Biography of Garry D. Clark
Marion County, IA Biographies





GARRY D. CLARK.
For the past seven years Garry D. Clark has resided at Knoxville, having retired from the active cultivation of his farm, which is located five miles from the city. He was born in Humboldt county, Iowa, October to, 1857, a son of Albert B. and Elizabeth (Decker) Clark, both of whom were natives of Ohio. The father was born in Marion county, that state, in January, 1832, a son of Garry and Salina (Holcomb) Clark, both natives of Hartford, Connecticut, whence they removed to Marion county, Ohio, at an early day in the history of that state. There both passed to their reward. The father, who was a farmer and cabinetmaker by occupation, died in 1857, when over fifty one years of age, as his birth occurred November 5, 1805. He was married in June, 1828, at Hartford, Connecticut. Both he and his wife were for many years members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he was for a long time superintendent of the Sunday school. His wife died in Columbus, Ohio, about 1901 at the age of ninety four years.

Albert B. Clark was reared near Bucyrus, Ohio, and in 1854 came to Iowa, first locating in Marshall county. Shortly afterward, he removed to Humboldt county, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land and where he erected two houses, one in town and the other upon his farm. After spending about a year there he returned to Ohio at the time of his father's death. On again coming to Iowa he made the trip alone and located in this county. He is a cabinetmaker, as was his father before him, and also a carpenter and joiner, and among other things has made many fine coffins. He was early convinced of the value of land and at different times has owned several hundred acres. He purchased a farm in this county soon after the Civil war and lived there for several years. He owned a residence in Knoxville and also one in the country, but for several years past has made his home with his son, Garry D., as he is eighty three years of age. In addition to following his trade he engaged in the nursery business for a number of years, dealing especially in trees. He is a Methodist in religious faith and has conformed his life to the teachings of that faith. His personal habits have always been most exemplary as he has never smoked, chewed, used liquor in any form nor been profane in his language. His wife passed away on the loth of February, 1886, on a farm in Knoxville township, when more than fifty years of age. To their union were born two sons: J. B., a farmer in Knoxville township; and Garry D., of this review.

Albert B. Clark cast his first ballot for the candidates of the whig party but in 1856, at the time of the organization of the republican party, he voted for John C. Fremont and has since given his allegiance to that organization. He served as road supervisor and acceptably discharged the duties devolving upon him in that connection. He was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church and has never departed therefrom, being a consistent member of the local church of that denomination.

Garry D. Clark was educated in the common schools of this county and after arriving at years of maturity he gave his time and attention largely to the work of farming. In 1887 he bought one hundred acres five miles southwest of Knoxville and successfully operated it until 1907, when he retired to Knoxville and in 1910 he sold his farm. He has several residence properties in Knoxville which now require his time and attention as he leases them. He raised stock as well as cereals and was very successful in his undertakings, being progressive and energetic in his work.

In 1881, at Clinton, Vermilion county, Indiana, Mr. Clark was united in marriage with Miss Martha Shew, a native of Edgar county, Illinois, born in 1858, and a daughter of Joel and Lillie J. (Simpson) Shew. Her father was for many years engaged in the grocery business and her mother conducted a millinery shop. About 1863 they removed to Vermilion county, Indiana, and resided there during the remainder of their lives. The father eventually retired from the grocery business because of ill health. His parents were early residents of Indiana, removing there from North Carolina. His father preempted land which was rich in coal near the site of the town of Bunson. He was a native of Germany but came to America in young manhood. Joel Shew lived to be almost ninety years of age for he passed away March 25, 1906, and was born September 23, 1817. His wife survives and is seventy four years of age as she was born in 1840. She is a member of the United Brethren church and highly esteemed in her community. They had three daughters and one son, namely: Mrs. Clark; William H., the owner of a meat market in Clinton, Indiana; Mrs. Thomas Campbell, the wife of one of the prominent men of Clinton, Indiana, who has extensive real estate interests and is active in the Business Men's Association; and Mrs. Emma Van Gundy, a widow residing in Pittsburgh, Kansas. Her husband was an attorney and she was the successful candidate for the office of district clerk of Crawford county, Kansas, in the election of 1914. She is an expert stenographer and has considerable knowledge of legal forms.

To Mr. and Mrs. Clark have been born two children. Mrs. Edith Brown is a widow and resides at home. She engaged in the millinery business at Harding, Nebraska, for a time, and for several years worked in stores in Knoxville. She has a son, Kenneth Brown, who was born in May, 1906, and is also living with Mr. and Mrs. Clark. Gertrude, the second daughter, is the wife of Earl Sutherland, of Knoxville, by whom she has a son, Corwin, born in 1909.

Mr. Clark is a republican and firmly supports the principles of that party. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and both he and his wife belong to the Rebekahs. Both of his daughters are also members of the Rebekahs and the Pythian Sisters. He and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and take a great interest in the advancement of its work. Their home is at No. 422 Robinson street, and their friends often gather there and are hospitably welcomed.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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