Alice Marion Colvin

Alice Marion Colvin

Female 1922 - 1999  (76 years)

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  • Name Alice Marion Colvin  [1
    Born 18 Oct 1922  Orwell Township, Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Aug 1999  Osceola, Lewis Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Age 76 years 
    Person ID I55742  Tree2020
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 

    Father Ancestors Lee Franklin Colvin Married: 2x2x ,   b. 31 Oct 1894, Sandy Creek, Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1987, Fort Pierce, St Lucie, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Russell,   b. 15 Jan 1898, Boylston, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1935, East Syracuse, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Jul 1915 
    Family ID F6804  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Erwin John Clemens,   b. 24 Jul 1915, Redfield, Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1991, Redfield, Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1941  Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Diana L Clemens,   b. 26 Jan 1958, Redfield, Oswego Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. lives Constableville, Lewis, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. John Erwin Clemens,   b. 20 Mar 1948, Redfield, Oswego Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. lives Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Leona Marie Clemens,   b. 7 Dec 1943, Osceola, Lewis, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. lives Lorraine, Jefferson, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Sharon Evelyn Clemens,   b. 7 Mar 1942, Redfield, Oswego Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. lives Central Square, Oswego Co. Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Alice Clemens,   b. Redfield, Oswego Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. lives Camden, Oneida Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F6802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Class of 1940 PACS

      ALICE C. CLEMENS
      Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) - August 21, 1999Browse Issues
      Alice Colvin Clemens, 76, of Comins Road,Osceola,died Thursday at Seneca Hill Manor Adult Home, Oswego.

      Born in Orwell, she grew up in East Syracuse and lived most of her life in Osceola. She and her husband operated a farm until 1956. She began playing a half-size fiddle at age 7 and, at 26, formed the Alice and Her Cousins band, which played many years at the Redfield Hotel and Falvey Pavilion. She retired from fiddling competitively after winning the state ladies championship three years in a row. She helped found the New York State Olde Tyme Fiddlers Association in the middle 1970s and the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame in Osceola in 1981. She was inducted into both the state and North American halls of fame and was one of the first recipients of the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York's North Country Heritage Award, among other honors. She appeared or performed at the New York Metropolitan Museum, the Grand Central Station "I Love New York" campaign, and the Harvard Arts Center. She recorded numerous fiddling compositions, taught and lectured, and wrote newsletters on fiddling.

      Her husband of 50 years, Erwin, died in 1991.

      Survivors: Four daughters, Sharon Clemens of Osceola, Leona Chereshnoski of Lorraine, Diana Carpenter of Constableville and Alice Briggs of Camden; a son, John E. of Saginaw, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

      Services: 11 a.m. Monday in the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame Pavilion, Osceola. Burial, Redfield Cemetery. Calling hours, 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Sanborn-McDaniels & LaRobardiere Funeral Home, 109 Main St., Camden.

      Contributions: North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame Pavilion.

      ALICE C. CLEMENS, FOUNDER OF FIDDLERS GROUP, DIES
      Newspaper August 20, 1999 | Watertown Daily Times (NY)
      Page: 31 | Section: Obituaries
      587 Words | Readability: Lexile: 1400, grade level(s): >12

      Alice C. Clemens, 76, Comins Road, died Thursday at Seneca Hill Manor Adult Home, Oswego.

      Mrs. Clemens was co-founder of the Olde Tyme Fiddlers Association and the North American Fiddler's Hall of Fame, Osceola, serving in many capacities in both organizations.

      Born Oct. 18, 1922, in Orwell, a daughter of Lee and Mary Russell Colvin, she grew up in East Syracuse and spent summers with her grandparents in Orwell.

      She married Erwin Clemens, Feb. 12, 1941, in Cumberland, Md. The couple lived in Osceola where they owned and operated a dairy farm.

      Mrs. Clemens developed an early love for the fiddle from the music played by the Colvin Family Orchestra made up of her aunts and uncles. She was loaned a half-size fiddle when she was 7 and began to play with just a few formal lessons.

      During the 1930s, she played at house parties, church groups and Grange meetings and amateur hours. At age 26, she formed the Alice and Her Country Cousins band which performed for many years at Redfield Hotel and Falvey Pavilion, and at area dances.

      She won the New York State Ladies Championship competition, held at Enchanted Forest, Old Forge, for three consecutive years. She was inducted into both the New York State and North American Fiddlers halls of fame as well as the statewide Country Music Association Hall of Fame. She received the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's North Country Heritage Award, New York State Tug Hill Commission Sage Award and the Ray Cronk Memorial Trophy from New York State Olde Tyme Fiddlers Association.

      Mrs. Clemens performed at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, in Grand Central Station for the I Love New York campaign, with various Canadian fiddle groups, at the Harvard Arts Center and for touring Russian athletes.

      She recorded "Fiddlin' Fun," "Fiddlin' Fever," "Your Fiddlin' Friend," "Poetry Recitation," and lesson tapes. In addition, she composed "New York State Waltz," "Alice's Midnight Waltz," "Jigg's Jig," "Alice's Reel," and "The Three Boys Hornpipe."

      She took first place intermediate level awards at the National Traditional Contest, Barre, Vt., and competed at the Grand Masters, Nashville, Tenn., the Canadian Open, Sherburne, Ontario, NYS Championship Contest, Old Forge, where she was four-time champion, and won a second-place award at NYCAN (New York-Canada) Contest, Osceola.

      Mrs. Clemens lectured and demonstrated fiddling at schools, libraries, community events and museums as well as on television and radio. She organized the North Country contingent of fiddlers who performed at the Statue of Liberty celebration in 1986, and has taught workshops and private lessons throughout the state.

      She served as master of ceremonies for the Genesee Country Museum's Fiddlers Fair from 1983 to 1998, and at other state fiddlers events. She served as editor of the Olde Tyme Fiddlers Association newsletter from 1978 to 1993 and had many articles published in national newsletters.

      Surviving are four daughters, Sharon Clemens, Osceola, Mrs. Ray (Leona) Chereshnoski, Lorraine, Mrs. James (Diana) Carpenter, Constableville, and Mrs. Neil (Alice) Briggs, Camden; a son, John Erwin Clemens, Saginaw, Mich; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

      Three sisters, Mary Hullar, Dorothy Fowlkes, and Irene Colvin, and three great-grandchildren died before her.

      The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame pavilion. Burial will be in Redfield Cemetery.

      Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Sanborn-McDaniels & LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Camden.

      Memorial donations may be made to the Fiddlers Hall of Fame or to the Redfield Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad.

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