|Franklin John McClaskey Jr.||Born: 1897-10-29|
|Father: Franklin J. McClaskey||Mother: Katie Annie McClaskey|
|Children: Norman James McClaskey , Ruby Marie McClaskey , Franklin John McClaskey, III|
|Siblings: Laura Sarah Lee McClaskey, Benjamin G. McClaskey, Alvin E. McClaskey, William F. McClaskey|
|Spouse: Margaret Lee|
Birth place: Pennsylvania
Death place: Dade County, Florida
Information about Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. taken from the 1900 U.S. Census:
Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. was the firstborn son of Franklin and Katie McClaskey. At the 1900 Census, he was 2 years old, living on Spring Street in Millvale Borough, Ward 2, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Information about Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. taken from the 1910 U.S. Census:
By 1910, Franklin, junior, had three brothers, and one baby sister. He was 12 years old, and still lived in Millvale Borough, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Information about Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. taken from his World War I Draft Registration Card, 1918:
This WW1 Draft Registration Card is possibly dated September of 1918. (Ancestry.com dates this card as 1917-1918, but the writing on the card is practically illegible.) I’m going with 1918 because the card lists his age as 20. Franklin, junior, would have turned 20 years old in October of 1917, and still been 20 in September of 1918.
Franklin was tall and slender. I can tell this because of the ‘x’ marks in the “Tall” and “Slender” columns on the right-hand side of this card. He had brown eyes and brown hair. I believe the left-hand side of this card lists his occupation as “Real Estate Agent” but I can’t be sure.
Information about Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. taken from the 1920 U.S. Census:
By the 1920 Census, Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. was 22 years old. Although Franklin was the eldest son, it was his younger brother, William, who gave their parents a grandchild first. They all still lived under their parent’s roof. At this point, the had moved to Westview Borough, still in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
It doesn’t appear that Franklin, junior, was married at this point (January 10, 1910). But he did get married to Margaret Lee at age 22 (according to the following Census of 1930). So he must have gotten married at some point, later, in 1920. No doubt, trying to keep up with William.
Information about Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. taken from the 1930 U.S. Census:
By April 4, 1930, Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. and Margaret Lee had been married 10 years. By this time, they had four children, of whom our dearest Norman James McClaskey was the youngest. And although both Franklin and Margaret were Pennsylvania natives, they had moved to Ohio no later than 1923. Their firstborn son, Franklin, was born in Pennsylvania, but their other three children were born in Ohio. As of this 1930 Census, they lived in Weathersfield Township in Trumbull County, Ohio, at McDonald Heights.
I say, “McDonald Heights” because that’s what is says along the left side of the 1930 U.S. Census record. The small village of McDonald in Trumbull County, Ohio has an interesting history, which your can read here: History of McDonald, Ohio. Basically, it was a “company town” set up by Carnegie Steel Company, built around a steel mill, so the workers could live and work there. I figured Franklin and Margaret must have moved to Weathersfield Township, Trumbull County Ohio so that Franklin could work at the steel mill. But, apparently, that’s not the case.
If you look at the 1930 Census record above, notice that all the men on that page worked at the steel mill. That is, all the men except for our dear Franklin J. McClaskey, Jr. He’s listed as the only Real Estate Salesman on the page. Good for him.
But something else sticks out from the Census record. Although Franklin J. McClaskey was a Real Estate Salesman, he was renting his home for $25 a month. He did not own his home. Franklin was 33 years old at this time.