Biography of John F. Clark
Tulare County, CA Biographies





John F. Clark, city assessor, tax collector and collector of license fees in the city of Visalia, California, was born in Frankfort, Maine, May 30, 1868. As a boy he attended the common schools of his native town until he was thirteen years of age. He then started in to learn the trade of granite cutter with his father, though he continued to attend school during the winter months. His desire for a better education led him to save his earnings while working in the granite quarries, and with these earnings he paid his way through the East Maine Conference Seminary, where he was graduated in 1889. At the age of twenty six years he was elected one of the board of selectmen of his native town.

After completing his education he worked in many of the granite quarries of New England, including the Bodwell Granite Company and the Mount Waldo Granite Company of Maine; the O. W. Norcross Company of Worcester, Massachusetts; and the Hardwick Granite Company of Hardwick, Vermont, reputed to have the largest granite cutting sheds in the world. In the last named plant he held the position of foreman. Leaving the Hardwick Company, he accepted a position as foreman and draftsman for the W. N. Flint Granite Company, of Mounson, Massachusetts. He remained with this company for fifteen years, during the greater part of which time he traveled over the eastern states making estimates on granite work.

In October, 1917, Mr. Clark arrived in Visalia, purchased five acres of ground on South Conyer street and erected thereon a new residence. For two years he was employed as a cutter by the Visalia Marble & Granite Company. Later he was employed by the county authorities to make plats for the appraisal board from which to appraise the property of the county. He was appointed to the office he now holds under the new city charter, which went into effect in 1921.

Mr. Clark married Miss Ila M. Gray, a native of Bradley, Maine, and they have two sons and a daughter: Henry G., Beulah L., and J. Elden Clark. While in the east Mr. Clark joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Order of Red Men. He is a past noble grand of the Odd Fellows' lodge at Monson, Massachusetts, and a past sachem of the Red Men's lodge of Troy, New Hampshire.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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