Clinton Miles Pease
Clinton married 1st in Douglas co., Mo. to Sophronia E. Rice.
In 1880 they were in Richland township, Ozark Co., Mo.
Pease, Clinton M. (Self) - 28 (b 1852 RI), Farmer, par b VT/NH
. . . . Safrona E. (wife) - 23 (b1857 MO), par b KY/TN
. . . . Freddie E. (son) - 2 MO Fa: RI Mo: MO
Rice, Nancy (motherL) - 64 TN Fa: TN Mo: TN
About 1884 he moved back to Howell Co, Mo.
In 1887 he was living in Pottersville, Mo where son William M. was born July
18, 1887. They had been married for 10 years when Sophronia died in
Pottersville Dec. 12, 1887 and was buried in the cemetery there. [Her
tombstone says she died in 1877.] See:
She was the only Pease buried there, but there were 4 other Rice family members
About May the next year (1888) he married 2nd to Ina Root. Ina died 2 months
after their marriage, July 27, 1888.
Clinton was left with small children, so sometime after July 1888, he married
3rd to Sidney Moore and they had 4 more children.
1900 MO census: Howell Co, West Plains, p 100:
Pease, Clinton (head) - 47, b Sept 1852, m 25 yrs, b RI, par b VT/NH
. . . . Sidney V. (wife) - 30, b Sept 1869, m 25 yrs, 4 ch/4 liv, b MO, par
. . . . Frederick E. (son) - 22, b May 1878, MO
. . . . Charles O (son) - 19, b Aug 1880, MO
. . . . Ada D. (daug) - 18, b July 1882, MO
. . . . Victoria (daug) - 10, b Dec 1889, MO
. . . . Sarah H. (daug) - 6, b Mar 1894, MO
. . . . Geneva C. (daug) - 3, b July 1896, MO
. . . . Miles H. (son) - 3/12, b Mar 1900, MO
Clinton was 48 years old when his last child, Robert, was born about 1901.
1910 MO census: Howell Co, 2 ward, West Plains, p 168
Pease, Clinton M. (head) - 58 m 3rd 21 yrs, b RI, par b NH/MA
. . . . Sydna V. (wife) - 40, m1st 21 yrs, 4 ch, 3 liv, b MO, par b MO/TN
. . . . Victoria (daug) - 20, b MO
. . . . Geneva C. (daug) - 13, b MO
. . . . Robert H. (son) - 10, b MO
The 1911-12 West Plains (MO) City Directory lists them as:
Pease, C.M., miller, 315 Pennsylvania Ave.
Pease, Mrs. Sidney Moore, 315 Pennsylvania Ave.
Pease, Victoria, Geneva, Robert, 315 Pennsylvania Ave.
1920 MO census: Howell co, 2 ward, West Plains, p 57 or 6b
Pease, Clinton M (head) - 67, b RI
. . . . Sidney V. (wife) - 50, b MO
. . . . Victoria (daug) - 29, b MO
. . . . Geneva (daug) - 23, b MO
. . . . Robert M. (son) - 19, b MO
Clinton was in the milling business with his brother, George. He was
a member of the Methodist Espicopal Chruch where he was on the board of trustees.
He was also a civic leader in West Plains, where he organized and was the
first president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a director of a bank in
West Plains. He was a Republican and belonged to the AF&AM, IOOF,
This list of children may not be right. His obituary, below, lists only these
children: Fred E., Charles, Robert, Mrs. Carl Bonham, Mrs. William B. Stryker,
Miss Geneva Pease, however the city directory listing of 1911-12 shows a
Victoria also. She must have died soon afterwards
Obituary probably from West Plains, Mo Quill: (don't have date)
C.M. Pease, Pioneer, Miller, Passes Away after Long Illness
Head of Flour Milling Company Was First President Local Chamber of Commerce.
Was first president of Chamber of Commerce Here.
Clinton M. Pease, 70 years old, one of the most widely know millers of south
central Missouri and for many years one of West Plains' most popular businessmen,
died at his home on Pennsylvania avenue at 8:25 o'clock last night,
following a prolonged illness due to kidney trouble. Mr. Pease had
been in frail health the last several years. He went to Mayo Brothers Hospital
in Rochester, Minn., a few years ago and underwent an operation for gall
stones, with the hope of regaining his health, but was unable to recover
fully. However he as able to continue activities in business most of the
time until a few months ago.
