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Title: The Klemm Family
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According to historical legend, two young men, by the name of Klemm, namely Johann Conradt and his cousin, Johann David Klemm, were residents of Holland or the Country known as Prussia. They were approached by the King of Prussia to go to the new country, the United States of America and raise tobacco for him for a period of seven years. The king would give them each 700 acres of land in the State of Virginia.

They came to the new country in 1747 in the ship Restauration and were successful in their new enterprise, married and established homes there.

Historians believe that we "Clems" as descendants of Johann Conradt Klemm, the name Klemm was change to "Clem".

Johann was changed to John and he married a girl who was the grand-daughter of oa native Indian. Her name was "Susannah". She is buried in Gopher Hill Cemetery. Four sons were buried side by side, Henry, Samuel, Michael, and Levi. They were grown men when they died. Henry was my great-grandfather. One of his sons, Abraham, was my grand-father. He was born in Butler County, Ohio, May 21, 1826 and died February 28, 1905.

When I was almost four years old, my grandmother, Margaret Ann Clem, passed away. The family had a closed sale of her property. The only ones at the sale were her eight children. My father, Louis, bought a horse named Moll.

My father, brother and I were on our way to Johnsonville to buy groceries using old Moll hitched to a buggy. Over the hill appeared a red 2 cylinder automobile which scared old Moll. She backed up leaning on the shafts of the buggy. Alex Hamar, tile factory owner in West Lebanon was on his way to Danville. Old Moll was petrified. My father pulled me away before she broke the harness and fell on the buggy.

Another experience is traveling to West Lebanon High School during 1917-1921. My brother, Louis, and I walked two miles to Johnsonville where we boarded the train. We walked another half mile after arriving at the West Lebanon depot to get to the High School. My last year of High School I drove a Model-T Ford.

In 1917, during World War I, in the early fall, an airplane was Chanute Air Force Base ran out of fuel halfway between West Lebanon and Williamsport along what is now State Road 28. The pilot landed in a field, then a ditch, and broke the wooden propeller. They let school out so we could see the airplane. The pilot was sage. Louis and I went back by way of horse and buggy. We then left the wreck site to walk back to Williamsport to catch the train to go home.

A small restaurant just north of the Funeral Home in West Lebanon was owned and run by a German named Boshce. He sold ham snadwiches for a nickel. Cadwallers in the main part of town sold ham sandwiches for a dime. They were on a fresh bakery bun. I usually could afford the nickel one, my father alloted only so much spending money each week.

Date: 9/1/1989
Origin: Backward Glances
Author: Paul Clem
Record ID: 00000132
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
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Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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