Perry Hardin Radcliffe 11,16
- Born: 25 Jun 1889, Springfield, , IL, USA 34,41
- Marriage: Alice Mary Greathead (2) on 31 May 1924 in Chicago, Illinois 96
- Died: 16 Jul 1979, Lake Bluff, , IL, USA at age 90 11
- Buried: 13 Nov 1989, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sangamon, IL 63
Served in Co. B 108th Ammunition Train in WWI. Ancient Free & Accepted Mason over 50 years. Served as Christian Science Practitioner for almost 40 years. Birth certificate shows June 25, but Perry always said that he was born on the 21st. Because of some doubt about credentials of the Reverend that performed the first marriage ceremony, Perry and Alice went through a second ceremony on 28 July 1924. Father of Richard Perry Radcliffe. (written by R.P. Radcliffe)
In 1928, Perry and Alice shared a residence with F.L. & Buella Peters (Poters), and T.J. and Mary Walsh.
The 1930 census has Perry, Alice, and mother-in-law Mary Berry Greathead living with them at 6134 Greenwood Ave., Chicago. They rented this home for $100 per month. Had no radio at that point. They also had a Margaret Wood (widow) and Frank Tyrell (a divorced man) living with them -- boarders, I guess. (Sally Packard says Mrs. Wood was Alice's friend. Mr. Tyrell (or Tearle) was just a roomer. They later moved to 3321 West 62nd Street, Chicago and lived there for a very long time.
I remember my grandfather as being a rather quiet, retiring man, maybe detached a bit. He served as our Christian Science practitioner as children and until his passing. At Thanksgiving dinner at their house, each time before he carved the turkey, he would read the President's Proclamation. His voice was rather light and soft, and sandy, punctuated with "Don'tchaknow"'s. The only thing to do at their house was to look at a book about Lincoln. The book they had had a photo of the hanging of those involved with Lincoln's death, and we would look at that picture each time we'd go. My dad, Richard, lived in their unheated attic with his cousin, Alfred John Carter, as a kid for a number of years. It would be fun to go up there and see what was left of their room. It was a long, narrow room with the two sloping ceilings and a tiny window. The room was unpainted as I remember it but it held a trunk of halloween dressup clothes that were fun to pull out, and a WWII model airplane toy. Two Godey prints hung on the wall. We were rarely allowed to go up to the attic, though. The house seemed very old, even as kids. Their carpet was of the victorian style, sewn together strips of low nap wool. The house was filled with very old antiques but they were being used as everyday furniture. The home's kitchen was circa 1920's, as was everything in the house. There was a pantry off the kitchen, too. At Christmas, Grandma hung two wreaths in the dining room windows -- cranberry wreaths made by Dad as a kid, strung on wire. The house's front porch had a wooden swing. We would often sit there if the weather was good.
Grandfather's humor, as I saw it, was often in the form of limerics, which he loved to retell and work into conversations. Once on a visit to our house when I was a teen, however, he said he'd brought some entertainment. He changed into a black and yellow striped shirt (and pants, as I remember) and recited Shakespeare's poem about Where the Bee Sucks. We thought that was the funniest thing we'd ever seen. Grandpa wrote poems and articles for the Christian Science Sentinel. Those are still available at a Reading Room.
Perry's younger years were spent in Springfield, IL, where his father ran a dry good store. His address was 727 N. 7th St. (Sally Packard), the same street as Lincoln's home.
Written by Sally Packard in answer to the question Why was Perry middle named Hardin, after Hardin, KY: The house in Bardstown [KY] where his mother was born belonged to her aunt (Elizabeth, I believe), the wife of Ben Hardin. Richard [Radcliffe, Perry's son] visited the house and had a good time talking to the then owners. Later Harlan and I were in Bardstown and also stopped there. I have some snapshots somewhere of the house. The bricks had been made with slave labor. Burnette Hickman's father was, if I remember rightly, Dr. Hickman, a general practitioner. Aunt Burnette said that when she was born "old Dr. Hickman" neglected to register her birth and she later had difficulty proving her age.
He was a member of the masons. Belle Radcliffe owns his Master Masons card for fifty years of membership, bestowed on 2-17-1970. Member of the Oak Lawn lodge no. 1166.
Sally Packard said her parents were more serious than fun, although I (EWoods) recall Grandpa Perry as having a sense of humor. He often recited "The Cremation of Sam McGee" to Sally, limericks such as "there once was a woman from Decatur who used to go to the theater...", and he would "blow up" his arm muscle to show how strong he was.
