Sanford Clow and
Nell McElfresh Clow
Lamar, Missouri
by David Clow
Irvin Clow, Sanford Clow and Earl Clow
Farmervillie, Illinois
Sanford Clow
and his children
Harold, Jay and Dolly
From an Album Page of Sanford and Nell Clow
1940 Christmas and the Sanford Clow Family
Sanford Clow and his handbuilt race car...
Sanford and Nell Clow 1940
Sanford Clow and grandson David Clow 1940
Nell Clow and her children Dolly, Harold and Jay
Sanford Clow and
Nell McElfresh Clow…
to Barton County, Missouri

After meeting at a dance Sanford and Nell started dating, Sanford would ride the train to Waggoner from Farmersville, or rent a horse and buggy from the livery stable.   As Grandma was telling the story, she laughed, and told a story that one night when they had left the buggy for awhile and some boys turned the horses loose, the train had already left for the evening so Sanford had to walk the six or eight miles home.

On February 17, 1914 SANFORD JOSEPHUS CLOW and NELLIE BLY McELFRESH were married in Springfield, Illinois.   NELL was born December 17, 1892.  

Nell was the daughter of THOMAS GARRISON McELFRESH he was born January 16, 1857 in Ohio, her mother was MARY ELIZABETH BANDY born January 2, 1879 in Montgomery County Illinois.   Mary was the daughter of Louis Bandy and Margaret Blue Bandy.    Nell’s brothers and sisters were Birdie McElfresh born Aug. 15, 1879, he died March 10, 1907.   Dove Alice McElfresh born October 2, 1880.   Madgedelen McElfresh, born Aug. 8, 1882.   Ralph Roy McElfresh born April 13, 1884, he died Oct. 28, 1886.   Mary Grace McElfresh born Aug. 7, 1886.   Charles Walter McElfresh, born May 16, 1888 and Opal McElfresh born January 15, 1899.

Sanford and Nell later moved to Deepwater, Missouri, then to
Appleton City, Missouri and in 1922 Moved to Lamar, Missouri

Having worked on several of the first automobiles that arrived on the american scene
from 1915 to 1920, Sanford and Nell Clow bought an Oil Station at the corner
of 10th and Poplar streets in Lamar.   He repaired many of the first cars that came to Lamar,
towed them out of the muddy ditches and filled their tanks with gas.   After some
health problems he went to work for Three Brothers Auto Parts of Lamar as an outside salesman.   Sanford died the last of December 1940

Nell continued to live on 9th Street between Gulf and Broadway, and worked
as an assistant to Dr. McNally many years.   She later worked for Earle Williams
when he owned the Ben Franklin Store and then retired from the Electric Bakery all on the
westside of the square in Lamar.

Nell loved her card games, her gardens and the flowers she raised around her home.
She died in Lamar January 1986.   Both she and Sanford are buried in Lake Cemetery, Lamar 

Children of Sanford and Nell Clow were Harold, Jay and Dolly.

Children of Harold and Lucille Clow
David, Don and Connie

Jay and Maxine Clow

Dolly and Wilson Duncan
Harold and Lucille Clow, Dolly and Diddy Duncan, Jay and Maxine Clow and Nell Mcelfresh Clow
More old Photos
Sanford, Harold and Nell
Sanford, Harold, Dolly,
Sanford Clow and Harold
Mathias Parker Clow and Nettie Cauby Clow… was Sanford's father and Mother, both from Montgomery County and Macoupin Counties of Illinois

MATHIAS PARKER CLOW was the first child to be born to Sanford and Elizabeth Clow in December 1859, followed by John in 1863, Carrie in 1869, then Eddy, named after Sanford's father, in 1873, Emily in 1874, and last Lucilla in 1875.   From birth records we know that they were living in the Virden, Ill by 1873.   In 1905 Sanford Clow died and was buried in the Virden cemetery, Macoupin County.   Elizabeth lived another eleven years and died April 24, 1916 she's buried alongside Sanford.  

Mathias grew up helping his father work the farm but was probably the first of the Clows to break from farming as a livelihood.  

On June 22, 1883 he married NETTIE AMELIA CAUBY (her family also lived in the areas of Virden, Girard, and Farmersville.)   They had six children, three dying as infants.   SANFORD JOSEPHUS CLOW, my Grandfather, was the first born on June 28, 1887, the second child was Earl, followed by Irvin in 1891,  (a twin of Irvin died at birth.)   Mathias at the time of the twins' birth was working as teamster or muleskinner.   By 1894 and the birth their 5th child Nettie, who also died, Mathias was back in the farming business.   With the birth of Verna in 1896 he was working as a Policeman in Farmersville, he was 37 years of age.  

One year later, March 30 1897, almost to the week, Mathias Parker Clow died from a stroke at the young age of 38.   Sanford would have his 10th birthday the following June.

Mathias was buried in the Girard, Illinois cemetery.   On one of my visits to photograph the head stone was told by the groundskeeper that there was no stone or marker for Mathias Clow.  His records identified the cemetery section but no exact plot could be pinpointed.   He informed me that his father was grounds keeper before him and he could remember as a young man when he first helped with the mowing, that many of the graves were marked with wooden markers.  As the years passed, and if family members didn't replace them with stone markers, the exact plot locations were eventually lost.  

Nettie Cauby Clow, after the death of her husband Mathias, went to work supporting her family of four, the oldest, Sanford, nine years old, and Verna, the youngest at one.   The two in between were Earl and Irvin.   After the death of his father Sanford became man of the house.   Even at the age of nine or ten he helped his mother earn money for the family.

I have a photo of Sanford, my Grandfather, as a boy 10 to 12 years of age, setting on the seat of a wagon, team hitched and a dry goods store in the background.   This could very will have been Mathias' team in Farmersville, he may have worked as a teamster like his father.   He worked in the coal mine and had several part-time jobs.  

Sanford and Verna liked to play musical instruments, and they played with the local band at dances.   Sanford played drums and Verna played the piano, they played by ear, which designated some musical sort of talent.   It was at one of these dances that he met my Grandmother NELLIE BLY MC ELFRESH of Waggoner, a small town south of Farmersville

Nettie Cauby Clow, Sanford's mother, somewhere along the way met an older man, as the story goes married him but kept it a secret from the kids.   After Sanford and Nell were married Nettie announced that she too had gotten remarried and that she now owned a small farm in Missouri, near the town of Deepwater.   She told Sanford that she planned to move there with Irvin and Verna and wished that Sanford and Nell would come with them.   She was sure that the farm could make enough for two families and it would be a lot better if the family could stay together.   After some thought and discussion, they agreed.

It was decided that she, Sanford and Irvin would take the household goods and furniture on the train and Nell and Verna could follow in a week after they got the furniture moved in and the house set up.