Joseph Clore

by Edmund Starling, 1886


JOSEPH CLORE, the subject of this sketch, was born in Pewee Valley, Oldham County, Kentucky, on the tenth day of June, 1806. His parents were both Virginians and came to Kentucky prior to or about 1800. They both died in Kentucky, the father in 1814, the mother in 1859. Mrs. Clore, mother of our subject, was Miss Mattie Fields, daughter of Daniel Fields, and was born near Danville, in 1814. She and Mr. Clore married January 27th, 1830, and have had thirteen children, ten of whom are living. Josephine Rebecca married Joel Yeager; Bettie married, first, James E. Ricketts, and, secondly, N. S. Glore; F. Lafayette married Miss Mattie Shirley, Lillie married T. E. Fields, J. O. Clore married Miss Emma Pilkington, Anna married Samuel Posey, Donna married Chas. Nosworthy, Ella and W. Hall are unmarried. Those who have departed this life are Miller, Maggie and Kate. For a number of years Mr. Clore, in addition to farming, operated a saw mill at Pewee Valley. In 1856, in partnership with a Mr. Shrader, he built a large saw mill in Henderson, and in the fall of 1857 removed with his family to this place. A short time subsequent to his removal, he purchased Mr. Shrader's interest and became the sole owner of the mill. A few years after coming to Henderson, he built his present handsome residence, and has continued to reside therein to this day. Mr. Clore, during his entire life in Henderson, has been an untiring worker, and has carried on his large business with less ostentation than most men not half so busily employed. He is a remarkably quiet man, and no one outside of his immediate family would ever know of what he has done and is doing, unless by chance they should see for themselves or engage him at his place of business in conversation. He is seldom seen from his mill, and while there, in conjunction with his boys, is more or less engaged in pushing his business. For years past he had been a heavy consumer of logs, and , perhaps, one of the largest handlers of lumber in the West. His mill is one of the largest and best, being supplied with the latest and finest machinery. Several years ago he associated with himself in the business his three sons, L. F., J. O. and W. H. Clore, under the firm name of Joseph Clore & Sons. They have at this time seven acres of ground stacked with valuable lumber. In addition to the mill, is a planing mill of large capacity, and capable of doing all kinds of wood work. Thus, then, after many years of hard toil the old gentleman finds himself the possessor of a handsome fortune, a large and paying business and a family of happy children and grandchildren surrounding him to comfort his old age. For fifty years Mr. Clore has been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, yet at this time, owing to his age and defective hearing, he seldom attends services

The History of Henderson County, Kentucky by Starling 1887 page 758-59;

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