Thursday, January 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #4 Ruby Pearl Poundstone

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/


Ruby Poundstone age 5 and Virgil Poundstone with Richard and Suzanna Zeck Poundstone 
Ruby Clark nee Poundstone
Ruby Pearl Poundstone was born on 3 Apr 1908 in Cerro Gordo, Piatt , Illinois, United States.14  She was the daughter of Pearl Ora Poundstone and Stella Ann Adams.  Ora and Stella had ten children - Edna Bell, Vernon Earl, Herbert L., Ival Ward, Judson, Lewis Erwin, Ruby, Virgil, Susannah Beatrice and James. Census records indicate that in both 1910 and 1920 she was living in Bement, Piatt, Illinois, United States.5 6 

Ruby married Otis Elmer Clark on 14 Jun 1925 in Cerro Gordo, Piatt, Illinois.  In 1925 Ruby was a Homemaker in Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States. 7 She lived R. R. #1 in Hammond, Piatt , Illinois, United States on 6 Sep 1934.8 She lived 612 W. North in Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States in 1960. Ruby died Cardiac arrest, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Severe Anemia on 5 Mar 1979 at the age of 70 in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States.34,911 She had Social Security Number 359-32-5219.4 She was buried on 8 Mar 1979 at Old Stonington Cemetery in Old Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States.4,12 Her funeral was held Connolly Funeral Home on 8 Mar 1979 in Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, United States.4 Ruby was also known as Ruby Pearl Clark.   

She was a Homemaker in Stonington, Christian, Illinois, United States. Grandma Clark was my inspiration to learn to cook and sew.  She showed me how to do both with great patience.  One of my favorite gifts from her was a assortment of clothes for my dolls, all made by her with trim.  I still have the clothes and the dolls.  Grandma was given a dining room table, chairs and china closet by my parents.  She was very proud of the furniture.  She kept her "pretties" in the china closet.  She had dolls and other little things that she had collected on display in the cabinet.  One year I decorated a cake in the shape of a lamb for Easter.  She wouldn't let anyone cut into it.  I thought perhaps she thought it wasn't good enough but I found the cake years later wrapped in her deep freezer.  I guess she thought it was too pretty to cut into.  She displayed every gift I ever made for her.  She made me feel special.

When I was little, Grandpa took us to the drugstore in town.  I overhead several women talking about my brother and I.  They called us children of Lloyd and the Chicago divorcee.  When we got home I asked Grandma what a Chicago divorcee was.  She told me it was something special and not to mind those women.  Then she started to yell at Grandpa.  Apparently my Grandpa was a gossip and she didn't want us children to bear any ill from his gossiping.  I think that is the only time I ever heard Grandma get mad, I thought for a while it was my fault until my mother explained the situation to me.  Then I didn't feel bad about Grandma yelling at Grandpa.

When grandma taught me to cook she used her hands instead of measuring things out.  This was especially true when she made bread and rolls.  My recipes never came out like hers until I realized that my hands were Grandpa bigger than hers.  Grandma was tiny, maybe five foot.  In fifth grade I was already 5 foot four.  She loved to listen to her Glen Campbell records and enjoyed Lawrence Welk on the television.  Grandpa was always gruff, but Grandma was always soft and cuddly.

Grandma always had pies ready when we came to visit.  I learned later that she made them for Dad.  We would come in and there would be four different kinds sitting there for us.  She canned Chow Chow, relish, tomatoes and lots of other things she kept in the cellar.  The only thing she made that I refused to eat was watermelon rind pickles.  I just couldn't do it knowing it was last year’s rinds she made us save from the summer, yuk.

Newspaper obituary regarding Ruby Poundstone Clark:
 7, 1979 Decatur Herald
Clark
Mrs. Otis (Ruby P. Poundstone) Clark, 70, of Stonington died 5:45 p.m. Monday (March 5, 1979) in St. Mary's Hospital.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Old Stonington Baptist Church, with visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Connolly Funeral Home, Taylorville, and after 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery.
Mrs. Clark was born in Bement, daughter of Pearl and Stella Ann Poundstone. She married Otis Clark in 1925. He died in 1976.
Surviving are sons, Harold of Findlay; Lloyd of Mount Prospect; David K. of Decatur; Leo Otis of Blue Mound; daughters, Mrs. Max (Maxine) Damery of Blue Mound; Mrs. Kenneth (Wilma) Clark of Morrisonville; brothers, Herbert Poundstone of Decatur; Judson Poundstone of Bull Shols, Ark.; Virgil Poundstone of Sumner, Wash.; sister, Mrs. Arthur (Susie) Despain of Erie; 20 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.

Endnotes

1. Illinois, Department of Health, Certificate of Birth #9864 (30 June 1959), Ruby Pearl Poundstone; Illinois Department of Health, Springfield.
      2. Typewritten list of family birth's and death's found among Ruby Clark's papers, Clark Family Artifacts; privately held by Amy Urman, [address for private use], Tucson, AZ  85711, 2011. Original document is in possession of Kent Clark, photoraphed by Amy Urman June 2007..
      3. Memorial Card, Clark Family Artifacts.
      4. Ruby Pearl Clark, death certificate Registration # 58, Registered #238 (1979), Macon County Clerk, Decatur. Macon County, Illinois.
      5. Illinois, Piatt, 1910 U.S. census, Ancestry, Digital images (www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2006), T624, roll 317, Bement, enumeration district (ED) 147, sheet A, p. 8 (penned), dwelling 184, family 185, Ruby Poundstone, accessed 5 Jun 2008.
      6. Illinois, Piatt, 1920 U.S. census, \i Ancestry.com\i0 (www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), T625, roll 396, Bement, enumeration district (ED) 183, sheet A, p. 2 (penned), dwelling 36, family 36, Ruby Poundstone, accessed 2 Jun 2008.
      7. 1930 U. S. Census, Piatt County, poputlation schedule, Unity Township, enumeration district (ED) 15, Sheet B, page 3 (penned), dwelling 69, family 71, Household of Otis and Ruby Clark; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 July 2012); United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626.
      8. Macon County Clerk, Certificate of Birth (Springfield, Illinois), birth certificate no. Registration Dist. #578, Primary District #3426, Registration #763, Book Z, Page 231 (1934), Lloyd Elwin Clark.
      9.Ruby Clark, no. 359-32-5219, issue date 1956-1958, Social Security Administration, "U.S. Social Security Death Index," FamilySearch (Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 2011)
     10. Illinois. Decatur., Decatur Daily Republican, digital images.
     11. Illinois. Taylorville.,  Breeze Courier, "Clark," March 7, 1979.



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