Biography of Elbert W. Clark, Jr.
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Elbert W. Clark, Jr., conducting a lumber yard in Grinnell, is accounted one of the leading and progressive business men of the city, and his life record indicates what may be accomplished when determination, energy and laudable ambition constitute the founation for success. He was born here on the 28th of February, 1880, a son of Dr. Elbert W. Clark, of whom extended mention is made elsewhere in this volume. He was one of the best loved citizens of Grinnell, not alone because of his professional skill in the practice of medicine, but also because of his ready sympathy and his kindly assistance whenever aid was needed.

Under the parental roof Elbert W. Clark, Jr., spent his youthful days, his time being largely given to the acquirement of an education in the public schools, and later in Iowa College of this city, from which he was graduated with the class of 1900, winning the degree of Bachelor of Science. There was no intermediate period between his school days and his entrance into business life, for when he put aside his text books he at once sought employment and secured a position in the lumber yard of Carney Brothers, with whom he remained a year and a half. Later, in association with E. B. Brande, he purchased a half interest in the business that belonged to W. J. Carney, the senior member of the firm, at which time the style of the business was changed to Carney, Brande & Clark. This was on the 1st of February, 1902. Under this organization the business was conducted for five years, during which time Mr. Clark, had charge of the yard, and in that capacity learned all of the details of the lumber business. At the end of that time he and J. L. Fellows purchased the interests of Mr. Carney and Mr. Brande and the style of the firm became Clark & Fellows, February 1, 1907. This partnership relation was maintained for two years.

Mr. Clark is today one of the best informed men concerning lumber in this section of the state and he has displayed skill and ability as a manager. On the 1st of February, 1909, he purchased his partner's interest in the business, since which time he, has conducted his lumber yard independently. For the past three years he has also operated a branch yard at Vancleve, Iowa, and in Grinnell is known as the president of the Grinnell Planing Mill Company and also as a member of the board of directors of the People's Light & Fuel Company. He possesses that keen insight into business affairs which, for want of a better term, has been called commercial sense. His plans are carefully made and then forcefully executed and what he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion.

On the loth of April, 1904, Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Ada Valleau, of Grinnell, a daughter of Mrs. Angie Valleau of this city, and they now have one son, E. W. Clark III. In politics Mr. Clark is an earnest republican, but not an office seeker. Fraternally he is connected with Grinnell Lodge, No. 58, I. O. O. F. and with Marshalltown Lodge, No. 312, B. P. O. E. He is a charter member of Poweshiek Club and both he and his wife hold membership in the Congregational church. Having spent his entire life in Grinnell, he is very widely known and the many sterling qualities of character which he has developed has made him a popular citizen as well as a progressive, enterprising and prosperous business man.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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