|"Jim Clinkstock, Cherokee Indian, Heap good wrestler come from Oklahoma!" Actually born in Kansas to Edna Tibbetts and Walter Dillard "Dill" Clinkscales. Art from Remembering "Canada's greatest cartoonist by Conan Tobias.|
Following the pro wrestling theme this week (see Minnie Nosler Enjoyed Watching Professional Wrestling), I thought I'd mention my 3rd cousin 3x removed Howard Clinkscale, aka Jim Clinkstock or Big Jim, was a professional wrestler from the mid-1920s until his death in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1944 of heart failure.
|Howard (or "Jim") was a descendant of Benjamin Tibbetts and Hannah Snow, and a cousin to Minnie Nosler's first husband, George Henry Hartley.|
|Must have been pretty entertaining! "Amusements. Wrestling Convention Hall," Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO), Sunday, 24 January 1926, pg 74, col 5; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com: 3 Sep 2016).|
His life appeared to be as violent as his profession:
When he died in a strange rampage at a dentist's office (extensively covered nation-wide by looks of the result hits in GenealogyBank), it was finally concluded that he died of a heart attack. He was only 40.
|"Parker and Sikes Cleared in Death of Jim Clinstock," Greensboro Record (Greensboro, NC), Wednesday, 1 March 1944, pg 11, col 6; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com: 3 Sep 2016).|
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