Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey

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  1. Silvia
    December 17, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

    What a touching story. Neat idea to investigate and share. Thanks Chris.

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    • Chris Clemens
      December 17, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

      Thanks, Silvia! This one has been a lot of fun to create!

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  2. Sharon Bandhold
    December 17, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

    Very interesting story! I’ve never seen a birth announcement like that either, & I’m 61. I went on http://www.familytreenow.com & found a 45-year-old Terri Ann Kohler (who could be his daughter) at this address: [redacted], Rochester, NY 14616. (Family Tree Now is an excellent, free website.) And on https://nwmber.com, her phone number is [redacted]. Hope this helps, if you decide to contact her.

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    • Chris Clemens
      December 17, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

      WOW! Nice detective work, Sharon!! Just to be safe, I’ve removed Terri Ann’s personal contact info from here, but I did save it in my notes. Maybe if I am able to get in touch with her, it would make for a fun Part 2 to this blog post!

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  3. Pat Sweetland
    December 17, 2017 @ 6:22 pm

    That is an awesome story! You are too cool, dear nephew! I share a birthday with him as I was born on March 22, 1946! My ex-husband use to work with a Tom Kohler at Xerox. He had a wife named Sally.
    I was going to be a social studies teacher so I love all this. Nice job!

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    • Chris Clemens
      December 17, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

      Thanks, Aunt Pat! It’s totally been fun looking in to this one!

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  4. Eleanor Celentani
    December 18, 2017 @ 1:55 am

    It is amazing how a household sale of miscellaneous items led to all this. Congratulations on your creativity and persistence. It is sad that he died so young, but you have brought attention to him once again, which is nice. Thank you. Since Christmas is coming up, this has given me the idea to think about a birth announcement for Jesus.
    Merry Christmas!

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    • Chris Clemens
      December 18, 2017 @ 9:13 am

      Merry Christmas to you, Eleanor! Stories like this are why I love going through flea markets and garage sales. People have so many wonderful artifacts in their possession and don’t realize it. It’s a shame to think how much history has been lost over the years by people just throwing things out.

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  5. Carol Bonnewell
    December 18, 2017 @ 11:18 am

    Chris,
    Thank you for contasting my daughter about her father’s birth announcement.
    If you are interested in doing a follow-up or part 2 I may be able to shed some light on family history that could explain the unusual format. Fee free to contact me at the email address I have supplied.

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  6. Sue Romero
    December 20, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

    What a beautiful story, Chris! Thanks for posting it.

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  7. Bill Homan
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:28 pm

    What a fascinating story. Sad to hear that his time on Earth was so brief. My great uncle & great aunt made a similar announcement when the first son was born. They owned a chain of theaters in Central NY and had his birth announcement made up like a poster advertising the newest show at a local theater.

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  8. Melissa Hart
    February 16, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

    Just came across this….fascinating story! I’m curious as to why the obit leaves out mention of his wife, did she die before him?

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  9. Barb Hall
    June 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Hi, Chris, A little different twist, but I always thought it would be interetsing to track down the other babies born the same week as I was. I have the listing of my birth (and theirs) from the Rochester (NY) newspaper. They didn’t list the child’s name, however, so it would be an (almost) impossible task. Only states: Daughter, Parents names (well, actually just the Dad’s name e.g. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Clemons) and parents’ home address. We are all aging Baby Boomers now.

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