Sally also said he liked to travel, an interest he didn't share with Alice. Once he took at tour of the Black Hills without her.
Telephone # at 3321 W. 62nd was Prospect 3504.
Noted events in his life were:
• Alt. Name: Perry H. Radcliff. 41 This is how his certified copy of his birth certificate reads. No "e" on Radcliff.
• Alt. Birth, 21 Jun 1889. 11,37 I think Perry's birthday may have been celebrated on this date, but when he requested a certified copy of his birth record in 1957, the copy that was sent said that his birth date was the 25th. Check out a photo of the birth certificate in the photo box above. On his WWI draft registration, he lists his birthdate as 6-21-1889.
• Residence, Jun 1-1900, 727 N. Seventh St., Springfield. 4,34 Perry was born into this house, according to his birth certificate and the 1900 census, and in 1910 when Perry was 10, he continued to live here with his family and two female boarders, Mable and Maude Richards, age unknown, birthplaces unknown, no occupations listed on the 1900 census.
Looks to have been torn down, according to Google maps, 10-2013.
• Occupation: Clerk in an Office, 19 Apr 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13
• Residence, 19 Apr 1910, 5607 Washington Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 Living at this home was James P., Burnette (wife), Perry (listed as Percy), and Burnette M. (daughter) and a roomer, Mabel Richards.
• Occupation: Plant Foreman, Swift & Co, 5 Jun 1917, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 279
• Physical Description: WWI Registration, 5 Jun 1917, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 280 Brown eyes, black hair, medium build, slender.
• Physical Description: WWI Honorable Discharge papers, 1918. 281 The discharge states, "He had Brown eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion, and was 5 feet 8 inches in height."
• Military Service: U.S. Army, 1 Apr 1918, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 282 Inducted 4-1-1918 as a private serving in first enlistment period at date of discharge. No prior service; never a noncommissioned officer; not rated for marksmanship, gunner qualification or rating; not mounted (horsemanship). Battles, engagement, skirmishes, expeditions: Meuse-Argonne offensive Sept. 26 to Oct. 5, 1918. St. Mihiel offensive with 1st division August 22 - 16 September 1918. Phase with 91st Div. Sept 5- Oct. 5 1918: west Epinonville with 32nd Division. 5-12 1918 Last Phase offensive operations with the 89th Div. 1-11 of Nov.
Knowledge of any vocation: Assistant Superintendant. Wounds received in service: none
Physical condition when discharged: good
Typhoid prophylaxis completed April 4, 1918; Paralyphoid prophylaxis completed April 18, 1918.
Married or single: single
Remarks: stamped with "I certify that a bronze Victory Button has been issued Elsewhere on paper is stamped Approved for Victory Medal with Defensive Sector Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel Also stamped elsewhere is his discharge info from Camp Grant, IL 6-5-1919. Paid in Full $77.30 including Bonus of $60.00 Act of Feb. 24, 1919. (signed) S.H. Francis Captain Quartermaster Corps
(Signed) John J. Fitzsimmons 1st Lieut. Demobilization Group
Transportation issued Jun 5, 1919 Rockford, C.G. There is a photo of his enlistment record in the photo box above.
After the war, Perry couldn't eat any more canned salmon because of all he'd eaten in the military. Sally remembers that Perry crossed the ocean on the ship the City of Puna.
From the book Joseph Radcliff and His Descendants, it says that Perry "enlisted in Co. B, 108 Ammunition Train, A.E.F., 33rd Division, in the World War, sailing from Montreal, Canada, 5-25-1918. He served in the Battles of St. Miehl, Argonne and the Muese. Returning, he landed in New York City, 5-23-1919. He was released from the Army on June 5, 1919.
• Residence, 2 Apr 1918, 5629 Blackstone Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 89 Perry was drafted and left from his home at this address on April 2, 1918.
• Military Discharge, 5 Jun 1919. 87 This is to certify that Perry H. Radcliffe, 2086,683 Private, Co. B 108 Amm. Tr.
The U.S. Army, as a Testimonial of Honest and Faithful Service, is hereby Honorably discharged from the military service of the United States by reason of Convenience of the Government Per Circular 106 W.D. 1918.
Said Perry H. Radcliffe was born in Springfield, in the State of Illinois. When enlisted he was 28-9/12 years of age and by occupation an Ass't Supt.
He had Brown eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion, and was 5 feet 8 inches in height.
