Clara Fowler was born August 17,
1882 in Hebron, Nebraska. She was the youngest of nine children of
James and Jennie Fowler. Clara's mother died when she was
4 years old and Clara was raised by her older sister, Hattie
Jane Lindsey and her husband, Samuel. Hattie and Samuel had
an instant family when they were married because they were
married the same year that Clara came to live with them. It's
not certain where Hattie and Samuel met, but they moved to
New Mexico sometime after they were married. Taos, New Mexico
happens to be the area where the famous Kit Carson resided
and was buried. Clara's grandfather, Benjamin Fowler, married Nancy Carson and it' s possible that she was related to Kit
Carson, however a connection has yet to be verified.
Ira and Clara
were married on June 6, 1898 in Tres Piedras, Taos Co., New Mexico. He was
19 years old, and Clara was 16 years old at the time of their marriage.
I was told that Clara was madly in love with Ira and was very excited to
begin her new life, traveling the country with Ira as he built new roads
with his crew.
Clara was very active in the community where
she and Ira settled in about 1912. The beautiful Alexander Valley in
Sonoma County, California became their home until they moved into the
nearest town, Geyserville, in about 1935. William, their youngest son,
recalls this was the first time they enjoyed the benefits of electricity and
indoor plumbing. While living in the Valley, Ira ran his team of
horses and his crew, building many roads in the county. Clara helped
by providing meals for the crew, among other services. She developed
the ability to nurse others back to health, and was called upon by neighbors
to assist them when their family members were ill or injured. She was
an active member of the local Rebeckah's Lodge and participated in many
functions and events. Clara and Ira lived in Geyserville until their
health and age required them to move in with their youngest son, William, in
the early 1960's.