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Harvey Clawson

Harvey Clawson is well known in Cambria County as the capable postmaster of Belsano. He was born in Cherry Hill Township, Indiana County, Pa., Feb. 11, 1869, and is the son of William C. and Catherine (Wike) Clawson.

William C. Clawson, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Indiana County and during his entire life was interested in farming and stock raising. He served during the Civil War as a member of Company A, 55th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Mr. Clawson was a republican and member of the Methodist Church. He is buried at Belsano, and his widow resides at that place. They had two children: Sally, deceased, was the wife of Frank Craft, who lives at Indiana, Pa.; and Harvey, the subject of this sketch.

Harvey Clawson received his education in the district schools of Indiana County and at an early age learned the blacksmith trade. He conducted a shop in Cherry Hill Township, Indiana County, until 1899, when he removed to Belsano, where he followed the same trade. Mr. Clawson was appointed postmaster in November 1925, and is also serving his second term as tax collector. He is a member of the state highway department and had charge of the construction work between Belsano and Nanty Glo.

In 1899 Mr. Clawson was married to Miss Nettie Murdock, the daughter of Chambers and Rebecca (Coup) Murdock, natives of Indiana County, both now deceased. Mrs. Clawson died in 1900 and is buried in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County. To this union was born, Olive. She married Ralph Walters and lives at Harrisville, Pa.. They have two children, Elizabeth and Marlin. Mr. Clawson was married the second time to Miss Nellie Strausbaugh, and to them were born three sons: Roy Reed, a teacher; William Raymond, assistant postmaster, Belsano, and Robert Caldwell, a teacher. In 1914 Mr. Clawson was married the third time to Miss Bertha Brace, the daughter of Albert and Josephine Brace, natives of New York. Mr. Brace resides at Bradford, Pa. His wife is deceased. To Harvey and Bertha (Brace) Clawson two children were born, Mary Catherine and Harvey Lane, both students.

Mr. Clawson is a republican, a member of the Methodist Church and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Source: Gable, John E., "History of Cambria County Pennsylvania in Two Volumes Illustrated, Volume Two," Historical Publishing Company, Topeka - Indianapolis, 1926, p. 1181.


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