Ida May Propst was born February 20, 1886 in Copeland, near the Bollinger Mills, in Bollinger County, Missouri. She is the third oldest of ten children to parents Henry Jacob Propst and Minerva Adeline Statler.
In 1900, the family is living on a farm in Whitewater, Bollinger County, Missouri. At 14 years of age, Ida is a student.
On March 12, 1903, Ida married Franklin L Clements in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri. Since Franklin was under 21 years old and Ida was under 17 years old, both of their fathers were present at the ceremony and gave their permission for the marriage to take place.
Interestingly, beginning after the marriage and throughout the rest of her life, Ida states her date of birth to be 1884 instead of 1886, making her appear to be two years older than she actually was. Franklin and Ida went on to have seven children together:
- Henry E Clements (b. 1906)
- Albert R Clements (b. 1907 – d. 1989)
Lawrence E Clements (b. 1911)
Clara Clements (b. 1913 – d. 1999)
Elmer Franklin Clements (b. 1915 – d. 1970)
Curb W. Clements (b. 1919 – d. 1988)
In 1910, the family is living on a farm in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri.
In 1920, the family is living on a farm Perryville Road in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri. (Pg 1 includes Franklin and Ida. Page 2 includes the rest of the family)
In 1930, following the death of Franklin in 1923, Ida and the children are living on their own in Randolph Township, St. Francois County, Missouri. They are renting a house in a single family dwelling and paying $10 per month for rent. Ida lists her occupation as a laundress at home. Her oldest son Albert is also supporting the family working as a laborer at the lead mill.
On August 20, 1942, Ida married James Lewis Blankenship in St. Francois, Missouri.
On July 11, 1977, Ida passed away in Park Hills, St. Francois County and was buried at Saint Francois Memorial Park in the “Garden of Serenity” section in Desloge, St. Francois County, Missouri.