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Clarence Edgar Phillis

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Compiled and written by Kimberli Faulkner Hull
Grandniece of Clarence Edgar Phillis
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Clarence Edgar Phillis was born on 31 May 1901 in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio to John C. Phillis and Julia A. Thomas.1 Clarence’s family moved from Ohio to Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas when he was four years old and then on to Dewey, Washington County, Oklahoma a few years later.2

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The youngest of John and Julia’s seven sons, Clarence must have enjoyed hearing the stories of his older brother’s travels when they came home in 1909 for Thanksgiving.3

"A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return," news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.
“A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.

The family was once again on the move in 1912, relocating to Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.4 Clarence’s father, John, died on 30 January 1918 in Chicago and is buried in Montrose Cemetery.5

Following their father’s death, Clarence and his brother, Ralph, lived with their mother, Julia, on the north side of Chicago at 508 Grant Place, and his brother, Howard, and his wife, Ethel, lived in the same building as well.6

Marriage and family

Clarence married Kathlyn Morgan on 22 January 1921 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.7 Clarence and Kathlyn had six known children, Clarence Edgar Jr, Iva/Arva Jane, who died at the age of 11 months, Ethel Helen, a baby boy who died at birth, Julia., and Patricia Ruth.8

Clarence’s mother, Julia A. Thomas Phillis, died on 2o March 1927 in Chicago and is buried in Montrose Cemetery.9

The family lived in Chicago, first at 2407 Flournoy Street, then at 615 Webster, and, when Clarence registered for the draft in 1942, at 1847 Cleveland Avenue.10 As was with much of the world, it must have been an especially trying time for Clarence and Kathlyn as their son, Pfc. Clarence Jr., was wounded during World War II, but survived.11

“66 of Area on Army, Navy Casualty Lists, Army Wounded, Pfc. Clarence E. Phillis, newspaper article, Daily Times (Chicago, Illinois), p. 1, col. 2.
“66 of Area on Army, Navy Casualty Lists, Army Wounded, Pfc. Clarence E. Phillis,” newspaper article, Daily Times (Chicago, Illinois), 21 Sept 1944, p. 1, col. 2.

By 1950, Clarence had contracted tuberculosis and was a patient at the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium. Kathlyn was living with their daughters, Ethel and Pat, and their families.12

Sadly, Clarence and Kathlyn’s daughter, Ethel Helen, died at the age of 29 on 14 June 1954 in Chicago.13

Clarence Edgar Phillis died on 21 January 1962 at the age of 60 in Chicago.14 Kathlyn Morgan Phillis died at the age of 62 on 25 November 1963 in Chicago.15 Both are buried in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois.16

Endnotes

1. No birth record was found for Clarence. Birthdate and location on WWI draft registration.
United States World War II Draft Registration Card, Clarence Edgar Phillis, serial no. T50, Local Draft Board no. 145, Chicago, Illinois. Birth: 31 May 1901, Cambridge, Ohio.

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2. 1905 Kansas state census, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, p. 5, dwelling 43, family 43, J. C. Phillis; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas,
1905 Kansas Territory Census, roll: ks1905_104.
– J. C. Phillis, age 48
– J. A. Phillis, age 45
– W. W. Phillis, age 20
– C. S. Phillis, age 18
– Fred, age 16
– Boyce, age 14
– Howard, 11
– Ralph, age 9
– Clarance, age 3

Also, “Farewell Dinner Held for Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillis,” news articleCambridge Jeffersonian, (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 23 Feb 1905, p. 1, col. 6.

Also, “Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillis and Family Begin Move to Kansas” news articleCambridge Jeffersonian (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 9 Mar 1905, p. 1, col. 3.

Also, 1910 U.S. census, Dewey Township, Washington County, Oklahoma, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 255, sheet 19B, dwelling 389, John C. Phillis household.
The family was living on Cherokee Street.
– John C. Phillis, head, age 54, married 27 years, born in Ohio
– Julia A., wife, age 50, married 27 years, 7 children born and living, born in Ohio
– Howard, son, age 16, single, born in Ohio
– John B., son, age 19, single, born in Ohio
– Ralph R., son, age 13, single, born in Ohio
– Clarence E., son, age 8, single, born in Ohio

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3. “A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return,” news articleThe Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.

