Clara Alice Dexter

Clara Alice Dexter
b. 2 February 1886, Morocco, Newton County, Indiana, to David Austin and Anne Marier (Howell) Dexter, Jr.
d. 28 March 1969, Pratt, Pratt County, Kansas

m. before 1903
Joseph Marion Swiger
b. 15 November 1877, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, to John and Sarah (Harvey) Swiger

Children with Joseph Marion Swiger:
• Barbara Ellen (1903-1984) married (1) Russell Chester Miller, (2) Newton Vincent Smith, (3) James Bodkins
• Margarete May (1904-1979) married Edward Joseph Hartke
• Lawrence Elmer (1907-1977) married Gertrude Peo
• Daisy Lorena (b. 1907) married Harold Edward Millard
• Jennie Blanch (1909-1998) married (1) Chester Bert Zimmerman, (2) Leo Stanley Owxzarski
• Sarah Evelena (1911-1994) married (1) Harry Novak, (2) Jesse Frank Odle
• Joseph Willferd (1914-1966) married (1) Irma May Walker, (2) Betty Lou Gunn
• Beatrice Louella (b. 1916) married Orran Zerber
• Benjamin Willard (1919-1961) married Marjorie Harris
• Florence Elizabeth (b. 1924) married Garl Figgins
• Mary Louise (b. 1931) married (1) Russell W. Vernard, (2) Denzil Patrick

The family lived in Tippecanoe, Lake, LaPorte, and Newton counties in Indiana. Clara left Michigan City after 1944. At the time of her death, she lived next door to her daughter Barbara. Joseph’s whereabouts after 1927 are unknown. Clara was granted a legal separation from Joseph on 3 April 1926 in LaPorte County. The divorce was granted 18 January 1927 in the same county. She was called Alice, her middle name, until after the divorce, when she began using Clara.

Submitted by:
Betty Odle Ramsey
Batesville AR
E-mail: homes@ipa.net

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