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Postcards from

William O. Pontius


Submitted by Sylvia Akin


These postcards were written to Sylvia Akin's great grandfather, John D. C. McClure.  They came from W. O. Pontius who lived in Warren, Arkansas in 1927.  At the time they were written, Mr. McClure was living in New Orleans, but prior to that he had lived in Wilmar, Arkansas, not far from Warren.  There was a good bit of age difference between the two men and it is not known how they were acquainted.  Mr. McClure was born in 1853 in Vigo County, Indiana.  Mr. Pontius was also from Indiana originally but his birthplace is unknown.  See below for more information on William O. Pontius.








W. O. Pontius appears to be William Oscar Pontius, born Aug. 7, 1883.  He married Anna Swoveland in 1909 in Indiana (Marion County).  It appears that he had a brother named Harry who lived in Scott County, IA.  His father may have been Ira Pontius. 


1930 census information: 


          110 Scotta Street, Pennington Township, Warrren Town in Bradley County, Arkansas

          Date Taken:  April 5, 1930.

          William O. Pontius, age 45, born Indiana, married 20 years, occupation Chiropractor

          Anna L. Pontius, age 41, born Indiana, married 20 years

          Harry Pontius, age 4, born Arkansas

1920 census information:


          201 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

          Date Taken:  January 10, 1920

          William O. Pontius, age 36, born Indiana, attending school

          Anna S. Pontius, age 31, born Indiana, Stenographer for Star Battery Co.

          No children listed


From SSDI:  Harry E. Pontius, born 27 Dec 1925, died 19 Aug 1991, last residence U.S. Consulate,

          Mazatlan, Mexico.  SSN 430-28-6263 issued in Arkansas.