Fred A. Clawson
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
FRED A. CLAWSON, one of the representative citizens of Loramie township, residing in section 6, carries on general farming and owns a valuable tract of eighty acres, lying in the Mills special school district. He was born January 19, 1872, in Cynthian township, Shelby county, and is a son of William and Rachel Ann Clawson. William Clawson was born
also in Cynthian township and for many years was a farmer there but now lives retired at Oran, O. His wife is deceased. Of the eight children two sons died, one in infancy, and the other at the age of nineteen years.
Fred A. Clawson attended school near Newport, in Cynthian township, and afterward assisted his father until his marriage, when he came to his present home farm, which is situated three miles northwest of Houston. This property was formerly known as the Houser farm and for seven years he rented it and then purchased. On his farm he has made many improvements, it being tiled and the buildings put in order, and as his land is well adapted, to dairying he keeps many cows and makes this quite a feature of his operations. He is one of the busy and prosperous men of this section, is widely known and has both business and personal friends among his fellow citizens.
Mr. Clawson was married in 1894 to Miss Clara May Charpiat, who was born in Cynthian township, a daughter of Peter and Emma Charpiat, residents of Newport, O., and they have had five children, namely: Elfa Mercella, Pearl Marie, Charles Edward, William Peter and Waldo, the eldest born being deceased. Mrs. Clawson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, which Mr. Clawson attends and to which he gives a liberal support. He has always been identified with the democratic party and formerly served in the office of constable while living in Cynthian township, and in 1910-1911 was township assessor and for several years was a member of the board of education and its clerk, of the Mills special school district He was a candidate for county commissioner in 1912, on the democratic ticket, and was defeated at the primary by so small a majority that he believes that when he again becomes a candidate the democrats of Shelby county will nominate him for this office.