Frank Clark is a retired farmer and stockman residing at No. 2305 West Pleasant street, Knoxville, and is highly
esteemed by his fellow citizens. He was born in Dade county, Georgia, on the 26th of April, 1843, a son of James
and Minerva (McKeg) Clark, natives of Tennessee and Georgia respectively. The father was born in 1817 and as a
young man went to Georgia, where his marriage occurred. He was a farmer by occupation and in 1849 left that state
and came to Marion county, Iowa, entering one hundred and sixty acres of land in Knoxville township. He subsequently
purchased fifty more acres and devoted his time and energy to the cultivation of his land until his death, which
occurred in 1901. His first wife, the mother of the subject of this review, passed away in 1852 and he afterward
married Mrs. J. W. Miller, by whom he had five children. Six children were born to his first marriage, all of whom
are living but one daughter. He was a democrat in politics and in religious belief was an old school Baptist. He
was highly esteemed in his community and his demise was sincerely mourned.
Frank Clark was the second in order of birth in a family of six children and was reared at home. His education
was that afforded by the early country schools, but during his boyhood he gained much knowledge that was not learned
from books, as he assisted his father in the work of the farm and thus familiarized himself with practical methods
of agriculture. After his marriage he operated forty acres of the home place until 1882, when he removed to Richardson
county, Nebraska, and leased eight hundred acres of land. He remained upon that place for about ten years and then
removed to another farm in the same county, where he resided until 1907. He next went to Lawton, Oklahoma, where
he took up a homestead claim and also purchased another quarter section. After living in Oklahoma for three years
he sold his landed interests and returned to Marion county. He took up his residence in Knoxville, where he owns
six and a half acres of land and where he has continued to live up to the present time.
Mr. Clark was married in 1867 to Miss Martha Sunderland, a daughter of William and Marinda (Miller) Sunderland.
Her father was born in Ohio and her mother's birth occurred in Indiana in 1830. Their marriage was solemnized in
the Hoosier state and to their union were born two children: Julia E., whose birth occurred in Indiana on the 12th
of June, 1848; and Martha J., who was born in Iowa on the 5th of April, 1850. Mr. Sunderland passed away while
Mrs. Clark was a small child and his wife died in 1896. Mrs. Clark was educated in this county and remained at
home until her marriage. She has become the mother of the following children: Ernest E., who was born on the 23d
of April, 1869, and who married Miss Cora Argabright; Owen Otis, born November 23, 1871, who married Miss Odell;
Frank Oliver, whose birth occurred on the 13th of September, 1872, and who now resides in Oklahoma; James E., born
October 19, 1876, who married Lola Henry and resides in Knoxville, Iowa; Minnie, deceased; Chester E., who was
born September 3, 1880, and married Miss Mittie Currie; Pearl, deceased; Maude E., who was born May to, 1887, and
is at home; Walter E., who died at the age of nineteen years; and Ruth Esther, born February 25, 1890.
Mr. Clark is a democrat and is interested in all that has to do with the community advancement and progress. Fraternally
he belongs to the Woodmen of the World and to the Ancient Order of United Workmen at Verdon, Nebraska. His religious
belief is indicated by his membership in the Congregational church. While living in Nebraska he engaged in farming
and stock raising on quite an extensive scale and his labors in earlier years made him financially independent,
so that since coming to Knoxville he has lived practically retired. Those who have the privilege of his intimate
acquaintance value highly his friendship and esteem him as a man of unimpeachable integrity.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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