Biography of Charles Clark
Winona County, MN Biographies

CHARLES CLARK was born in Delaware county, New York, August 15, 1838, and received a limited common school education. His father moved to Wisconsin, and kept a dairy for several years, and then to Pleasant Hill, Minnesota, in 1855, and bought out the claim of Hosea Raymond, and moved into the claim shanty 12 x 16 feet, without roof; floor, door or window. Here he lived with his widowed daughter and her three children (making a family of nineteen souls) from September 1 till November 1. While in this crowded and exposed condition no less than nine of the family had the ague at one time. Charles Clark was married to Eliza Johnson in 1861, and the next year he worked his father's farm, and in the early winter he moved to the city of Winona and followed teaming through the winter. In the spring he moved on eighty acres north of his father's and went to fanning. He has cleared and improved his farm until at present (1882) there only remains four or five acres of unredeemed land upon his eighty. Mr. Clark has suffered considerable loss in stock; having lost seven or eight head of horses at different times, some of them valued at $200 to $300. He has a family of six children: the eldest, Olive M. is married to the only son of Samuel W. Spalding. The rest are with their parents in the enjoyment of peace and plenty.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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