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clark matthew hightower--place of death

clark matthew hightower--place of death

Posted: 8 Mar 2004 2:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: hightower
I am look for place of death of clark matthew hightower
born--1884, Illinois; died August 1950
Clark sold typewriters in Pasadena, California.
He was a long time resident of Pasadena, but it seems he
did not die in California. I have searched city, county and
states records and cannot find a death certificate.
He is buried in Mountain View cemetery in Altadena, CA
Help!

Re: clark matthew hightower--place of death

berta (View posts)
Posted: 10 Mar 2004 11:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
the cemetery should have some records on him.
you are posting on the wrong board for this
kind of search. this is an adoption search message board.

Re: clark matthew hightower--place of death

Posted: 12 Mar 2004 10:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
I apologize, but Clark Hightower's cemetery has no records on him because they burned in a fire. The ssdi has nothing.
I can't find an obit. I cannot find anything about his death at
all and he died in the accident which killed my mother and dad. I thought if I got something about his death I could discover their names. I'm sorry, I won't use this borard again.

Start Over

Heather (View posts)
Posted: 17 Mar 2004 2:51PM GMT

Re: Start Over

Posted: 18 Mar 2004 4:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Heather--please prepare yourself for a complicated tale.
I am looking for the name of my biological father and his wife.
I think. I know they died in some kind of an accident that left me with burn scars. I just want their names and the knowledge of how they died. Clark Hightower was her uncle.
And after the accident I live with her mother and father for a time. I don't remember living there, but I have confirmed that I did. Apparently Clark did not die in California but he had lived in Pasadena selling typewriters since the 1920's so, grasping at straws, I thought if I could find out where and how he died I might find a clue to my parents names. Find out more about them and their lives, to, you know, fill in the empty gaps. I feel incomplete and unsettled and I have always had trouble with depression.
I woke in the "new" parents house at age six with absolutely
no memories. A woman was there and she said my "father"
had arrived to see me and a man in an "Ike" wool jacket
told me I was going to go live with him and I would have a
big sister, a little brother and a baby sister.
The "new mother and father" kept telling me that they were
not going to adopt me, but I learn at age 20 that they had.
They never answered my questions. They said they didn't
remember how I got burned. My entire childhood was filled
with confusion.
At the first Christmas with them I didn't know what the
heck was going on (I was six). I didn't get Santa. A lawyer
came when I was about nine and kept calling me the little
Jewess. I am, in fact, 90% Indo-European and 10% sub saharan with is a typical DNA Print for Ashkenazi Jews.
I am HLA-B27 positi ve and have the spondylitis to prove
it.
To complicate matters, the woman who finished rearing me
is my biological mother. I suspect she acted as a surregate
mother, because in the state were I was adopted any child
born to a mother during a marriage is deemed to be the child
of that marriage and she was married to her husband at the
time I was born. He always referred to me as the orphan.
And they both made it very clear that I was a burden.
That's my story. It seemed to me I was on the right message board, but maybe I'm not. A great story for the
soaps, though!

Re: Start Over

Posted: 18 Mar 2004 4:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Heather--please prepare yourself for a complicated tale.
I am looking for the name of my biological father and his wife.
I think. I know they died in some kind of an accident that left me with burn scars. I just want their names and the knowledge of how they died. Clark Hightower was her uncle.
And after the accident I live with her mother and father for a time. I don't remember living there, but I have confirmed that I did. Apparently Clark did not die in California but he had lived in Pasadena selling typewriters since the 1920's so, grasping at straws, I thought if I could find out where and how he died I might find a clue to my parents names. Find out more about them and their lives, to, you know, fill in the empty gaps. I feel incomplete and unsettled and I have always had trouble with depression.
I woke in the "new" parents house at age six with absolutely
no memories. A woman was there and she said my "father"
had arrived to see me and a man in an "Ike" wool jacket
told me I was going to go live with him and I would have a
big sister, a little brother and a baby sister.
The "new mother and father" kept telling me that they were
not going to adopt me, but I learn at age 20 that they had.
They never answered my questions. They said they didn't
remember how I got burned. My entire childhood was filled
with confusion.
At the first Christmas with them I didn't know what the
heck was going on (I was six). I didn't get Santa. A lawyer
came when I was about nine and kept calling me the little
Jewess. I am, in fact, 90% Indo-European and 10% sub saharan with is a typical DNA Print for Ashkenazi Jews.
I am HLA-B27 positi ve and have the spondylitis to prove
it.
To complicate matters, the woman who finished rearing me
is my biological mother. I suspect she acted as a surregate
mother, because in the state were I was adopted any child
born to a mother during a marriage is deemed to be the child
of that marriage and she was married to her husband at the
time I was born. He always referred to me as the orphan.
And they both made it very clear that I was a burden.
That's my story. It seemed to me I was on the right message board, but maybe I'm not. A great story for the
soaps, though!

Re: clark matthew hightower--place of death

Posted: 31 Mar 2004 6:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

Just a couple of ideas. Did you contact social security directly? Try visiting one in person in your area. Have them try Clark Matthew and Matthew Clark.

Also, did California try Clark Matthew and Matthew Clark?

Do you know how they died? I would suggest you start contacting other states working your way out from California. Maybe they died in another state while travelling.

I'm also assuming you contacted the newspaper in Pasadena? Not only should you do a search about his obit, but also have them look for any other articles with his name in them. Even advertisements for his business could be helpful. I think they do this for a relatively small fee. If not, visit a library in the area and look for yourself.

Also, I found him listed in the Illinois 1910 census:
HIGHTOWER CLARK M
age 25
IL DOUGLAS MURDOCK TWP
Occupation listed as school teacher
His father was born in Georgia
His mother born in Illinois
He was living with William, Matilda, and Nellie Jones.


In the 1900 Illinois census: EFFINGHAM WATSON TWP

Father John D Hightower: born Nov 1840 (John's father born NC, mother born SC) occupation Farmer.

Mother Harriet (?hard to read) - born Feb 1849 IL (her father born IL, mother born CT)

Brother John E born Aug 1878

Clark M born Nov 1884 listed as in school


Re: clark matthew hightower--place of death

Sue (View posts)
Posted: 21 Oct 2004 11:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
You need to go to the cemetery office or write them and they will have information from his death certificate. They will not have his death certificate, but nearly everything from it. At eh very least they will no the funeral provider and by law, they are the ones who complete the paperwork for death certificates. This is an easy hunt.

Re: clark matthew hightower--place of death

tikalsky (View posts)
Posted: 21 Oct 2004 4:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
dear sue--
Thanks for you help. I finally located his death certificate in Arizona. The trouble was that since he lived in CA but died in Ar Ca had no info. Thanks to Arizona's searchable death index I found what I wanted. Pam

Re: clark matthew hightower--place of death

Sue (View posts)
Posted: 22 Oct 2004 1:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, by law, death certificates are filed in the county and state where they died VS were they lived.
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