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Above you see William Henry Greider and Emily Tichenor Greider and their children. We at the Greider Clan are descendants (and in-laws) of that family. Here we post pictures and documents from the family archives and tell our stories. Find us at Who We Are and The Greider-Tichenor Nexus.


From Dawn to Now – available in printed form

July 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Over the years I have posted a number of documents and pictures related to the Greider family. Now I have assembled some of them into a book — 101 pages, sprial bound, soft covers — and added many more pictures and captions. This compilation includes:

  • From Dawn to Dusk – the complete text with additional pictures and notes.
  • Topeka 1912 – the photographs Harold William Greider took in Topeka in 1912.
  • My Father’s Model T – the story of a Model T car and a 1920’s courtship.
  • Letters from Mother – the letters Emily Tichenor Greider wrote to her son, 1924-1930.
  • Cousins and Forebears – a road trip to family sites in Kansas.

Click on this link to see a pdf of the book. I have sent printed copies to relatives for whom I have addresses. If you would like a copy, please contact me by a comment here or by email to greiderclan at gmail.





From Dawn to Now

February 1, 2016 at 1:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

William_Henry_Greider_0003 - CopyI have now completed transcribing the final chapters of the life story of my grandfather, William Henry Greider. He entitled his memoir “From Dawn to Dusk” and told how a poor boy from a farm in Indiana acquired an education and a respectable — and respected — life as a teacher in early 20th century Kansas.

In “The Doctor” he relates how he obtained a medical degree and then had the adventure of his life, serving with the army in France during World War I.

He ends with a few general reflections about the world and his times and his own expectations.

Grandfather Greider always speaks of himself in the third person, trying to maintain a detachment from his adventures and from his very real progress toward the good life. His modestly does not completely conceal his pride, however, and I like him for that.

Click here for the end of the story.



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The earnest young man third from the left in the back row is William Henry Greider, my grandfather. As “W.H.G.” he writes about his pursuit of education in late 19th century Kansas and his career as a school teacher. He may be shorter and less polished than the other members of this college debating society, but he makes up for it with concentrated effort and a pugnacious attitude. Click here to read his story.WHG Debating

Willie Sawdust

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William Henry Greider

William Henry Greider

Here you see my very respectable grandfather, William Henry Greider, in his career as a school teacher. In the next chapter of his life story, “From Dawn to Dusk,” he remembers his earlier brief career as Willie Sawdust, a California factory worker. He tells us that he triumphed over violence and ignorance.  Click here to read all about it.


On His Own

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Bill worked on the farm of Ira Dickenson near Manchester, Kansas, and eventually married the girl next door.

Bill worked on the farm of Ira Dickinson [ Section 29] near Manchester, Kansas, and eventually married the girl next door.

As my grandfather continues to tell his life’s story, he changes his name to indicate his growing maturity. He works hard, learns much and chooses his lifelong vocation. Click here for From Dawn to Dusk: Bill.

Two Farms in Forward Township

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Bridge over the Monongahela River at Elizabeth

Bridge over the Monongahela River at Elizabeth

My mother, Gladys Elizabeth McClure, was born in Forward Township in Pennsylvania and grew up on one of the McClure farms there. In an earlier post, Our Uncle Cicero, I told the story of her family, going back to the first immigrant ancestors — McClures, Pangburns, and Fitz Randolphs — and their relationship to the land in Forward Township. Recently my brother Bill and I revisited that Monongahela River country, the wooded hills, and the farmland we knew so well as children.

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The Frank McClure farmhouse today. That may not be the original porch swing, but we always enjoyed a swing in that location.

We saw where our mother’s people lived and also where they rest today.

West Bend Cemetery, Forward Township, Pennsylvania

West Bend Cemetery, Forward Township, Pennsylvania

Mostly the news is good. The hills retain their beauty and many of the farms are now being preserved. Click here for a history and an update to history.

A Boy Leaves Home

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The way out of town for young Will.

The way out of town for young Will.

