Maplewood History: Cora Clamorgan – Part Seven

My first six posts of the regrettable troubles that Cora Clamorgan and her family endured all occurred within one week, June the 9th through June the 16th of 1911.  There were so many articles published on this story and they were of such length that I must act as an editor and try to present only the most interesting and important parts of these stories from hereon.  So if I only post parts of an article and you are interested in obtaining the full article, just let me know and I’ll email it to you.

As we saw in the last post, rampant speculation that Cora was adopted created a sensational story that was revealed almost the next day to be false.  This Clamorgan family was not only a good family they were exemplary in many ways.  The father had been a highly regarded assistant to a mayor of St. Louis.  Several of the children had excelled in school or sports.  That they had to suffer through this sort of insanity is truly sad.

An article about the Clamorgan debacle appeared in this edition of The Independent from New York. Courtesy of Nancy Bell.

Backing up a bit, the following was run on June 11 in the Post-Dispatch.


This interface that we use has just malfunctioned.  Not sure what’s going on but I’ll let it rest a bit. That ought to be enough to hold you until the next post.

The Maplewood pool is open again.  Swimming with the mask on will be a challenge.  See you there.

Doug Houser     June 25, 2020

2 thoughts on “Maplewood History: Cora Clamorgan – Part Seven

  1. Doug, how gratifying to read that so many folks in those times had open hearts and tender feelings for those “afflicted” with blackness and saw the terrible injustices that they were burdened with. This is especially meaningful in current times as so much is being demonstrated, revealed and magnified about the grave injustices imposed upon black peoples here and worldwide.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, Gary. I believe Jennie Wiss, the woman referred to in the first article, is a true Maplewood hero.