Biography of O. E. Clark
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O. E. CLARK.
After a long and honorable record in connection with the public utility interests of this section, O. E. Clark is now living retired in Napa, enjoying well earned leisure. He was born in Erie county, New York, in 1844, but was reared and educated in Michigan. In 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil war, he enlisted in defense of his country, joining the First Michigan Regiment of Engineers and Mechanics, which was attached to the Army of the Cumberland. He rendered four years of faithful service, taking part in many of the severest battles and campaigns of that great struggle, and was in General Sherman's historic march from Atlanta to the sea. In 1879 he went to Leadville, Colorado, and there engaged in the timber business and in surveying and mining.

In 1890 Mr. Clark came to Napa county, California, and erected the electric light plant for the Thompson-Houston Electric Light Company, subsequently being made manager of the plant. He was next a traveling representative for that well known company, being on the road from 1892 to 1897, when he returned to Napa and resumed his former posh tion. This concern bought the Napa Gas Company and combined the two under the name of the Napa Gas & Electric Light Company, and Mr. Clark was appointed manager of the new organization. Subsequently it was taken over by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and Mr. Clark served as manager of the latter from 1901 to 1920, when he retired from active work, having since been living quietly in his comfortable home in Napa.

In 1869, in Michigan, Mr. Clark was married to Miss Vera M. Hyde, who was born and reared in New York state, and they are the parents of one son, Ray D., who lives in Fresno, California. Mr. Clark is a member of the Napa post of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which there are now only six surviving members, and he is also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Since he first came to Napa he has always maintained a fine interest in the development and prosperity of this locality and has consistently given his support to every measure for the improvement of local conditions.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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