Mr. Pease, who had been president and general manager of the Pease-Moore
Milling Co., since its organization twenty-four years ago, was one of the
most scientific millers of the state, and a few years ago served as president
of the Southwest Millers' Association. He had been a resident of Howell
county for nearly forty years, having been engaged in the milling business
in Pottersville for a few years before coming? to West Plains ???
when he and a brother, the Rev. George A. Pease, purchased the Enterprise
Roller mill here which they operated for a number of years, but which was
later destroyed by fire.
No man who has ever lived in West Plains has enjoyed more fully the confidence
and esteem of those with whom he dealt. A man of the highest honor and integrity
he far rather would have lost dollars than to have received a penny more
than was justly due him on any business transaction. Of far more than average
business ability and a man who made more than one average fortune in business,
he several times was financially crippled because of his kindness and generosity,
which kept him constantly paying notes for others or helping others in some
other way financially. However, no financial reverses ever handicapped him
for long, as his ability and the confidence which others had in his ability
and his integrity always enable him to "come back."
Throughout the years of his life in West Plains Mr. Pease was prominently
identified with every movement in the interest of the town and county. He
helped to organize the West Plains Chamber of Commerce and was its first
president, although for the last few years his failing health had prohibited
him from being as active in the Chamber's work as he was in the earlier life
of the organization.
Mr. pease was born in Providence, R.I., the son of a pioneer New Englander
of Puritan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .for his sturdy and admirable
principles of manhood, which distinguished him in all his dealings. When
he was still a child his parents came west and settled in Minnesota, where
his father, Miles Pease, hauled up the Mississippi River from LaCross, the
first printing press ever taken to St. Paul. A few years later the family
came to St. Clair, Mo., where the father engaged in the manufacture of woolen
goods. Later they lived for a short time in Gasconade county and in Rolla,
before coming to the Southern Ozarks and locating in Douglas county, where
they engaged in the milling business. It was here that Mr. Pease gained his
early and valuable experience in the milling business. His father established
the first grist mill, saw mill and planing mill in this section of the country.
For a number of years the people of West Plains and vicinity took their grain
to the Pease mill on the North Fork of White River in Douglas county to be
ground, and the lumber for some of the first buildings were from the Pease
mill in Douglas county.
In 1880 Clint Pease and his brother, George Pease, established saw mills
in the pineries of Ozark and Douglas counties and for four years were engaged
in milling pine lumber there before coming to Howell county.
Mr. Pease always has been progressive in business. He and his brother established
in the old Enterprise mill here one of the first full plansifter flouring
. . . . (unreadable). . plans . . . to date as new systems were introduced.
For many years, Mr. Pease had been affiliated with a number of local fraternal
orders, among them the Masonic order, in which he affiliates with the Blue
Lodge, the Royal Arch Chapter, the Knights Templar and the Shrine, having
taken the Shrine degree in Kansas City more than a quarter of a century ago,
before the Abou Ben Adhim Shrine was established in Springfield, where he
had had his Shrine affiliations in recent years. He had been a member of
the Methodist church for many years. As in business he was unpretentious
and unassuming in his religion, but his sincerity and faithfulness made him
always a valuable member of the church.
Beside his widow, Mrs. Sidney Moore Pease, Mr. Pease is survived by three
sons, Fred E. Pease, of the Langston-Mantz-Pease Mercantile Co., of West
Plains, Charles Pease of Little Rock, Ark., and Robert Pease, who is connected
with the Pease-Moore Co., here, by three daughters, Mrs. Carl Bonham of Pomona,
Cal., Mrs. William B. Stryker of Chicago, and Miss Geneva Pease of Ft. Worth,
Tex., and two brothers and one sister, Clarence Pease of Mtn. Grove, Myron
M. Pease of Dora, Ozark county, and Mrs. M. King of El Paso, Tex. The two
sons here and the daughter from Chicago were at his bedside at the time of
his death. Miss Geneva Pease and Charles Pease will arrive here tonight,
but the daughter in California, who was here a short time ago, will not return....
His death certificate lists this info:
Howell Co, West Plains: Clinton Miles Pease
b Sept 26, 1852 RI; d Nov. Nov 15, 1922 at 8:30 pm or cancer of bladder.
Father: Miles Pease (b NH), mother: Susan Metcalf (b VT)
info by: Fred Pease, West Plains, MO