Tipp City Herald

February 16, 1972 

CLAWSON, CARL JOINTER - Zion Lutheran Church Services This Afternoon for Tipp Native Carl 'Jointer" Clawson - A portion of Tipp City history ended on Saturday with the death of Carl Jointer Clawson.  Jointer, who was so sure he was going to get well, finally fell victim to cancer at the age of 73; he died in Dettmer Hospital.  Born in 1899, the son of George and Ada Snyder Clawson, his roots were firmly embedded in Monroe Township, as his parents and his father's parents were natives of the area.  Jointer was educated in Tipp City schools and his only other job was with Amole soap company.  In 1939 he purchased a confectionery store in the middle of the block between Main and Dow Streets on Fifth.  The store had belonged to his in-laws Mr. and Mrs. Charles Linn.  Jointer operated the combined store and bus station until 1962 when because of failing health he gave up the business.  The store was a gathering place not only for students but adults as well, and the number of Cokes that passed over that counter are beyond estimate.  Often times dished up with the Coke was a little of that "Jointer philosophy" as he was the king of man who always seemed to say the right thing at the right time.  Jointer was always involved in athletics, he played basketball in high school and when the team was suspended for a rule violation, they went right on playing in their THS uniforms, changing their name to the Tippecanoe High Standards.  Jointer also played semi-pro ball for the Triangles and a Troy team.  His love of athletics and men who make athletes made him a loyal follower and supporter of Tipp City teams through the years, so much so, that the new baseball diamond at the high school was dedicated to him at Thanksgiving time. 


His survivors include his wife Stella, who spent 41 years of her life as a teacher, eleven of them in the Tipp City school system; a brother Clarence of Tipp City; nephews and nieces; and a host of friends.  Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Zion Lutheran Church where he was a member for 50 years.  The Rev. Don Bridinger and the Rev. E. L. Parrish will officiate.  Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery.  Pall bearers are all former or present Tipp City coaches: James Welbaum and Alkie Richards of Troy, James Blasingame of Lima, Terry Heater of Findlay, Marvin Wilhelm of Oxford, Jack Prater of Greenville and John Whitehouse and Ernie Simpson of Tipp City.  Honorary pall bearers will be a delegation of athletes from Tippecanoe high school.  Contributions can be made to Miami Citizens Bank - The Clawson Field Athletic Fund.  

Editorial - A true and good man - If you were among the many who called Jointer Clawson "friend" then you were privileged to know a true and good man.  For Jointer was that wonderful kind of human being who always had time to listen.  His interest in the schools leaned toward athletics, but he was sensitive to the joys and sorrows of all of the students and teachers.  Each new coach that came to Tipp City soon found a friend and "sounding board" in Jointer Clawson.  Over the years Jointer was honored by the various coaching staffs.  In 1968, so the gold plaque that hangs in his kitchen says, he was recognized for 50 years of loyal support.  Next to that gold plaque is a more recent one from 1970 that says "To Jointer Clawson for appreciation and participation the the Tipp City Athletic Program".  And most recently at Thanksgiving time, that wonderful dedication of the new baseball field.  My recall of Jointer is of the soft spoken, patient man that stood behind a glass counter and waited and waited while that small child made up his mind just which piece of penny candy he wanted; of the tall easy moving man that you could see most any day sweeping the walk or just sitting on his porch at the corner of Fifth and Dow; and perhaps most of all, of the big man as he sat on the sidelines of an athletic event giving verbal and moral support to the teams and coaches he loved.          BBH

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