The Tener Family

This is a journal kept by Dennis Holmes and friends concerning the Tener Family.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Emilie Tener and Clifford F. Hood

I have been updated on information on an interesting union within the Tener family. Emilie is a granddaughter of George Evans and Susan Wallis TENER. Her father was Stephen Wallis Tener, and Emilie was one of five daughters – refer to Tener family history book, page 75 – of Stephen W. Tener and his wife Katharine Randall Tener.

Emilie Tener was born about 1893 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On December 8, 1917, Emilie R. Tener married Clifford F. Hood. Before the wedding she had been living in East Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Hood listed his residence as Cameron, Illinois.

Clifford F. Hood was born Feb. 8, 1894 on a Western Illinois farm in Cameron, IL. His father was Edward Everett Hood, born about 1868; his mother was listed as Ida Hood, NEE FIVORED, born about 1870 in Mechanicsville, PA.

He began his education in Cameron, by walking three miles to a one room school. He attended Galesburg H.S.
(** I tried to insert the photo, could not: thus a link to a photo of the high school.)

Through an acquaintance in his youth he became interested in electrical engineering, and he attended the University of Illinois and earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1915. C. Hood appeared to be very active in college, with his participations or involvements including: Chi Phi; Sigma Tau; Eta Kappa Nu; Scabbard & Blade; Ionian; E.E. Society; Bus. Mgr. of the E.E. Show; Military Ball Comm.; and Lt. and Maj. of the Univ. Brigade.

After leaving the University of Illinois, he went to work for the sales Dept. of Packard Electric Co. of Warren, Ohio. There he was a sales engineer and assistant cable sales manager. This led him to employment with the American Steel and Wire Company.

In 1917 he went to work for the American Steel and Wire Company, Worchester Mass. He was employed there for a mere six weeks when he joined the U.S. Army.

He is listed as entering the U S Signal Corps in 1917. In addition,. He is then reported to have gone into O.T.C. – Officers Training Corps. Fort Monroe, Virginia. He is then listed as 1st Lieutenant of the U.S.R., C.A.C., Ft. McKinley, ME in 1918. He is then assigned to the 72nd Reg. C.A.C., Bat C., American Expeditionary Forces – France, also in 1918.

After the War, he returned to civilian life, and American Steel and Wire Company. He advanced from one important job to another.

Emilie and Clifford Hood had two children: Randall F. born in 1928, and Richard E. born in 1930.

In 1930, according to the U.S. Census Population Schedule, the family lived in Worcester, Mass.

Emilie Hood died on July 6, 1941 and was interred in Knoolwood Mausoleum, East Cleveland, Ohio on July 8, 1941.

On January 1, 1950 Clifford Hood became the president of Carnegie-Illinois Steel. At the same time he was a director and member of the executive committee of the U.S. Steel Corp. of Delaware. In 1951 these two companies along with two other U.S. Steel subsidiaries were brought together – forming the U. S. Steel Company. He became executive vice president for operations and a company director.

In 1952, he was made President of the corporation. He was designated chief administrative officer in 1955, and the following year when the director’s created an executive committee he became Chairman.

During commencement exercises on June 15, 1957 Clifford Hood received an Alumni Award from the University of Illinois to recognize his distinguished career: his was one of the three such awards to be given in a program starting in 1957.

In the Illinois Alumni News, June 1957, he was also noted for his community service activities. These included: Director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development; a trustee of Magee Hospital; a director of Western Pennsylvania Safety Council; and Chairman of the Airport Advisory Committee.

In addition, as of 1957 he held honorary degrees from Thiel College, from Monmouth College in Illinois, and from Northeastern University.

(*Much of this information from Illinois Alumni News, June 1, 1957: page 6.)