Biography of W. J. Wark
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





W. J. Wark, proprietor of Wark's Faultless Dry Cleaning Company, Salem, ranks among the prominent and successful business men of Columbiana County. He was born at Tiona, Pa., June 10, 1884, the son of W. S. and Mary (Austin) Wark.

W. S. Wark was born in Ireland and came to this country when 25 years of age. He was interested in the oil business until his retirement a number of years ago. He now resides at Long Beach, Calif., but still has a number of real estate and business interests. Mr. Wark is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. His wife died in 1891. They had three sons: W. J., the subject of this sketch; Robert, lives at Marietta, Ohio; and Stephen, deceased.

W. J. Wark spent his boyhood at Marietta, Ohio, attended the public schools and in 1910 engaged in the dry cleaning business at Lorain, Ohio, where he remained until 1915. He has since been located at Salem. The Wark Faultless Dry Cleaning Company, one of the largest establishments of its kind in the state, employs approximately 15 people and operates three trucks. The company renders high class service at reasonable prices and in connection with the dry cleaning department, carries on a general dyeing and repair business.

Mr. Wark was married on Oct. 24, 1903 to Miss Eurinia Pickens of Marietta, Ohio, and they have three children: Mildred, deceased; Elsie, a graduate of Salem High School, now a student at Penn Hall School, Chambersburg, Pa.; and William Lee, born in 1921.

The Wark family holds membership in the Methodist Church and Mr. Wark is a member of the Salem Country Club, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. He is a 32nd degree Mason and belongs to Al Koran Shrine, Cleveland.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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