Biography of M. J. Clarke
Madison County, NY Biographies





Clarke, M. J., one of the leading business men of Hamilton, was born in Earlville, N. Y., June 14, 1863, and educated in the Earlville schools. He remained at home on the farm until twenty one years of age, when he moved to Hamilton and purchased the mail and passenger stage route to Poolville and the D. L. & W. Railroad; he next purchased the baggage express and bus business in Hamilton and conducted that for a year. He then purchased the new rink building and converted it into a livery and sale stable, which was destroyed by fire on February 19, 1895, and replaced by a model brick structure with a basement the following year. He still retains the passenger express and baggage business with pleasure to himself, and a great accommodation to the resident and passenger public. Mr. Clarke is always one of the first to suggest and assist in all the village improvements, being assistant foreman in the Fountain Hose Co., and near by has the steamer at the fire in a moment's notice and the hydrants ready to turn on the flames in a few seconds after the tap of the fire bell. Socially, he is in with the boys in every good work for the npbuilding of humanity, being a member of Tuscarora Lodge, No. 669, I. O. O. F. and Wakesha Encampment No. 101; he is also a memher of Hamilton Hive No. 540, K. O. T. M.; Hamilton Lodge No. 208, A. O. U. W.; and Hamilton Grange No. 648, P. H. In December, 1883, Mr. Clarke married Hattie L. Wilcox of Earlville; they have one daughter, Lulu L., born in January, 1888. Mr. Clarke's parents, Whitman and Frances E. (Hitchcock) Clarke, and grandmother, Eliza C. Clarke, are still living. His grandfather, Whipple Clarke, a native of Rhode Island, came to this county in 1812 and was one of the pioneers of the county; he died at his home in Lebanon, March 28, 1888.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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