Biography of Charles M. Clark
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





CHARLES M. CLARK, wool merchant. Springfield; is one of the old residents of Clark County, having resided here from his infancy; he was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, in 1808; his parents, James and Martha Clark, were natives of Virginia and removed to this county about 1811, settling in what is now Moorefield Township. The subject of this sketch remained with his parents during his youth; they being poor, could not give him any start in life, but, being ambitious, he started for himself, without means, and soon saved enough to get a horse and saddle, which, with a little money, formed the capital with which he commenced a remarkable career as a stock dealer and wool buyer, for, although he began poor in purse, by honest effort he won friends, and, by energy and care in business, had accumulated about $25,000 previous to his marriage, which occurred in 1846. and he continued to enlarge his business operations until the "Foos failure," which involved him and swept away a good fortune; but still he is now in good circumstances, and the firm of which he is a member handled about 125,000 pounds of wool the past season. He owns a handsome residence property on East High street, No. 359, which he purchased in 1869, and which has been his family residence since 1870, his former residence being on a farm of 240 acres in Moorefield Township, which he still owns, and also owns another tract of 200 acres in the same neighborhood. He formerly kept large numbers of cattle, and was the prime mover in forming the company which made the first and only direct importation of fine stock from England to this county; he at one time owned the finest herd of shorthorns in this part of the State, and was prominent in getting up the great stock show here; but of late years, he has turned his attention to sheep, and feeds large numbers each winter for the spring market. In his younger days, Mr. Clark was a very active, public spirited citizen: he was the largest stockholder residing in this county of the first banking association formed here, and continued to hold his stock until the misfortune before referred to compelled him to sell his stock to maintain his integrity, which was his only capital in the beginning. He was also active and prominent in forming the agricultural society, and took an active interest in the society for many years. His wife, Flora, nee Foley, is a daughter of Absalom Foley; her father's family were also among the early settlers of Moorefield Township. Mr. and Mrs. Clark are the parents of ten children; a daughter died in infancy, and one son, William C., died in his 22d year; four sons and four daughters are living, and all are at home.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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