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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #65

Debbie Atchley has kindly given me another day off by providing this challenge.

Piggly Wiggly, the first true self-service grocery store in America was founded in Memphis TN on 6 Sept 1916 by Clarence Saunders.

What was the name of the father of Clarence's second wife?

Drew Smith

According to Find a Grave, his widow was named Patricia (born 1900, died 1988). His first wife was Caroline Walker, who he divorced in the 1930s.

According to the book "Tunica County - Scraps of History", Pat was the daughter of Sam Houston, a Chancery Clerk.

Drew Smith

One more item. According to the archive for Time magazine (December 31, 1928): "Married. Clarence Saunders, 47, famed Piggly Wiggly storekeeper of Memphis, Tenn.; and Patricia Houston, 29, of Tunica, Miss.; in Chicago."

The divorce from his first wife must have been in the 1920s (correction to my previous comment).

Drew Smith

And one *more* note: According to this tree, Patricia Houston's father's full name was Samuel James Houston, born 1874, and his wife (and Patricia's mother) was Angie Gee.

Susan

Douglas L. Houston

(Here's how I finally got there!)

Using rootsweb WWI draft registration card, found Amy Caroline Saunders listed as wife in 1918.

Going backwards with census records, realized she must be his first wife, Amy Carolyn Walker.

Did a google search for divorce and clarence saunders. Found a mention in Time Magazine archives that Caroline sued for divorce Oct. 8, 1928.

Searched for a marriage record and found (pretty quick turn around time!):
Dec 31, 1928 - Time Magazine: Married. Clarence Saunders, 47, famed Piggly Wiggly storekeeper of Memphis, Tenn.; and Patricia Houston, 29, of Tunica, Miss.; in Chicago.

Looked for Patricia Houston, b. abt 1899 in MS in the 1910 and 1920 census and found Pattie as the daughter of Douglass in an area near Tunica, MS.

Chris

You were close, Susan, but the race of Douglas L. Houston's daughter was given in censuses as black or mulatto. Patricia (Houston) Saunders was white, as was her father, Sam Houston.

questors

Yup, Pat Houston, 8, shows up with her parents S.J. and Anna in Tunica, MS in 1910. They are all listed as white.

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