JOSEPH OSCAR CLORE was born in Pewee Valley, Oldham County, Kentucky, on the thirteenth day of May, 1844. At an early age he was sent to the Noble Butler school at Louisville, and subsequently to Hanover College, Indiana. He remained some time at Hanover and was then sent to Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, where he completed his education in 1866, a member of the senior class. On the twelfth day of November, 1879, at the home of her stepfather, Captain Sam Steele, in Franklin County, Kentucky, Mr. Clore married Miss Emma Pilkington, a lineal descendant of the noted McDowell family. One child, Mary McDowell, was born unto them. On January 12th, 1884, Mrs. Clore departed this life.
While at Danville, in 1866, Mr. Clore attached himself to the Presbyterian Church, and has continued a worthy member in this church to this time. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having taken the degrees in both the Blue Lodge and Chapter. He has served his people several terms as a member of the City Council, with credit to himself and to the advancement of the city's interest. He is a Democrat and an active worker when necessity demands it of him.
In 1870 Mr. Clore established a planing mill-the first ever in Henderson-on the corner of Green and Fourth Cross Streets, where he carried on an extensive business up to 1876. During that year he removed his machinery and mill fixtures to his father's saw mill, on the corner of Sixth and Water Streets, and continued to add new machinery and other appliances until, at this time, he is at the head of one of the finest establishments to be found in the West. He is engaged with his father and brothers in the general lumber business and controls an immense trade.
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