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4. “Mr. and Mrs. Phillis Move to Chicago,” newspaper article, Dewey Globe (Dewey, Oklahoma), 16 Feb 1912, p. 5, col. 3.

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5. State of Illinois, Standard Certificate of Death, Chicago, Cook County, no. 2867, John C. Phillis, 30 Jan 1918; privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull, Massachusetts.
Birth: 29 Sept 1856, Ohio. Age 61 years, 3 months, 1 day. Married. Occupation: Watchman. Cause of death: chronic interstitial nephritis arterial paralysis. Father: Joseph Phillis, born in Ohio.  Mother: Josephine Ewing, Ohio. Informant: Charles S Phillis. Burial: Montrose, 1 Feb 1918.

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6. 1920 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 1261, ward 23, sheet 1A, dwelling 1, family 2, Julia Phillis household.
Address: 508 Grant Place
– Julia Phillis, age 61, widow, born in Ohio
– Ralph Phillis, son, age 23, single, born in Ohio, chauffeur, garage
– Clarence, son, age 18, single, born in Ohio, saleman, department store
Same page, same address, dwelling 2, family 7, Howard Phillis household:
– Howard Phillis, age 26, married, born in Ohio, inn clerk, hotel
– Ethel, wife, age 26, married, born in Tennessee, typesetter, printing

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7. Cook County, Illinois, Marriage, Clarence E. Phillis–Kathlyn Morgan, 26 Jan 1921.
Groom: Clarence E. Phillis, age 19. Bride: Katlyn Morgan, age 19.

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8. Clarence and Katlyn’s children:

Clarence Edgar Jr.: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificate, no. 65858, Clarence Edgar Phillis, 22 May 1921. Parents: Clarence Edgar Phillis and Kathlyn Morgan.
Note: Birthplace of parents is reversed; father’s listed as Anna, Illinois, and mother’s as Cambridge, Ohio.

Iva /Arva Jane: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificate, no. 37337, Arva Jane Phillis, 30 Aug 1923. Parents: Clarence Edgar Phillis, age 22, born in Cambridge, Ohio and Kathlyn Morgan, age 22, born in Anna, Illinois.

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Deaths, Iva Jane Phillis, 31 July 1924. Birth: 30 Aug 1923. Parents: Clarence Edgar Phillis and Kathlyn Morgan. Address: 1822 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago. Burial: Mount Auburn, 1 Aug 1924. Note: Name on death record is Iva not Arva. However, it is possible her name was Arva as Kathlyn’s mother’s name was Arvazene.

Ethel Helen: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificate, no. 58396, Ethel Helen Phillis, 9 Dec 1924. Parents: Clarence Phillis, age 23, born in Cambridge, Ohio, and Kathleen Morgan, age 23, born in Anna, Illinois.

Baby boy: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Deaths, Male Phillis, 22 Aug 1925. Birth: 22 Aug 1925, Chicago. Parents: Clarence Phillis and Kathleen Morgan. Address: 1856 Cleveland Ave., Chicago. Burial: Oak Forest, 10 Sept 1925.

Julia A.: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificate, no. 29401, Julia Marie Phillis, 24 June 1927. Parents: Clarence Phillis, age 26, born in Columbus, Ohio, and Kathlyn Morgan, age 25, born in Anna, Illinois. Notes: Father’s birthplace is incorrect. Also, the Middle name is listed as Marie on her birth certificate but her death certificate and obituary list letter “A” for the middle name.

Patricia Ruth: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificate, no. 45687, Patricia Ruth Phillis, 1 Dec 1932. Parents: Clarence Phillis, age 31, born in Cambridge, Ohio, and Kathlyn Morgan, age 31, born in Anna, Illinois.

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9. State of Illinois, Department of Public Health–Division of Vital Statistics, death certificate, registered no. 8278 (1921), Cook County, Julia A. Phillis, 20 Mar 1927; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull, Massachusetts. Also, “Mrs. Julia Phillis,” obituary, Daily Jeffersonian (Cambridge, Ohio), 22 Mar 1927, p. 8, col. 3.

