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Jake W. "J.W." "Jake" Cloud

Male 1908 - 1988  (80 years)


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  • Name Jake W. "J.W." "Jake" Cloud 
    Born Mar 20, 1908  Taylor county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Oct 22, 1940  San Francisco, San Francisco county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His WW-II Army enlistment record shows that he enlisted at the "Presidio of San Francisco" into the infantry as a private.  His residence was Nevada county California and he enlisted for service in Alaska.  His height was 67" and his weight was 151 pounds.
    Social Security Number 559-03-7578 
    Died Nov 19, 1988  San Luis Obispo county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • The following was written by Robert E. Sinclair, grandson of Eck Cloud.
          My Uncle Jake - well, he was the baby of the family. With nine older sisters you can assume he was spoiled rotten and he for sure wasn't the most responsible guy in the world. Unlike his brothers, My Uncles Oscar and Dee, who were both as ugly as a homemade fence, Jake was very good looking and he had a smile that would charm a bird out of a tree.  Everybody who knew him liked him, men and women alike, especially the latter. I don't think he ever married though, as my Grandfather put it, he "took up" with a number of women over the years. The incidents you mention about the tractor and the drunk driving both took place while we were living on the ranch at Lindsay. Jake was working for my father at the time and would have been in his early 20's. Fixing up the house wasn't that big a deal after his episode with the tractor. Only the nose of the tractor was inside the house. All we had to do was replace a few studs, the exterior siding and the interior wallboard.  Later on Jake went into the Army, probably about l938. Having been born in 1908 that made him a bit long in the tooth for a recruit but he did OK, made buck sergeant. His Army career ended ingloriously however. The Military Police looked in on an "off limits" bar in Seattle where Jake was lifting a few and in the altercation that followed Jake cold-cocked an MP lieutenant. I never learned the details of what followed. That sort of thing was a serious matter though so I imagine he spent some time in a military prison and then got a 'Bad Conduct" or "Dishonorable" discharge. I know that he was working in defense plants during WW II. I don't know when or where he died.
          The incident of Jake and the tractor really should be put in context. In a way it wasn't Jake's fault, anyway not completely. You see, my father made a lot of home brew when we lived on the orange ranch, something that truly scandalized my mother. This was really out of character for him in a way. He was a devout member of the Church of Christ, which frowned on booze. At the same time, though, he had a southerner's dislike and contempt for the law and the fact that it was against the law to make beer was reason enough for him to set up his kettles. One time he made up a batch, forty eight one-pint bottles, which somehow didn't look right to him, so he opened them up, added a level teaspoonful of brown sugar to each bottle and then recapped them and put them out under the grape arbor at the back of the house. Well, after a day or two, the house began being periodically shaken as those bottles exploded. Dad remarked that it sounded like the opening of quail season.  A little over half of them survived but those that did had an alcohol content that was out of this world. That brown sugar had really set off a reaction. It was this beer that was in the icebox on the porch the day Jake drove the tractor into the house. He was disc plowing the orchard that day, driving the little two-ton Caterpillar tractor we had. The rows of trees, which ended just behind the house, were about a quarter of a mile long so it took about fifteen minutes to make a round, that is, go to the end of a row, turn around and come back down the next row.  When Jake finished the first round he went in and got a bottle of that beer and drank it while making the next one - and so forth. By the time he finished the fourth round - and this under a hot sun - he had four pints of beer in him that probably had an alcohol content of ten or eleven percent. He didn't stop or turn but drove straight into the house. Mother was inside at the time - fortunately not in the affected area - and was scared out of her wits. Dad was furious of course and wasn't much mollified when Jake explained, 'I swear to God, Frank, I never even noticed the house.' It blew over of course. Jake was so likeable forgiveness came easy. In time the funny side came to be appreciated and the incident became part of family folklore.
          He lived in San Diego, California.
    Person ID I4282  mykindred
    Last Modified May 21, 2009 

    Father Charles Alexander "Eck" Cloud, Jr.,   b. Jan 15, 1862, Bellville, Austin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 30, 1961, Visalia, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Mother Henrietta Ophelia "Nettie" Grimes,   b. Aug 12, 1867, Macon, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 09, 1941, Lindsay, Tulare county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married Jul 11, 1886  Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Cloud, Nettie Grimes and husband Charles 'Eck'
    Cloud, Nettie Grimes and husband Charles "Eck"
    Family ID F228  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S531] California Death Index on-line.



  
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