As the reader may or may not recall my first two posts about this unfortunate but important tale of the Clamorgan family were copies of the articles carried in two St. Louis newspapers the day the story broke, June 9, 1911. This post is a copy of the article that appeared the next day in the St. Louis Star. It contains one of the only rays of light I’ve found in this dark tale.
The one ray of light I mentioned was when the Board of the Maplewood Church of Christ decided not to ask Cora’s sister, Blanche, to leave the church. This was reported by Mrs F. Wiss.
The Wiss family was the subject of a blog post, Early Photographs from the Wiss Family, back in June of 2018. We actually have several images of Mrs. Frank (Jennie) Wiss! What tremendous good fortune for us to be able to identify this brave woman. I take my hat off to the other forward thinking board members of the church as well.
It is very satisfying when a connection like this from across time can be made. Jennie Wiss could never have dreamed that she would someday be admired by who-knows-how-many folks today. She probably would know about a pandemic. The 1918 one was just seven years after this incident took place. She may have experienced many of the same fears that we are all facing today.
With that in mind, don’t let your guard down. We’re not out of this yet.
Doug Houser May 30, 2020