Biography of John R. Clark


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Clark, John R., was born at Plattsburg, N. Y., July 13, 1842, and is the second child and son in a family of six children of Alexander and Belinda (Brown) Clark. His father was a native of New York State and was engaged in the milling business in Plattsburg where he located about 1840. In 1845 he removed to the town of De Kaib, St. Lawrence county, and located on a farm just on the edge of the village of Richville. He continued farming until his death in 1884, having resided on his original purchase in De Kaib for almost forty years. Our subject's early education was obtained at the district schools of De Kaib and he also was a student at the Belleville High school which is located in the town of Ellisburgh, N. Y. In 1865 he commenced his mercantile life by becoming a clerk in the general store of Wheeler & Hayes at Three Mile Bay, Jefferson county, N Y., in whose employ he remained five years. He then opened a general store for himself at Lisbon Center, N. Y., where he continued in business till 1875 when he removed to Depauville in the town of Clayton. He carried on business at this point for a period of twelve years when he disposed of his business and engaged in other pursuits till 1889 when he opened a grocery store in the public square in Watertown. He removed to his present location on the public square about five years ago and by hard work and honorable dealings has acquired a large and influential patronage. His present wife is Lottie May, daughter of William and Lucinda Beardsell. She is of English parentage. They have two children: Brayton G. and Arthur J. He has always been a Republican but has never been aspirant for political honors. He is a member of Court Stella, No. 1985 of the I. O. F.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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