Biography of Hugh A. Clark
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HUGH A. CLARK
Possessed of courage and perseverance, Mr. Clark has endeavored to exemplify the principles of honor and manliness which form the leaven of true success in life. He was born January 31, 1845, in Campbell county, Va. At that time the state was not divided and now this county is situated in West Virginia. When he was one year old his parents, Thomas A. and Mary (Guthrie) Clark, natives of New York and Virginia respectively, moved to Lawrence county, Ohio. It was in this county that H. A. Clark grew to manhood and received his education in the common schools, after which he learned the cooper's trade. Soon after the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in Company B, First West Virginia Light Artillery, and after a service of four years, lacking fifty days, received an honorable discharge. During the time of service he participated in many engagements, among which were those of the Army of the Potomac and the Shenandoah Valley campaign. The war over he returned to his home and in 1866 went to Troy, Ill., and resumed work at his trade, later returning to Lawrence, Ohio, where he taught in a district school. In 1871, at Athalia, Ohio, he embarked in the mercantile business, continuing for twelve years.

In 1884, after disposing of his holdings in Ohio, Mr. Clark came to California looking for a location and decided that San Jacinto met his requirements. Accordingly he bought property consisting of twenty acres adjoining the town. He returned to Ohio for his family and 1885 found them permanently located in their new home, where Mr. Clark carried on ranching. In 1886 he was appointed postmaster of San Jacinto by Mr. Cleveland, retaining the office four years, after which he again took up agricultural pursuits. In the meantime he had bought thirty six acres, subsequently selling four acres, upon which is located his present home and where he has made all the improvements. In 1907 he removed his family to this place and as the land is well adapted for apricots he intends to specialize on this fruit. In the meantime he does general farming and raises potatoes. He irrigates his land from a well, his pump having a capacity of about fifty inches.

On June 28, 1870, occurred the marriage of H. A. Clark and Miss Fannie Blake, a native of West Virginia, and of their union ten children were born, of whom five died in early childhood. Those living are: Carrie, wife of R. S. Molyneux, residents of Anaheim; Minnie, who married George A. Johnson and lives at Ocean Park; James W. and Homer A., at home on the ranch; and Lucile, the wife of B. W. Douglas, of Los Angeles.

In politics Mr. Clark is a Democrat and maintains an intelligent interest in the party's welfare. He was appointed fruit tree inspector for the San Jacinto valley and served fourteen years. He served three terms as city trustee of San Jacinto and during its existence was a member of San Jacinto Post, No. 118, G. A. R. He has liberally forwarded all movements for the upbuilding of the town and is accounted one of the dependable citizens of the county.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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