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Clarence W. Sumner


Posted By: Connie Swearingen- Volunteer (email)
Date: 4/29/2016 at 22:02:44

Northwestern Iowa
1804 1926

Clarence W. Sumner, who made a splendid record in the capacity of librarian at the Sioux City public library from 1917 until 1926 filled the position of city librarian at Youngstown, Ohio, since the 15th of October of the latter year. He was born at Noblesville, Indiana, on the 2nd of May, 1885, and comes of English and French lineage. He completed a high school course in his native town by graduation with the class of 1904 and subsequently matriculated in the University of Missouri, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1909.

Clarence W. Sumner began library work when a youth of nineteen years as assistant in the Earlham College library at Richmond, Indiana, where he thus served from 1904 until 1907. During the succeeding four years he was assistant at the University of Missouri library in Columbia, Missouri, while from 1911 until 1917 he was librarian at the State University of North Dakota and Grand Forks. As above indicated, he next served as city librarian at the Sioux City public library of Sioux City, Iowa, for a period covering nine years, and since October 15, 1926, has been city librarian at Youngstown, Ohio.

On the 25th of December, 1916, in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Sumner was united in marriage to Miss Florence Gillette, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William J. Gillette, of that city.

They are the parents of a son, Clarence W. Sumner, Jr., who is now nine years of age.

During the period of the World War Mr. Sumner rendered civilian service as camp librarian at Camp Cody, New Mexico. He was born of Quaker parents but since his marriage has attended the services of the Presbyterian Church. His course has been an upright and honorable one in every relation and the circle of his friends is very wide.


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