Clara O. Parnow


Born: 14 Aug 1880 in Germany

Died: 19 Jan 1960 in Los Angeles County, California, USA

Father: William Parnow (1854 – ?)

Mother: Othelia Bernsdorf (1856 – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Herman William Joop (1879 – 1966)

Married: 16 Dec 1903 in ?

Child: Walter Herman Joop (1911 – )

Child: Myrtle Clara Joop (1912 – 1988)

Child: Elenora Ostilia Joop (1916 – 1989)

Child: Leona Bertha Joop (1921 – 1921)


Clara immigrated from Germany about 1895.

The birth certificate for son Walter identifies Clara's maiden name as Pornow, while that for daughter Elenora identifies her last name as Parns.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 13 Apr 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1920 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
A History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota, Volume 2
by John Turner and C. K. Semling (editors); Indianapolis, Indiana: B.F. Bowen and Company, 1918. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
Draft Registration for WWI (Herman William Joop)
[applies to marriage]
Interview (<private> Marks)
Inteview, letter, notes, etc. [applies to birth]
Web: Ancestry Database (California Death Index, 1940-1997) [Original data: "California Death Index, 1940-1997"; State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics; Sacramento, CA, USA. The original record can be requested from information in the index. (no document images)] [applies to name, birth, death]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Clara likely arrived aboard the ship "Stuttgart" from Bremen on 3 Jul 1895 in Baltimore, along with her brother Oscar (age 1) and sister Selma(?) (age 16). Their ultimate destination was Good Thunder, Blue Earth County, Minnesota to meet their uncle. (New information from "History of Clay and Norman Counties" suggests this was probably their father, not uncle -- need to resolve this.) In Germany the children had lived in Lochoro, Pos(?). (ship's record, but see the census record for William Parnow)

A "Petition & Record" for "Herman William (Mrs. Clara O.) Joop" can be found in the Minnesota Naturalization Records Index for the years 1918-1921, and a "Declaration of Intention" can be found in the same index from the years 1920-1929 and again from 1929-1939. ( database, check the FHC films for Clay County, Reel 6, Code 21, Volume 12, Page 2, Numbers 1-100; Reel 3, Code 7, Volume 7, Page 28, Numbers 1-186, and Reel 3, Code 8, Volume 8, Page 874, Numbers 843-942.)