Clarice and Bradley Witte at their wedding 1938
photo collection of Elroy Christenson
Clarice Christenson Witte History
Daughter of Pete Christenson
Clarice Pernella Christenson
b. 24 Nov 1911 Heichman Ranch, Jonesboro, Hamiton Co, TX
d. 7 Apr 1999 Christus St. Joseph Hospital, Paris, TX [SS Death Index]
buried: April 10, 1999 at 2:00 pm St Olaf's Lutheran Rock Church, Norse, Bosque Co., TX
m. Alton Bradley Witte 26 Jun
1938 - (div. Sep 1960)
b. 6 Nov 1914 probably in Bosque Co., TX
d. 12 Jan.1999 TX*
buried: Boggy Cem., Cranfills Gap, Bosque Co., TX
his father: Alvin David Witte (24 AUG 1888--27 FEB 1955)*
his mother: Lela Adams (06 MAR 1891--22 FEB 1980)*
his 2nd m. Zona White Shannon about 1965
|Linnell Gail Witte||b. 7 Apr 1942 St. Paul's Hosp., Dallas, TX||d.||1m. Lloyd Dale Allen 4 Sept 1960 G. P., TX (div. 1968)
one child, Nedra Ann Allen b. 1961.
2m. Glenn Irwin Bower ? Sept 1969- (no issue)
|Joe Bradley Witte||b. 31 July 1943 St. Paul's Hosp., Dallas, TX|| d. 7 AUG 1999 Lewisville, Denton Co., TX*
buried: Boggy Cem., Cranfills Gap, TX
| m. Virginia "Ginny" Lynn Davis -- Chicago, IL
(b. 5 Dec 1948 d. 16 Mar 2015 Savannah, GA of a battle with cancer)
Clarice went to Dallas, TX to attend nursing school at St. Paul's Hospital graduating as a registered nurse. She wrote "Work was scarce as the Depression was at its worst so I went to Rochester, Minnesota, to seek my fortune. I had many private duty cases for world famous Mayo Brothers at hospitals associated with their clinic. Later I did post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota and University of Texas at Arlington."
Clarice and Bradley, although born and raised around Cranfills Gap, TX. moved to various locals around the United States seeking work. During WWII Bradley went to Gary, Indiana to work for US Steel with the Christenson kin. Before the war was over Bradley and Clarice moved back to Texas. [Violet Christenson]
Clarice and Bradley follow other friends and relatives to West
Texas where he works in the oil fields. Bradley and
Chris Christenson worked for Cody and Teague Steam Service.
The trucks would have to go out to oil lines often in the coldest
weather to pump steam down into the oil lines to melt the parafin
to get the oil to flow. They would sometimes be gone for
days while the women tied down things at home. The need for
aircraft workers and the hope for better working conditions drove
them to move.
Around 1950 Clarice's sister and brother leave for Grand Prairie
to work in the aircraft industry. They bought a house only two
blocks from Chris Christenson and about 10 blocks from Marie
Reesing, her sister. Other relatives moved nearby over the next
few years. [EC]
These are photos of Linnell and Elroy in West Texas. The right/bottom picture was taken at the McElroy Ranch in Crane Co., where Violet and Chris had worked. photos in the collection of Elroy Christenson
They moved into the Grand Prairie to work for Chance/Vought
Aircraft Co (later named Ling Temco Vought). Bradley apparently
worked in electronics, Herman Reesing was more administrative,
Chris Christenson worked for building maintenance.
Bradley and Clarice bought a farm near Cranfills Gap which they worked on the weekends. At one point Bradley commuted almost daily the 150 mile one way trip from the farm to Grand Prairie. During one summer plowing season, Joe Bradley, at about the age of six, had been sitting on the hood of the Ford tractor and fell off under the rear tire. Fortunately, the soil had just been turned and was soft enough to absorb his head without injury. It was fortunate that he didn't go under the plow.
After moving to Grand Prairie, my
parents bought a house on the edge of a very large housing
development at 506 Clarice St.. It was only two block,
ironically, from my aunt Clarice and my cousins, Linnell and
Joe. As kids of 11 to 6 years we used to ride around
the new housing development on the same bicycle
barefooted. We caught fireflies and played hid-n-seek
in the warm summer nights. We explored and left our names in
the foundations and sidewalks of unnumbered houses after the
contractors left for the day. We also had quite a
party one evening after they had finished paving the street
about a block from the house with about 8 inches of sloopy
concrete. My sister, Linnell, Joe and I left a lot of foot
prints and trails in the extremely wet concrete
intersection. We had to wash our legs and feet off
that evening before we went into the house. I'll bet
they cursed us the next day. The patches and repairs
are still visible. We never told a soul what we did until
just now. [remembrance of Elroy Christenson 2014]
Clarice continued to be a private registered nurse for about 35 years of her life. She was a member of the Arlington Gem and Mineral Club. She loved to travel and made several trips with her brother Jake and her sister Ann. She did oil painting as a hobby and generally enjoyed having a good time. [obituary]
She lived by herself in Grand Prairie until her memory problems
became so severe that she was no long able to take care of
herself. She lived with her daughter in Paris, Texas in the last
few years and dealt with progressively worsening Alzheimer's
disease symptoms. [obituary April 9, 1999]
1961, June 15 - Nedra Ann Allen is born to Linnell and Lloyd
Allen.. Linnell had no other children. Nedra had three
marriages but no children by any.
