Clement F. Kaylor was a photographer from about 1910 – 1930 in Mishawaka, Indiana; possibly starting prior to 1910 but not earlier than 1906. (The 1906 city directory shows he was working for the M. W. Manufacturing Co.) Born February 9, 1868 in Huntington, Indiana, he was the son of Harmon Kaylor and Eliza Forst. His father’s occupation was Blacksmith on the 1880 Federal Census which was taken in Warren, Indiana.
Clement or “Clem” was first married to Cora Bell Dinius, who died in 1890. Findagrave.com lists a son for the couple, Eldon Edward Kaylor, born 1888. On September 7, 1898, in Fort Wayne, Clem married Agnes C. Kelley. The 1910 census shows Clement, Agnes and their nine-year old son Marvin, born Indiana, about 1901. Also on this census is Clem’s sister Clara, working for him at the photography studio.
The 1910 city directory gives Clem’s studio address of 116 E. 2nd. In 1916 the address given was 116 Lincoln Way E. (This may have been the same location but renamed.) About 1920 he had moved his studio to 112 N. Main St. The 1923 directory gave some additional information showing Clem F. Kaylor, “Photographer, Framing, Kodak Finishing.” Clem died in Mishawaka, January 14, 1931.
See our Cina’s Hat post for an example of the photographer’s work.
Sources: Year: 1880; Census Place: Warren, Huntington, Indiana; Roll: 285; Family History Film: 1254285; Page: 515C; Enumeration District: 193; Image: 0372. (Ancestry.com)
Year: 1910; Census Place: Penn, Saint Joseph, Indiana; Roll: T624_377; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0155; FHL microfilm: 1374390. (Ancestry.com)
Year: 1930; Census Place: Mishawaka, St Joseph, Indiana; Roll: 627; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0075; Image: 1010.0; FHL microfilm: 2340362. (Ancestry.com)
South Bend Directory Co.’s Directory of South Bend, Mishawaka and Rural Route Lists of St. Joseph County, Indiana. 1906. p. 826. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989)
Hibberd’s City Directory of South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana. 1912 – 1916. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989)
R.L. Polk & Co.’s City Directories for Mishawaka and South Bend, Indiana. 1919 – 1930. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989)
Clement F. “Clem” Kaylor. Findagrave.com. Memorial #115943847. (Accessed January 31, 2015.)
Harmon Kaylor. Findagrave.com. Memorial #19551530. (Accessed January 31, 2015.)
Thank you for the write up concerning Clement Kaylor. My husband, Scott Kaylor is the great-grandson to Mr. Clement Kaylor. Eldon was Scott’s grandfather. Cora Bell Dinius passed away at a very young age, after fighting tuberculosis.
You’re very welcome, Lori, and thank you for your comment! How sad about Cora Bell, there must have so many that died of tb, good to know the reason, though.
If that is the case then you are a long lost relative of mine, albeit removed. If you are into genealogy at all for the Kaylor line, I would love to collaborate.
Lori I have a newspaper photo of Clem as well as a photo of Eldon and a newspaper clipping of Clem’s second wife Agnes Catharine “Katie” Kelley. firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like copies of those to show your husband.
my grandfather was a fireman for Mishawaka, Clem took a photo of him in his uniform. I have the photo where I can see it every day. his name was Perry Earl Hope, he went by the name Earl Hope.
Hi Fay, awww that is so nice, you get to see the photo daily. I have a photo of two of my ancestors at work (my regular job) and it’s a nice reminder of the big picture, our family and where we came from, just to have it there is wonderful. Anyway, thanks for your comment.
I have a photo marked The Kaylor Studio Mishawaka, IN that I assume was taken by Clem, but it looks more like the late 1880’s/1890’s based in their clothing. Unfortunately, there are no names to try and date it .
Hi Lisa, I’ll try to look again this weekend to see if I can find any earlier dates than originally thought, for his photography. Thanks for your comment….Anne
Thank you for making this website! I’m actually directly descended from Clement F. Kaylor’s brothers line William Edward Kaylor (1873-1927). I have a lot of photos of this line. I even have a newspaper photo of Clem. I would absolutely love to collaborate for genealogical purposes.
Hi Brittany, you’re so welcome! And I’ve emailed Lori for you with your email address. All the best, Anne 🙂
Thank you 🙂