Husband of Rachel Esther Wilson. Son of John Wood Clark and Emily Ellen Loy
THE CHARITON HERALD-PATRIOT Chariton, Iowa Thursday, December 25, 1913
PROMINENT MAN INSTANTLY KILLED
Will A. Clark Meets Death While Crossing Railroad Tracks Near His Home.
The citizens of this city and county were greatly shocked by the awful news that Will A. Clark, one of our most prominent and best known citizens, had been instantly killed on Sunday evening, December 21st, 1913.
He had been in town in the afternoon and was going to his home in the Spring Lake addition in south Chariton, carrying a sack of apples in one hand and some oysters in the other hand. As he neared the C.B.& Q. railroad crossing within a block of his home, he evidently did not notice the approach of the passenger train No. 4, which was just leaving town, and stepped onto the crossing directly in front of the train, which struck and killed him instantly, the body being carried several feet.
Mrs. W. E. Lewis and Miss Katharine Terrell were the only eye witnesses to the accident. The train was stopped at once and the body picked up and taken back to the depot, thence to the undertaker's, where it was prepared for burial and then removed to the family home.
On Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev. H. J. Bryce, were held at the First Baptist church, after which interment took place in the Salem cemetery south of this city. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful and bore testimony to the high regard in which deceased was held.
Will A. Clark was born in Chatham county, North Carolina, on December 9th, 1852. When but a small boy he moved to Johnson county, Iowa, where he grew to young manhood, and was educated in the common schools, later attending the Iowa Business college. He came to Lucas county about thirty-five years ago, and with the exception of a few years his life has been spent in our midst.
He was married here on July 13th, 1879, to Miss Rachel Wilson, who survives him. To them five children were born. One son died in infancy. Those living are Frank, of Des Moines, Harry, Cora and Jessie, of this city. He is also survived by four brothers and two sisters.
For thirty years he was engaged in the grocery business in Chariton, at the time of his death being associated with Mr. E. R. Broshar in the south side grocery. He was courteous and polite, believed in a square deal for all and was upright and honest. He was pleasant in manner and made warm friends of all with whom he came in contact.
His tragic death is deeply deplored, and the wife and children, who are almost prostrate with grief, will have the deep sympathy of the entire community.