Monday, February 10, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #6 ~ Clair Saurer

Written for Amy Johnson Crow's Challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. (click on the icon in the sidebar for details at Amy's blog)

First, just the facts:
Name: Clair Raymond Saurer
Born: 13-Feb-1908, East Union Twp, Wayne Co, Ohio
Married: Temple M Ray, 18-Aug-1939
Died: 30-Jan-1985, Apple Creek, Wayne Co, Ohio

Relationship: Great-uncle [or grand-uncle as some would have it]

He is my paternal grandmother’s [Lela Mabel (Saurer) Ritchie] brother.
I have this most adorable picture of Clair as a little boy.  Don't you love how the boys wore dresses?  Fortunately Uncle Clair was around until I was in my twenties so I have identification for many of these old pictures.  Next is one of my favorite pictures - the John F Saurer family.  The younger boy with the rather intense look on his face is Clair.

Clair was married in Cleveland to Temple Ray.  According to the notes on back, this was taken on their wedding day.  Uncle Clair's nickname was "Snowball" - I have no idea why!  Someone told me it was because his hair turned white so early, but as you can see here, it wasn't white when he married and he was 31.

He worked at the local grocery story - owned by his brother-in-law - and you can see that when they returned from their honeymoon they was a special sale marking the event!!  I have the large flyer pictured below.  Not sure if the picture below was during the honeymoon, but they did like to travel to Florida and this could have been taken during one of those trips.  Note the writing "Snowy-Temp". 

This is how I remember Uncle Clair.  He and Aunt Temp lived next door to my grandparents and we would go visit when we were there.  They had a dog that Uncle Clair loved but I was always a little bit afraid of.  If the dog was out in the yard by itself, I wouldn't go over there without my Dad!!  I'm really not sure WHY I was scared of the dog - it certainly never bit me or anything, but I just remember being afraid of it.

Here is the Saurer family much later.  I believe this was taken in the mid-late 1950's.  From the other pictures with this one, it would have been prior to my parent's marriage in 1958.  Clair is third from the left in the back - again, no white hair! 

Uncle Clair always seemed so quite to me.  Aunt Temp was definitely NOT quite - which might be why they got along. I don't remember much about Uncle Clair.  I think I need to ask my dad to tell me some stories about his uncle.


  1. Everyone knows the reason he was nicknamed snowball is because he LOVED to play in the snow building snow forts and throwing snowballs at all those who passed by. He got the nickname snowball because his aim was always dead on! He never missed the people he threw snowballs at. He would always give a warning to the people yelling "snowball" and people just started calling him snowball.

  2. Oh Anonymous (aka Denise) - you should write ALL the family history as your versions are SO much more interesting than mine!! :-)


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