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James Clark was born in Boston, Lincoinshire, England, May 25, 1831, a son of James and Hannah (Easton) Clark,
both of whom died in England. He was married Nov. 27. 1855, to Anna Jones, born in Essex County, England, in September,
1830, a daughter of Edward and Anna (Higgins) Jones, both dying in the old country. To Mr. and Mrs. Clark have
been born eight children, of whom only three survive, Nellie, born June 28, 1862; Adam, April 10, 1865, and Walter,
Feb. 11, 1870. The first three children died in infancy; Margaret died in 1872, aged five years; and Charles C.
died at the age of three years. Mr. Clark came to America in 1851, landing in New York, May 20, and shortly after
came to La Salle City, Ill. He first worked for farmers, harvesting and ditching, and afterward commenced mining
coal at La Salle for Mr. Hardy, which he followed at that place about two years. He then leased forty acres of
land three miles north of La Salle, and engaged in mining for himself which he followed till the summer of 1855,
employing about ten men in winter and two during the summers. He then traded his interests for 160 acres of land
in Lee County, Ill., but he never moved on his land. In the fall of 1855 he commenced mining on John Kirkpatrick's
land, in partnership with Joseph Shurvinton, and a year later Mr. Shurvin ton sold his interests to Neal Blair,
who continued with Mr. Clark for two years, when the latter sold out to Mr. Blair. Mr. Clark then bought twenty-eight
acres on section 8, Deer Park Township, and since 1858 he has been engaged in mining during the winters and part
of the summers at this place. In 1882 he formed a partnership with Edwin Wiswall to manufacture tile. which they
have since followed in the summer months. In politics Mr. Clark is a Republican. He is a member of the Congregational
church. He has served as School Director for three years.
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