Clint Newman

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Clinton Newman, 1927

Earl Clinton "Clint" Newman (20 June 1892 - 11 January 1972) was a Canadian-American travelling salesman.

Early life

He was born 20 June 1892 in Leamington, Ontario to William Newman (1866 - 1952) and Lorana Wilkinson (1869 - 1918). He grew up to be 174cm tall.

Sometime before World War I, his parents moved to Winnipeg, where they lived at 430 Victor Street.

Career

He moved to America from September 1914 to 29 July 1917, working as a munitions worker, eventually "munitions inspector", during World War I.

On 12 August 1917, his border crossing document from Canada to the United States, notes "abandoned domicile". He was crossing into the US to take up residence with his father-in-law at 54 Ketcham Place, in Buffalo.

Later, he changed his career to be a travelling salesman, whose job led him to travel to many places in America.

In 1942, his employer's name is listed as "Inspection Board of United Kingdom and Canada", headquartered at 15 Broad Street, New York. He's living with his wife at 3801 Carter, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

He retired in 1962.

First Marriage

He married Eugenia Swift (1895-1976) and had three children:

He divorced his first wife in Reno, Nevada.

Second Marriage

On 13 July 1942 he became a naturalized American citizen.

In 1948 he moved permanently to Pittsburgh.

On 15 July 1949, at age 57, he remarried to 44-year-old Virginia E. Worstell in Pinellas, Florida. At the time his occupation was listed on his marriage license as a "Sales Rep."

He and his wife built a home (according to Sandra Kenzie) and lived at 8280 Tanglewood Road, in McCandless, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Death

In his final years he had Alzeimer's disease, which led him to wander around his leafy neighbourhood in Pittsburgh without knowing where he was, according to Mary Ann Currie.

He died on 11 January 1972. He is buried in Mount Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, Northland Section 22.

Obituary

From 12 January 1972, page 22, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

E.C. Newman Rites Slated

E. Clinton Newman, 79, a retired manufacturers, representative of machine tools, died yesterday (Jan. 11) at his home on Tanglewood Road, McCandless Township, after a long illness.

He was born in Leamington, Ontario, Canada, and had been a Pittsburgh area resident for 24 years. He retired in 1962.

Mr. Newman was a member of the Watson Presbyterian Church; the American Society of Tool Engineers; Ivy Lodge No. 397, F&AM Allegheny Council 38; Tancred Commandery 48 of Pittsburgh, and the Thomas Peters chapter 250, Syria Shrine, of Windsor, Ont.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Worstell Newman; two sons, Dr. John W. Newman and Eugene Newman; a brother, Harold N. Newman; and seven grandchildren. [Bruce's 3, John's 3, and Gene's Karen]

Friends will be received at the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, where services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be at Mt. Royal Cemetery.

From 11 January 1972, page 64, The Pittsburgh Press

NEWMAN On Tuesday, January 11, 1972, E. Clinton, husband of Virginia Worstell Newman of Tanglewood Rd., McCandless Twp.; father of Dr. John W. and Eugene Newman; brother of Harold Newman of Sascatchewan [sic], Canada; also survived by seven grandchildren. Friends received at the H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Perry Hwy., Perrysville where services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Estate Notice

From 23 February 1972, North Hills News Record, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Estate Notice

Letters have been granted on the estate of the following decedent to the personal representative named, who requests all persons having claims against the estate of the decedent to make known the same in writing to him or his attorney, and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payments to him without delay.

Estate of EARL CLINTON NEWMAN a/k/a E. CLINTON NEWMAN, a/k/a E. C. NEWMAN, deceased of McCandless Township, No. 579 of 1982. Letters of Administration, C.T.A. on his estate were granted to the undersigned who requests all persons having claims or demands make known the same and all persons indebted to decedent to make payment without delay to Virginia Worstell Newman, Admtrx. 8280 Tanglewood Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237, or to James W. Dunn, Jr., Atty., 6000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237.

Personality

Mary Ann Currie's biggest memory of her grandfather is when they would visit her home in Don Mills, Ontario, between perhaps the ages of 5 and 10 (1955 to 1960), he would always have candy or coins in his pockets for the girls. One time it was a quarter, which was a lot of money. He would later enjoy telling the story that he asked a young Mary Ann "So what's better than a quarter in your pocket?" and she precociously replied "two quarters in my pocket!"

Clint and his second wife, "Grandma Ginny", would visit Toronto every couple of years in the 1950s and 1960s, visiting his son Bruce Newman and his wife and 3 daughters. They would invariably go to the one Chinese restaurant in existence at the time, which was very large and for the young girls marked Clint out as exotic and worldly.

According to Sandra, Clint was a businesslike man who was nonetheless warm and personable.

Sources

Ancestry.com. Florida, County Marriage Records, 1823-1982 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Marriage Records. Florida Marriages. Various Florida County Courthouses and State Archive, Tallahassee, Florida.

BURIAL Mount Royal Cemetery Glenshaw, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA PLOT Northland Section 22 MEMORIAL ID 151433523 · View Source

The National Archives at Washington, D.C; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Individuals Entering through the Port of Detroit, Michigan, 1906-1954; NAI: 4527226; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004 M1478 - Detroit, 1906-1954 071

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12 January 1972, page 22. [1]

North Hills News Record, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 23 February 1972, page 32.

Sources

Mary Ann Currie, telephone conversation with Michael Currie, 22 July 2018