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William Oscar Clear
B: March 22, 1885 Grover Hill, Ohio
M: August 16, 1908 Ohio
D: January 5, 1966
Buried: Taymouth Township Cemetery, Taymouth, Saginaw County, Michigan (View Headstone)
Notes: According to Florence Clear Hoover, Oscar Clear was named William Oscar after a man in Ohio who said he would give him a pig if he was so named. When Oscar was 6 years old, the man brought a good sized pig and gave it to him.
Dena Josephine Hammons
B: September 18, 1891, Ottoville, Ohio
M: August 16, 1908 Ohio
D: April 11, 1963
Buried: Taymouth Township Cemetery, Taymouth, Saginaw County, Michigan (View Headstone)
Parents: John Hammons and Anna Grody Hammons
Notes: Dena Hammons brothers and sisters were Viola, Susie, Clarence, William, and Maggie. Dena's grandfather Grody's brother lived to be at least 113 years old.
Children of William Oscar Clear and Dena Josephine Hammons:
Oscar and Dena had no children of their own. However, Richard A. Coleman and Viola McGregor Brown lived with them for awhile, but they were never formally adopted. They also cared for children for the State at times, including Jolida Josephine and Raymond Howell, David and Nancy Liesimer, and Max Haines.
Memories of Uncle Oscar and Aunt Deen:
by their nephew, Charles C. Clear Jr.
I remember as a young boy, going to Uncle Oscar's house on a Friday night, and listening to boxing matches on the old radio. We would have to sit on the floor and be very quiet. That is where I got to know Joe Louis, Max Baer, and Buddy Baer, and all of the up and coming Heavyweight fighters of the time. This is when we all lived in Carp Lake Michigan.
Uncle Oscar was somewhat of a stern man, but his greatest joy in life was playing little tricks on the kids. I remember when he first put in electric fences, he told us to go over and touch the fence. I still remember what a good laugh he had. He really thought that was so funny when he saw us jump. But if you would pull a little trick on him, he would really get mad.
He loved to go int o Mackinaw and play cards. He would make all kinds of excuses to Aunt Deen - reasons why he had to go to town.
Ray, Cliff, & Oscar

Grandpa Henry lived with Uncle Oscar after Grandma died. When Grandpa Henry died, it seems Uncle Oscar took over the farm, land, animals, etc., and the brothers and sisters didn't share in anything. My father [Charles C. Clear Sr.] would never say anything about it, but my mother sure did. And my Uncle Raymond held a grudge for many years. Growing up, and hearing that story so many times, I thought it was strange.....Neither one of the two oldest brothers - Oscar and Clarence - worked on the farm. It was my father who ran the farm, until he was drafted in the Army in World War I. I guess it really wasn't much different, back in the early days.

Later, when I would be home on leave from the Navy, I would go and visit Uncle Oscar and Aunt Deen, and we would have long talks as adults. I am sure that my Aunt and Uncle were good people who loved their family....but maybe they just couldn't relate to kids so well...not having any of their own....

Charles C. Clear Jr.
August 17, 2009