Given under my hand at Camp Grant, Illinois, this 5th day of June, one thousand nine hundred and Nineteen.
(signed) Walter J. Fisher
Lieut. Col. F.A. U.S.A.
Commanding There is a photo of the discharge papers in the photo box above.
• Residence, 14 Jan 1920, 5629 Blackstone Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 They were renting. Living at this house was J.P., Burnette (wife), Burnette (daughter), and Perry Radcliffe.
• Occupation: Foreman at a Packing Company, 14 Jan 1920, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 14 He was living with his parents and sister Burnette.
• Occupation: Insurance business, 1924, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 16
• Occupation: Stockyard Paymaster for Swift & Co. 4
• Residence, 1924, 1423 E. 60th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 16
• Residence, Jan 1926, 6111 Kimbark Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. This information comes from a Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. receipt of premium payment dated 1-15-1926. Spelled his name with an "e" at the end of Radcliffe.
• Occupation: worked for Silver Cup Bread Co. during depression, 1929-, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 4 Sally said Perry worked on Fulton Street at some time. Is that where Silver Cup Bread Co. was? The company still exists, located at 2883 S. Hillock Ave., near the Bridgeport neighborhood. Silvercup Bread was the first sponsor for the Lone Ranger radio series.
• Occupation: Salesman, meat packing company, 16 Apr 1930. 3
• Residence, May 1935, 6128 Campbell, Chicago, Cook, IL. This info is from a receipt from Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. listing Perry's name, address, premium, due date of premium, etc., from the era when they would tear out the form and submit payment monthly. The date received is 5-20-1935.
• Residence: Apartment, moved out around 1936, 62nd & Campbell, Chicago, Cook, IL. 4,283
• Residence, 16 Apr 1930, 6134 Greenwood Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 3 They were renting, paying $90 per month. Living at this apartment were Richard Sally, Perry, Alice, Mary B. Greathead, Margaret J. Wood (Grandma Alice's friend), and Frank L. Tyrell. This looks as though it were an apt. building because many other names appear at this address as well, but all these people seem to be sharing this apartment. It's probably the apt. that Sally Packard spoke of, having moved out around 1936.
• Residence, from 1936 until July 8, 1977, 3321 W. 62nd St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 6,98,284 Purchased the home for $4500. Sold the house for $29,113.80. See photo box above for a copy of the paperwork on the home's purchase with a different purchase price listed.
In the 1940 census, at this address were: Perry (listed as Harry), wife Alice; daughter Sally; son Richard; mother-in-law Mary Greathead; Louisa Carter, sister-in-law; and Alfred, nephew.
• Residence, 12 Apr 1940, 3321 W. 62nd St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 6 Living here are "Harry" (Perry) as head, wife Alice, children Sally and Richard, Mary Greathead, sister-in-law Louisa Carter, and Louisa's son Alfred.
• Occupation: First Reader, Christian Science Church, 12 Apr 1940, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 6
• Physical Description, 27 Apr 1942. 139 5'8" tall, brown eyes, black and gray hair, dark complexion, 145 lbs. Frances P. Gustafson was the registrar. Is that Belle & Richard's 3rd grade teacher -- the one who they bought the cottage from in Michigan? We believe so.
• Occupation: Christian Science Practioner, 1939 - 1970's, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 1,87,139 Not only was he a Journal-listed CS practioner, he also wrote articles and poems for the Christian Science periodicals.
He's listed as "public practice Christian Science" on his WWII registration card. His office was listed as 8 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
• Organizations: Master Mason for over 50 years. 87
• Residence: Apt. #12: 522 Roberts Dr., Glenwood, Cook, IL. 1,7
• Hobbies: Liked to play cribbage with Alice. 1,4
• Death. A copy of his death certificate is shown in the photo box.
• Cemetery: Oak Ridge Cemetery: Springfield, Sangamon County, IL. 1 Perry was cremated, his ashes buried in the Radcliffe plot at Oak Ridge.
Perry married Alice Mary Greathead (2), daughter of Alfred John Greathead and Mary Louisa (Molly) Berry, on 31 May 1924 in Chicago, Illinois.96 (Alice Mary Greathead (2) was born on 2 Jun 1892 in Chicago, Cook County, IL,11,53 died on 10 Sep 1989 in Westmont, IL 11 and was buried on 3 Nov 1989 in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sangamon, IL 63.)
Note there is a photo of the marriage certificate in the photo box.