Frank McClellan
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Frank Earl McClellan (abt. 1886 - 1958)

Frank Earl "Red" McClellan
Born about in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 14 Dec 1907 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Father of [private son (1910s - 2000s)], [private son (1910s - 1970s)] and [private son (1920s - 2010s)]
Died at about age 72 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United Statesmap
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Frank was a middle son. Art was younger and John was older.

He was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa.

His father disappeared when he was just 11 or 12 years old.

According to Joyce (Freestone) McClellan, "Frank used to tell about learning how to swim after jumping from the railroad bridge into the Des Moines River. Sink or swim must have been the system!"

At about 14, he lied about his age to enlist in army towards the end of Spanish-American War (Philippine Insurrection); probably 1899-1900. He was assigned to a cavalry unit and learned blacksmithing there.

Frank continued his work as a blacksmith after the war. For many years, he worked for the Dain Manufacturing Company in Ottumwa. This later became John Deere Ottumwa Works.

While at Dain/Deere during World War 2 he designed and built a trenching plow for the US Army.


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