SAMUEL CLARK, retired grocer. Springfield. The venerable and prepossessing form and features of Samuel Clark
are like household words, familiar to all. In Mr. Clark is found a fine illustration of a well rounded, creditable
career and an honorable life, prolonged to a ripe old age, still in the full possession of clear and acute faculties.
Mr. Clark was born "in the year one" (1801), in Moaningliar Co., W.Va., and came to Springfield in the
spring of 1849. Miss Hannah May, whom he married in 1825, came from Butler Co., Ohio, but was born in Warren County;
them only son, John H. Clark, born in Butler County. married Miss Lottie Dike, of Piqua, a lovely and accomplished
woman, who has borne him one son. Mr. Clark was for many years prominent here in the grocery trade, from which
he retired several years ago, having accumulated considerable wealth, and is now enjoying, in quiet ease, the fruits
of his efforts of former years. Mr. Clark is a consistent and honored member of the Second Presbyterian Church.
An incident related by Mr. Clark aptly illustrates the growth of Springfield industries and the thrift that follows
continued effort in the right direction. He says Mr W N Whiteley, of the firm of Whiteley, Fassler & Kelly,
millionaire manufacturers, little more than a score of years ago came into his (Mr. Clark's) store and asked him
to step into his little shop and see a new reaper he had made; complying, Mr. Whiteley pulled. it around over the
floor of the contracted shop and endeavored to illustrate its excellences, but made no very strong impression on
Mr. Clark's mind. But Mr. Whiteley persevered, and 101 now the Champion works employ hundreds of thousands of capital,
thousands of men, and their business is reckoned by millions of dollars. So much for Davy' Crockett's maxim!
History of Clark County, Ohio
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Clark County, Ohio
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