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Down Memory Lane: Miss Hattie Clark

Linda Shives Ello, now a resident of Mystic, Connecticut shares fond memories of her early childhood years spent in Metcalfe County, plus photo(s) and an interesting bit of the Clark family history. It's a story of the beloved Miss Hattie Clark, the Parke house on KY 163 in South Metcalfe Co., and some notes on family connections to explorers George Rogers Clark and William Clark. -GENIECE MARCUM for CM
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By Linda Shives Ello

When I was very small my parents, Travis and Delphia Clark Shives, myself, my sister Phyllis and our brother Larry lived in the house with Hattie Clark and her mother, Great Aunt Mary Jane Parke.

Hattie's father was my Great Uncle, Maurice Taylor Clark. Uncle Taylor was a brother to my Grandfather William C. Clark , (Billy). Uncle Taylor built the house where we all lived; you can still see his initials in both brick chimneys he built - on one chimney his initials are upside down!

Uncle Taylor died before I was born and Aunt Mary Jane died when I was about two years old but I do remember her. Aunt Mary Jane and Hattie lived on one side and we live on the other side of the house. My dad Travis Shives farmed the land for Hattie and her mother.

The house was a two-family house divided, with the bedrooms upstairs and the kitchens and sitting rooms on the bottom floors.

We each had our own entrance and our own porch.

The house is now being redone by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Roddy. When I was there last September 2009, they had put plumbing and a bathroom in the house and put in a new kitchen while trying to maintain the original floors, walls, doors, etc.

I have fond memories of living there with Hattie and can remember everything about the house - even the barns, the garage, the woodshed, chicken house and the "outhouse". I even remember playing with the cornhusk doll Hattie gave me - sitting upstairs just playing with the doll.

Hattie Lois Clark was born September 9, 1897 and died June 6, 1978. She is buried with her parents at Summer Shade Cemetery located on Hwy. 90, just outside the small town of Summer Shade.

Hattie donated most of her money to several local cemeteries and churches, including Pleasant Grove, Missionary Mound and Summer Shade Cemetery where most of our ancestors are buried. In her later years, my Uncle Odell Clark helped Hattie while she still lived on the farm.

Hattie was always dressed in style and always had her hair neatly combed. She was very nice to us often giving us presents; I still have a pink piggy bank that she gave me, (with the price of 39 cents marked on the bottom); actually my granddaughter has the piggy bank sitting on her dresser.

After we moved to Indiana, Hattie came up to visit us and one time drove my Granddad and Grandma Rufus and Comiller Shive up to visit. Hattie loved to travel and often sent us post cards from different places; I'm sure I still have some of them inherited from my mother's scrapbooks.

We come from one of the great, great, great grandfathers who were the parents of George Rogers Clark and William Clark of the William and Clark Expedition; of course this is a different story and I'm still working on this. Another story for another time.

Just a reminder to everyone that Aunt Cromer Martin Shive, married to Paul Shive (my father's brother) will celebrate her 100th birthday on November 15, 2010. Her son Phillip is married to my cousin Sue Clark Shive. One of Aunt Cromer's daughters is a hairdresser at Gray's Family Cuts, Edmonton.

I hope to get down to KY this coming September again. I wanted to come for Aunt Cromer's birthday but the weather in Connecticut could be snowy by then; and since I will be flying, I think I'll take my chances in September. Linda Shives Ello

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Down Memory Lane: Miss Hattie Clark

2010-07-28 - Photo from the collection of Linda Shives Ello. South Metcalfe Co., KY
Linda Shives Ello of Mystic, CT, shares this wonderful photo of Miss Hattie Clark, a beautiful woman who was a big part of her life. In Edmonton, there are still fond memories of the, kind, pretty insurance agency secretary at the tiny office in the old Edmonton City Hall, which, at the time, housed City Offices and utilities, the Edmonton Fire Department. Miss Hattie died in 1978, the office of The Edmonton Herald-News, personified then by Miss Hattie's best friend, the unforgettable Ruth Van Zant, and the insurance agency.

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