Clare Avery Brakeman & Clarence A. Brakeman
I just discovered that there were two men named C. A. Brakeman!
This is what I know about the guy who married my relative, Jessie May Todd:Jessie married Clare Avery Brakeman in 1878.Clare was born in 1857 in Michigan and he died sometime after 1900 and before 1910.I assumed that Clare was a nickname for Clarence, but now I'm not so sure about that.Clare, or "C. A." was a newspaper editor and publisher and was connected with the Grand Rapids Daily Eagle.The family moved to Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.I don't know who Clare's parents were.
The "other guy" (no apparent relation):
Clarence A. Brakeman, son of John W. and Esther L. (Quackenbush) Brakeman, was born in 1865 in Franklin Co., KY.He attended Michigan Baptist College in Kalamazoo.He subsequently entered the field of journalism and was connected in different capacities with various papers, including the Detroit Free Press, The Humorist, published by the Lime Kiln Club and the Toledo Blade in Toledo, Ohio.Clarence was also a singer and was a member of the celebrated Boston Quartette, and later was connected with the Wilbur Opera Company as a tenor singer.He located in Amity, CO in 1905 and became editor and publisher of the Amity Optimist, published in the interests of the Salvation Army settlement of that place.In 1908 he bought the Gower Enterprise.Mr. Brakeman married, in Iola, KS, Miss Myrtle McCarty.
Terri Mulliken Allen