Irons, Clifford Harry

Male 1907 - 1988  (80 years)


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  • Name Irons, Clifford Harry 
    Born 24 Apr 1907  Hewitt Todd Co Mn Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Feb 1988 
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    • According to Melvin Irons, Clifford left home at the age of about 14 years. He left the Oak Valley area about 1920 with his cousin Harold Irons and they worked together on a threshing crew in Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. He also said they stayed in Wyoming for a short time and worked as "Cowboys". Harold and Cliff later returned to Adelphi, Iowa and had a little garage where they worked on Ford Model T's and other cars. Clifford also worked in Iowa husking corn with his cousins, Floyd, Lester, and Hjalmer Irons. After Clifford retired from farming, he used to love to go to farm and cattle auction sales and "flea markets", I think to mostly visit with old friends and look for any "good junk". When I was to small to stay home alone at night and my parents went out, I would spend the night at my grandparents' house. My grandpa cliff and I would play checkers. He was the best, I hardly ever beat him, unless he let me win. He taught me a little saying too that I guess he had taught his sons also. He used to say that with it you could challenge someone in a race to count to one hundred. It goes like this, "Ten, ten, double ten, forty-five, fifteen". We would also watch television, one of his favorite things to watch were boxing matches. He used to jab and punch the air with his fists as if he were going a few rounds with the opponent himself. When he was a young man, back in the 1930's, Wrightstown, Minnesota used to be a lively place. There was a large dance hall and meeting place in town and he told me that on the second floor, men from the area would come on Saturday nights and visit and they also would have bouts of friendly boxing. My dad always told me that he can remember grandpa Cliff as being "tough as nails". I guess he was a pretty good boxer, as he even showed me a few moves too when I was in my teens. He told me a story once about one time when he was at the dance hall, a fellow wanted to box him, so he put on the gloves and started to fight. Well, it turns out the other fellow threw a "rabbit punch" and hit Cliff behind his ear on the back of his head. He was dizzy only for a second though and it must have made him really mad because Cliff came right back full bore and hit the other guy with a couple of combinations with one punch nearly shaving one of the fellow's sideburns right off and another hit square on the chin that was so hard, the guy flipped right over backwards! The other man scrambled quickly to his feet, tore off his gloves and exclaimed to the crowd, "That's enough! That Irons is too tough for me I find that as I start writing this entry on February 7, 1999; it has been eleven years since my grandpa Cliff's death. I remember seeing him for the last time about 2 weeks earlier. My parents and I were up visiting him, my grandmother and my uncle, Gene who lived with them. Grandpa and I were talking together on the sofa and we got into a conversation about how he had been feeling lately, (a few months ago he had a bout with the "Shingles"). I remember talking about something to do with either my graduating from high school that year, or something and I asked him if he would be able to make to the event. He said, "Well, I'd like to live to be one hundred, but I don't think I'm going to make it,". What he told me then looking back now has affirmed my faith in heaven and that I think some people do indeed know when they are going to die. I don't think I'll ever forget the day he died. It was cold outside that day, (below zero). My girlfriend at the time, Wendy and I were sitting on the sofa in my parents' house watching a movie and my parents had just gone outside to the barn to do the evening chores and milk the cows. For some reason of fate, they told me that I didn't have to help with chores that night. Anyway about 6:30 PM, the telephone rang, and it was grandma Inez, crying and talking hysterically and out of breath, I remember her telling me to tell Jerry that something's wrong with Cliff, he wasn't breathing and he fell down on the living room floor. So I ran out to the barn in my stockings, no coat either and told Dad the news, he dropped what he was doing and pulled off his coveralls and jumped in his car and drove up to their house. I went back out to the barn after he left and Wendy and I helped Mom finish up the chores as fast as we could. Then the three of us took my car and went up to their house too. By the time we got there though, the ambulance had already taken him away. The rest of that night, my uncle Marlin and most of his family and us spent the evening sitting in shock and grieving our loss. At least one comforting thought is that he died at home, in the company of his family.
    Person ID I18263  Hougham
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2005 

    Father Irons, Percy Benjamin
              b. 15 Jul 1884, Sittingbourne Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 23 May 1972, Wadena Wadena Co Mn Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Horner, Cora Ellen
              b. 23 Mar 1884, Faribault Rice Co Mn Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 May 1959, Wesley Hospital Wadena Mn Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 13 Dec 1905  Deer Creek Mn Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6641  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Peterson, Inez Elvina
              b. 12 Oct 1910
              d. 2 Jun 1996  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1931  Wadena Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Irons, Eugene Henry
              b. 11 Sep 1934
              d. 19 Sep 1996  (Age 62 years)
    +2. Living
    +3. Living
     4. Living
    Family ID F6746  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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