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John Bennington Clark
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Birth: Dec. 2, 1847
Franklin
Johnson County
Indiana, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1940
Bemidji
Beltrami County
Minnesota, USA

John B. Clark was born at Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana in 1847, and the following year his parents moved the family to Wisconsin. From John's memoire, "they were six weeks on the road, and took a homestead about twelve miles north of Madison, the present state capital. My parents traveled into the new country where there were no roads or bridges, and camped in the open in the cold April rains. They came through Chicago, which was a small village, and father was offered an eighty acre tract there at $1.25 per acre, but found it was so wet that there was hardly a place they could build a house on, so came on to Wisconsin and settled on a good piece of land... I first came to Minnesota in 1876, to work in the harvest near Austin, and liked the country there, but had no means to secure land at the time, and went back to Wisconsin. I came to Norman County, in the Red River Valley, 1880, and took a homestead 14 miles east of Ada, and left there in 1900 after being hailed out 3 years in succession, and came to Blackduck in the spring of 1900. When I first came to Blackduck, I kept a hotel for several years, and also worked at the carpenter trade, and helped build the High School Building there. I bought a lot east of the High School and built a house on it. I also built a house for my oldest son, M.A. Clark, who became Judge of Probate for Beltrami County after "Pap" Carson died, and servved twelve years, and a house for my son-in-law, J.C. Jones. After residing some years in Blackduck, I took a homestead in Pinetop township, Koochiching County, and lived there about 25 years. I cleared considerable there, and was getting along well until my house burned and we lost everything we had, including my papers, among them the discharge from th army, where I had served a short time during the last year of the war between the states. After the fire I became sick with an abscess at the base of my head, and the Masonic Lodge, of which I was a member, sent me to the hospital in Bemidji. It was pronounced incurable, but I am still living after a short period out west and in Canada.
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John B. Clark passed away at the Old Folks Home on Friday morning. He spent most of his life in Northern Minnesota. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. J. C. Jones, of Alberta, Canada, and one son, M. A. Clark of New York, who was here at the time of his father's death. (Northland Times)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Patterson Clark (1808 - 1889)
  Eliza Letitia Homes Clark (1815 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Idelle A Bullock Clark (1855 - 1928)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Byron Clark (1878 - 1936)*
  Eva Eliza Clark Jones (1884 - 1942)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Jane Clark (1843 - 1920)*
  Rebecca Ann Clark (1845 - 1866)*
  John Bennington Clark (1847 - 1940)
  Eliza Letita Clark Grainger (1853 - 1893)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Northome
Koochiching County
Minnesota, USA
 
Maintained by: Deb
Originally Created by: Cecelia McKeig
Record added: Jan 16, 2013
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John Bennington Clark
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- Deb
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