In the next chapter of my grandfather’s story, he tells how he left home permanently at the age of 16 to find work as a farm laborer. Click here for From Dawn to Dusk: Will.

From Dawn to Dusk

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Emily Tichenor Greider and William Henry Greider, Topeka, KS, circa 1940

They sit facing each other, calmly, in the garden of their Topeka home. They are my father’s parents and my paternal grandparents. He is retired from teaching and she, being a homemaker, can never retire. They have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. The pose tells us much. They are rather formally dressed — these are not gardening clothes. Both wear glasses and hold books. They look at each other, not at the camera. She has a faint half smile, while he frowns slightly in concentration. Their lives have brought them from pioneer farms in Indiana and Kansas to respected lives in this Midwestern city.

Emily Tichenor Greider died in 1941. After her death, William Henry Greider spent time with each of his children and then settled permanently with his daughter, Ruth Greider McCandless, in California. He wrote his life story and entitled it From Dawn to Dusk. Aunt Ruth typed it up and we have copies today. The old typescript does not scan well, so I am transcribing it into digital form and will be adding it to this blog a chapter at a time. While we lack early pictures of my grandfather, we do have some pictures to suggest the times and places he knew.

Begin his story here by clicking on From Dawn to Dusk.

Our Uncle Cicero

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Fitz Randolph Gate at Princeton University

In 1752 Nathaniel Fitz Randolph donated some money for the founding of Princeton College, as well as the land for the original campus. Brother Bill and I are related to that Nathaniel Fitz Randolph and the beautiful gate erected in his honor. We owe this knowledge to our Uncle Cicero who researched and wrote two books on the family history.

Cicero Pangburn McClure 1847-1925

Cicero Pangburn McClure 1847-1925

Genealogy as an accumulation of ancestors does not interest me much. Family stories, on the other hand, I find very compelling. We are trying to link the stories we remember with the family documents that have come to hand. In Randolph-Pangburn – William Pangburn and His Wife Hannah Fitz Randolph (1909) and  The Pioneer McClure Families of the Monongahela Valley (1924) Uncle Cicero sets out what he could discover about his roots in colonial America and the settlement of western Pennsylvania.

Uncle Cicero must have spent hours checking census records, visiting cemeteries and talking with old timers. I am sure he would have loved the Internet. For example, I find this 1876 Butler Coal Company map which shows the location of the farms of Uncle Cicero and my grandfather.

Butler Coal Company map of Forward Township Pennsylvania, 1876

Butler Coal Company map of Forward Township Pennsylvania, 1876

My brother and I visited our grandparents on the farm in the 1930s and ’40s. We heard the family stories, but did not record what we heard. Now we are trying to reconstruct those stories and post them here at the Greider Clan blog.  It will be a small repayment for what Cicero has left for us. Click here for a full account of My Uncle Cicero.

Harvesting on the Frank McClure farm, c. 1902

Harvesting on the Frank McClure farm, c. 1902


Complete set of Emily Tichenor Greider letters now available

November 2, 2012 at 11:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Emily Tichenor Greider at about the time when the letters were written

I have now completed entering excerpts from each of the 105 letters written by Emily Tichenor Greider to her oldest son, Harold William Greider, between 1924 and 1930. The full letters are preserved in their original envelopes ,and the excepts here are identified by the postmarks on the envelopes.

The letters begin when Harold is working in Pittsburgh and has become engaged to Gladys McClure. The letters continue through the early years of the marriage of Harold and Gladys. The set ends in late 1930, apparently just before they moved to Cincinnati, where they settled permanently.

Many family members are mentioned in the letters. Their activities and visits are described, as well as what Emily thought of them. She also comments on matters of the day, especially her struggles to maintain a working radio. She is very concerned with the quality of family ties and especially values gifts as evidence of them.

I hope to supplement these letters with a family-tree diagram and more details about the many people mention. For now, you can read the excepts at Letters from Mother.

Nancy Greider Gluck

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