Biography of Amos F. Clark
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Clark, Amos F., Norfolk, was born in Gilsum, Cheshire county, N. H., March 19, 1825. He is a son of Joseph, son of Jonathan Clark, a native of Massachusetts, born in 1758, who removed to Gilsum, N. H., where he died in 1830. His wife was Delia Thompson, a native of Massachusetts by whom he had three sons and five daughters Mrs. Clark died December 5, 1819. Joseph Clark was born in Gilsum. June 25, 1802, and married January 2, 1824 in Gilsum, Rizpah Field of Surrey, N. H., born March 20, 1802, by whom he had seven sons and three daughters. Mr. Clark came to Norfolk in the spring of 1836, and settled on a farm at Raymondsville. He built a wagon shop, where ho carried on business for many years, being in partnership with our subject for a number of years. He was a Demociat in politics, and was overseer of the poor several years. He died in Raymondsville, February 15, 1878. and his wife July 27, 1877. Amos F. Clark was reared on a farm and edueated in the common schools and the academy at Raymondsville. He served an apprenticeship in the wagon shop of his father, for whem he worked until twenty two years of age, when he became a partner, continuing in business until 1850, (January 1) when he married Clarissa Carpenter, a native of Washington, Vt., and daughter of Jesse Carpenter. Mr. Clark and wife had three children Kate R., deceased wife of Fred R. Smith, editor of the Norwood News. She died March 4, 1879, aged twenty seven years; George A., born in Rayrnondsville in 1855, a farmer of Norfolk, who married Carrie Stearns, a native of Louisville, N. Y., by whom he has four daughters. Mrs. Clark died in March, 1892: and Fred H., born July 18, 1802, who died October 13, 1883. In March, 1851, Mr. Clark went to California, and engaged in mining, where he remained about a year, when he returned to Norfolk and engaged in contracting and building. He also carried on a lumber business at Raymondsville, and in 1854 returned to California and followed mining and saw milling. After four years he returned to Norfolk, remaining until 1862, when he again went to California, and in June of that year he took passage in the Golden Gate wluch burned on the Coast of Mexico, and Mr. Clark was landed by a small boat about ninety miles below the harbor of Manzanillo, in the wilderness. His brother, Edwin J., who was sick, was with him, and they barely escaped' with their lives, losing $7,500 in gold. During the last twenty five years Mr. Clark has been engaged in the farming and nursery business, and makes a specialty of breeding Holstein cattle and Shropshire sheep. He at present owns 175 acres of land, about fifteen acres of which is nursery. He makes a specialty of apples and has a dairy of twenty cows. For the past twenty five years he has been engaged in selling agricultural implements.

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