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Clemmons, Nolan M.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 688


Nolan M. Clemmons, secretary of Jones Commercial College, at St. Louis, Missouri, and principal of its department of shorthand and typewriting, is one of Pike county's native sons, who has made a creditable record since starting out in life on his own account. He was born in Montezuma on the 20th of October, 1873, and is a son of Seldon P. and Mary J. (Armstrong) Clemmons. The ancestral history of the family can be traced back in direct line to the time of Cromwell. Gregory Clemmons, the paternal ancestor, was the owner of a large estate in Huntingdonshire, England, and was one of the members of parliament who signed the death warrant of Charles I. Under the protectorate, Cromwell, he was appointed minister to Spain and in Cordova married a Spanish lady. Later he was condemned as a regicide and his estate was confiscated. His brothers afterward fled to America with his widow and children and settled in Virginia, whence branches of the name have gone to all parts of the United States.

Seldon P. Clemmons, father of our subject, was for more than a decade connected with the business life of Milton, Illinois, being one of the first merchants of the town and built there the first brick store. He was also identified for some time with river steamboat navigation and was the owner of the steamer Gem, plying between Peoria and St. Louis. He has for some time been leading a retired life and in 1904 he was stricken with paralysis, since which time he has been a confirmed invalid.

Nolan M. Clemmons acquired his early education in the common schools of his native county. In his sixteenth year he successfully passed the teachers' examination given by the county superintendent of schools, entitling him to a first grade certificate, after pursuing the normal-school course. A short time subsequently he entered the Jones Commercial College at St. Louis, Missouri, where by hard study and close application he was within a comparatively brief period prepared to enter the business world. Accordingly we next find him connected with the Hargardine, McKittrick Dry Goods Company, one of the prominent commercial houses of St. Louis, which he entered as a stenographer, but his connection therewith was brief, owing to the fact that he was recalled to the Jones Commercial College to act as one of its teachers and is now secretary of the school and principal of its department of shorthand and typewriting. He is considered an expert in his line and has become familiar with various systems of stenography in use throughout the world. The success of this department of the school is attributable entirely to his efforts and he has systemized the work and placed it upon a basis so that splendid results are obtained and the students of the school find themselves well equipped for the practical duties which come as they enter actual business life.

On the 27th of June, 1905, at Maplewood, Missouri, Mr. Clemmons was united in marriage to Miss Marie M. Uhrig, a daughter of Stephen and Mary A. Uhrig, the former now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Clemmons have many warm friends, being prominent and popular in the social circles in which they move. He has made thus early his mark in life and it is safe to predict for him an even more successful future.

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