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African American Genealogy: Where was Clarence Anderson Chick before Fayetteville Teacher’s College and after Benedict College?

Robin Foster
by Robin Foster
. A. Chick or Clarence Anderson Chick, The Palmetto Leader, Columbia, South Carolina, 24 December 1938, page 3, column 3
. A. Chick or Clarence Anderson Chick, The Palmetto Leader, Columbia, South Carolina, 24 December 1938, page 3, column 3

In Documenting Your Ancestor in 1940, I first gave Clarence Anderson Chick’s death, WWI Draft Registration, and appearance of he and his wife, Helen, in a Fayetteville City Directory. It said they both were teachers at Fayetteville State Teacher’s College in Fayetteville, NC.

There seemed to be a period of time after graduating from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina and beginning his teaching at Fayetteville Teacher College where I could not find him prior to 1938. I decided to look for him again in The Palmetto Leader. I found this Christmas greeting!

He had been a substitute teacher for teachers on leave of absence at Virginia Union University. In December of 1938, he was announcing that he was head of Department of Economics at State Teachers’ College in Fayetteville, NC.

C. A. Chick or Clarence Anderson Chick, The Palmetto Leader, Columbia, South Carolina, 24 December 1938, page 3, column 3
C. A. Chick or Clarence Anderson Chick, The Palmetto Leader, Columbia, South Carolina, 24 December 1938, page 3, column 3

He used this method sending greetings to his many relatives, friends, acquaintances, former teachers, teachers, and former students in South Carolina and elsewhere. How important those relationships must have been to him.

The article says, “Professor Chick is a loyal so of Benedict College.” I also was grateful to have added:

He received his Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1933; continuing there until 1934. He took courses there in Labor Problems and in the Administration of Higher Education during the summer of 1937. He is a member of Political and Social Science and the Academy of World Economics. He had renown scholarship in the Social Sciences.

I think all the way back to when he was on the 1900 US Census in Our Father’s Fields – A Southern Story Tells Part of the Story.  He was born in 1896; son of Anderson Chick and Elenia Coleman Chick, my great great grandparents, formerly enslaved.

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