.F., March 2009]


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Fairbanks, Alaska
July 11, 1940

Funeral for J. Clayworth Friday 7 P.M.
Funeral services for the late John T. Clayworth will be held in the chapel of the Hosea H. Ross morturary at 7 o'clock Friday evening. The rites will be conducted by the Fairbanks Igloo of the Pioneers of Alaska. Interment will be in the Pioneer Plot of Birch Hill cemetery.

[transcription note: Mr. Clayworth was enumerated on the 1870, 1880 US census & 1885 Iowa State census living in Mahaska co. Iowa - transcribed by S.F., March 2009]


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Fairbanks, Alaska
July 16, 1940

Tribute To Memory of Real Pioneer
A tribute of unusual merit to a pioneer typical of thos who conquered the Northland against great odds comes voluntarily to the News-Miner from another of his rapidly vanishing type. The passing of the venerated subject of the sketch was chronicled las week. The following appreciative tesimonial is gladly printed on request:

The late John F. Clayworth, better known to all old Sourdoughs as "Jack Clayworth" was a man typical of the pioneer Alaskan, a man who had many friends and kept them through all of the years; a kindly man who had a good word for everybody and who seldom, if at any time, talked about himself even to his most intimate friends. Therefore, his many friends and associates knew little of his life prior to his arrival in Alaska.

We do know that Jack was born in 1864, which would make him 76 years old at the time of his death; that he was formerly a resident of the State of Iowa, from which place we believe he departed for Skagway, Alaska, arriving there in the early part of 1897.

We know also that he was a man of indomitable courage and endurance in those early Alaskan years as evidenced by the determination shown in packing his third outfit over the White Pass Summit in the year 1898 after having lost two outfits he had attempted to take into Dawson in the year 1897.

We know also that he succeded in getting to Dawson in 1898 and that he worked on Quartz Creek and in various other sections of the Yukon Territory prior to coming to the Fairbanks country, which, as near as we can determine, was in 1904; thereafter working on Gold Hill, Ester and in the Circle district, and particularly on Harrison Creek, the scene of his past endeavors.

Jack had been ailing for some time and believing he was on the road to recovery, left Sattle [sic - Seattle?] on the 5th of June to spend the summer on Harrison Creek, where he had extensive interests. A day or two after his arrival on Harrison Creek he took a turn for the worst and was taken back to Fairbanks on or about Saturday, June 29, by his friend and business associate, Fred Johnston. He failed steadily thereafter until his death at the St. Joseph's Hospital. He is survived by a brother now living in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

It goes without saying, that we, as Pioneers and Alaskans in general will miss this rapidly diminishing type of Pioneer.

[transcription note: Mr. Clayworth was enumerated on the 1870, 1880 US census & 1885 Iowa State census living in Mahaska co. Iowa - transcribed by S.F., March 2009]

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