Abram B. Clark - One of the progressive and highly successful business men of Minetto was Abram B. Clark, who
was identified with the firm of Clark Brothers, dealers in lumber, builders' supplies, coal, hardware, etc. He
was born at Oswego, Aug. 3, 1874, the son of Hiram and Martha (Lee) Clark.
Hiram Clark, who died in 1892, was a native of Oswego. His wife, born in Oswego County, died in 1908. Throughout
his life he was interested in farming and was especially interested in fruit fanning. He was a Republican and held
membership in the West Baptist Church of Oswego. To Mr. and Mrs. Clark were born seven children, as follows: 1.
Anna Smith, lives at Detroit, Mich. 2. Agnes, who died in 1896. 3. Abram B., the subject of this sketch. 4. Alice
Welling, lives at Syracuse. 5. Alvin A., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. 6. James, lives in
the West. 7. Julia, who died in infancy.
Abram B. Clark was reared and educated in Oswego. For 14 years he was employed by the Rathbun Lumber Company, of
Oswego, and then spent five years with the Post & Henderson Lumber Company. In September, 1909, he became interested
in business in partnership with his brother, Alvin A. Clark, and at that time the business of Clark Brothers was
organized. Their plant occupies an acre of land on Benson Street at the D. L. & W. Railroad, and they have
a well established business. They are members of the New York State Coal Dealers Association and the New York State
Builders Supply Association.
On Oct. 25, 1898, Mr. Clark was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude Dutcher, of Oswego, the daughter of Lewis
and Carrie (Horton) Dutcher. Mr. Dutcher died in 1896 and his widow lives at Oswego. To Mr. and Mrs. Clark were
born four children: 1. Lillian, born in 1899, married Frank Norris, lives at Oswego. They have six children: Stella,
Dorothy, Helen, Jane, Kethia, and Francis. 2. Floyd, born in 1901, married Frances Robarge, lives at Minetto. They
have two sons: Floyd, Jr., and Donald. 3. Harold, born in 1906, married Miss Mildred French, of Minetto. They live
at Minetto. 4. Ralph, born in 1913, attends Oswego High School.
In politics Mr. Clark was identified with the Republican party. He held membership in the West Baptist Church,
and belonged to Oswego Lodge F. & A. M., No. 127. He also served as a member of the Minetto School Board for
Mr. Clark lived on his farm of 27 acres, located near Minetto, from January, 1912, until his death, Oct. 12, 1931.
Mrs. Clark still lives on the home place. He was interested in the raising of flowers and shrubbery on this fine
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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