Biography of Alfred M. Clark
Adams County, NE Biographies





Alfred Metcalfe Clark is now the oldest druggist in Hastings in years of continuous connection with the trade. His name is insepadrably associated with the commercial activity of the city, as enterprise and industry have brought him to a foremost position in the ranks of the leading business men of Adams county. He was born in Cass county, Illinois, March 16, 1862, his parents being Alfred M. and Nancy M. (Troutman) Clark. The father, who was a native of Wales, was bound out at the age of seven years and learned the tailor's trade. In the early '50s he became a resident of Illinois, removing from Kentucky to Jacksonville. He became the owner of farm lands in the latter state and at different periods he lived in Cass, Coles and Piatt counties, always following the occupation of farming and always taking an active and helpful interest in public affairs. He died in March, 1880, at the age of sixty five years and was long survived by his widow, who passed away in February, 1912, at the age of eighty six years.

Alfred M. Clark pursued his education in the district schools of Cass county, in a private school at Charleston, Illinois, and in the high school of that place. He received his professional training in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, in which he completed a course in January, 1880. He sawed wood at night and performed other humble labor that would enable him to earn money wherewith he meat the expenses of his pharmaceutical course. In 1880 he clerked in a drug store at Charleston, Illinois, and in 1882 removed to Arcola, that state, where he had charge of a drug business until 1885, when he removed to Hastings. Here he continued in the drug business and in 1892 formed a partnership with A. H. Farrens, that connecttion being maintained until June, 1893, since which time Mr. Clark has been alone in business. He has been associated with the trade longer than any other druggist of the city and he has a well appointed store on Second street, where he is accorded a liberal patronage. He has seen wonderful changes in the city, witnessing its growth along all lines of substantial improvement and development whereby it has become the attractive modern city of today. He is likewise interested in several other business enterprises of Hastings aside from his drug store and his activities have at all times been wisely and carefully directed.

In 1893 Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Florence Trout, of Arcola, Illinois, a daughter of D. S. Trout, a wagonmaker of that place and an active business man and public spirited citizen of the town. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have become parents of two children: Alfreda, who is attending Downer College at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Alfred Metcalfe, who is also in school.

Mr. Clark belongs to various fraternal organizations. He is an active member of the Knights of Pythias lodge of Hastings and became a charter member of the Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan. He is well known in Masonic circles, having attained the Knights Templar degree of the York Rite, and in the commandery he is an active worker, serving now as senior warden. He has also taken the Scottish Rite degrees and has held office in that branch of Masonry. He belongs also to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Mystic Legion of the Orient, in the organization of which he was a prime mover and in which he has been an active worker. He votes with the republican party but has never held political office. He has served as a member of the school board, however, and is interested in plans and movements for the public good, cooperating heartily and earnestly along lines leading to public benefit. The history of Hastings is largely familiar to him, for his mind bears the impress of its early historic annals, while with the passing years he has taken an active part in shaping the material development and progress of this portion of the state.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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