|Child of Linnell Witte and L.
| Nedra Allen
|| b. 15 June 1961
||1m. (no issue)
2m. (no issue)
3m. (no issue)
1969, Sep - Linnell marries Glenn Bowers. Glenn was a
machinist for many years with Collins Radio where he made parts
for the radar mechanism. He also had been auto
mechanic and set up his own machine shop in his barn.
He worked on the side for the Merico Bakery which had some
sophisticated Swiss made equipment. He would help
keeping the company running by going in after hours, removing
broken parts and replacing them with his machined parts. The
company was eventually bought out by Sara Lee with whom he also
In his free time he built and ran drag racers. Linnell and Glenn had a front engine racers, then a rear engine drag racer and eventually an alchohol powered "funny car". They raced locally as well as in Houston, Arkansas, and Atlanta.
1999- April 7 - Clarice Christenson Witte dies of "cardio
vascular accident" and is buried in the Rock Church Cemetery near
Cranfills Gap, Texas. [death certificate]
Clarice Christenson Witte, RN 87 of Caviness, formerly of Grand Prairie, died Wednesday, Aprl 7, 1999, at Christus St. Joseph's Hospital. Services will be at 2 pm. Saturday, April 10, at St. Olaf' Lutheran Rock Church in Norse, Texas, under the direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. The Rev. Arthur Goetz will officiate and burial will in Rock Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7-8 pm Friday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Witte was born Nov 24, 1911, in Cranfills Gap, Bosque County, Texas, to Pete and Cora Rohne Christenson. She was an alumnus of St. Paul's Nursing School in Dallas, an Associate with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and served as a registered nurse in Dallas area for 35 years. She was a member of the Arlington Gem and Mineral Club and also enjoyed painting very much.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Linnell Witte and Glen Bowers of Caviness; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe Bradley and Ginny Witte of Lewisville; two grandchildren, Nedra Allen of Blossom and Kirt Witte of Frisco; three step-grandchildren, David Bowers of Paris, Joe Bowers of Paris, and Andy Bowers of Paris; one great -grandchild, ----------- Witte of Frisco; two sisters, Marie Reesing of Clifton and Ann Wrenn of Deland, Fla.; and two brothers, J. B. Christenson of Terrell and Burton Christenson of Seymour. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Emory, Chris, and Leldon Christenson.
Joe Witte in Army uniform
Fort Pack, Louisiana
Joe and "Ginny" Witte
Joe Bradley had learned electronic communications in the
military and spent most of his career in the communications
field. Joe works for Western Electric which was sold to
Southwest Bell. Under this company he installed phone
switching equipment. While in Rochester, New York he meets
and married his wife "Ginny". In another company switch he works
for General Electric and spent at least eighteen months working in
Germany on the military bases installing equipment that operated
"the red phones" for the President of the United States
communications. He continued working around the country
installing high tech equipment. [interview with Linnell Bowers.
He dies after long bout of heart problems in August
1999. His technical abilities was passed on to his son Kirt
who becomes a nationally recognized photographer and computer
|Child of Joe Witte and Virginia "Ginny" Lynn Davis|
| Kirt Bradley Witte
|| b. about 1962
||1m. Heather - wife of many years
1999, Aug 7 - Joe Bradley Witte dies.
As a thank you letter to those that remembered him, his son Kirt Bradley Witte sends out a letter with his thoughts.
"I just have few things I want to tell you about my father:
He had one son - Kirt Witte who is a professor of SCAD 3D Visual Effects Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Graduated with a BFA from Sam Houston State University in 1991 in photography and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, 2005.
Kirt Witte is co-author and illustrator, St. Patrick's Day in Savannah,
Pelican Publishing Co., 1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA
Kirt Witte, author and commissioned photo book, "Gardens of Savannah", with 120 of his photos. Twilight Publishers Inc., 2012
photo courtesy of Kirt Witte web site
|Child of Kirt Witte and Heather
|(son) Witte|| b. about 1998
||m. Heather - wife of many years
Pete Christenson | Emroy Christenson | Marie Christenson | Clarice Christenson | Chris M. Christenson | Ane Christenson | Jacob Christenson
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