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10. 1930 U.S. census, Chicago Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 16-891, ward 25, sheet 10B, dwelling 139, family 197, Clarence Phillis household.
Address: 2407 Flournoy Street
– Clarence, age 28, married, born in Ohio, chauffeur, yellow cab
– Kathlyn, wife, age 28, married, born in Illinois
– Clarence, Jr, son, age 8, born in Illinois
– Helen, daughter, age 5,  born in Illinois
– Julia, daughter, age 2, born in Illinois

Also, 1940 U.S. census, Chicago Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 103-2816, sheet 6B, ward 44, dwelling 139, family 197, Clarence Phillis household.
Address: 615 Webster
– Clarance, age 40, married, born in Ohio, truck driver, rugs
– Kathleen, wife, age 38, married, born in Illinois
– Clarence, son, age 18, single, born in Illinois, glue sizer, rugs
– Ethel, daughter, age 15,  born in Illinois
– Julia, daughter, age 12, born in Illinois
– Patricia, daughter, age 7, born in Illinois

Also, United States World War II Draft Registration Card, Clarence Edgar Phillis, serial no. T50, Local Draft Board no. 145, Chicago, Illinois, 16 Feb 1942. Birth: 31 May 1901, Cambridge, Ohio.
Address: 1847 Cleveland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Employment: Chicago Rug and Furniture Company.
Contact: Brother, H. T. Phillis, 2433 Geneva Ter.

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11. “66 of Area on Army, Navy Casualty Lists, Army Wounded, Pfc. Clarence E. Phillis,” newspaper article, Daily Times (Chicago, Illinois), 21 Sept 1944, p. 1, col. 2.

Also, “Stan Hack of Cubs Chats with Pfc. Clarence Phillis,” newspaper photo, Daily Times (Chicago, Illinois), 6 Oct 1945, p. 1, col. 3.

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12. 1950 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 103-3690, sheet 10, patient, Clarence Phillis.
Address: Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium
Clarence Phillis, patient, age 48, married, born in Ohio

Also,

1950 U.S. census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 103-4101, sheet 13, Howard Stark household.
Address: 1949 3rd
Howard Stark, ag 31, married, born in Illinois, woodworker, picture frame mfg
Helen, wife, age 25, married, born in Illinois,
Robert, son, age 4, born in Illinois [Robert Zokoych]
Phillis, Kathlyn, mother, age 48, married, born in Illinois, milling mach oper, projector mfg
Muccia, Joseph, lodger, age 20, married, born in Illinois, manager, retail grocer
Patricia, wife, age 17, married, born in Illinois
Cathy, daughter, born in Dec 1949 in Illinois

13. State of Illinois, Illinois, Cook County Deaths, Chicago, Helen Stark, 14 June 1954. Birth: 9 Dec 1924, Illinois. Address: 1843 Bissell St. Age: 29. Divorced. Occupation: Housewife, clerk. Parents: Clarence Phillis and Kathlyn Morgan. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove, Illinois.

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14. Illinois, Cook County Deaths Index, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Clarence E. Phillis, 21 Jan 1962. Birth Date: 31 May 1901, Cambridge, Ohio. Address: 3137 W. Armitage Avenue. Age: 60. Occupation: Truck Driver. Funeral Home: Drake-Braithwaite. Burial: 24 Jan 1962, Memory Gardens, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Parents: John Phillis and Julia Thomas.

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15. Illinois, Cook County Deaths, Chicago, Cook County, Kathlyn Phillis, 25 Nov 1963. Birth: 22 Aug 1901, Anna, Illinois. Age 62. Widowed. Occupation: Glass blower. Parents: Earnest Morgan and Arvazine Smith. Funeral home: Daniel R. Beinecke. Cemetery: Memory Gardens.

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16. Find A Grave, memorial 175194674, Clarence E. Phillis (1901–1962), Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois, Garden of the Last Supper, Lot 52; no headstone photo.

Find A Grave, memorial 236525740, Kathlyn Morgan Phillis (1901–1963), Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois; no headstone photo. 

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Clarence Edgar Phillis,” Cool Adventures
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