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Frederick "Fred" Clarke
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Birth: Jun. 12, 1862
Montreal Region
Quebec, Canada
Death: Nov. 19, 1890
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA

1890-11-19 - 28-05-07 = 1862-06-12

Crow Wing County marriage record A-377 on 07/19/1883: Clarke, Frederick & Dixon, Annie

1885 MN census for Brainerd, family #932:
Clarke, Frederick, 23, b. Canada
Clarke, Annie, 23, b. England
Clarke, Minnie, 6/12, b. Minn.

             An Unfortunate Accident
      Fred. Clark [sic], formerly a resident of this city, was shot at Mandan on Monday evening, and he died from the effects of the wound on Wednesday afternoon at the Sanitarium in this city. The shooting was an accident and occurred in a public hall in that city where a meeting was in progress to see what could be done to protect the city from the Indians during the recent scare in that region. The room was crowded and directly behind Mr. Clark [sic] was a man who had a 45-60 navy revolver in a belt strapped onto him, and in the crush the gun was displaced and fell onto the floor and was discharged, the ball striking the deceased below the shoulder blade and passed through his body diagonally coming out near the right breast. The wounded man was brought to the Brainerd sanitarium for medical treatment, but nothing could be done for him and he died on Wednesday afternoon. He was conscious up to Wednesday morning and rallied just before his death enough to take an affecting leave of his wife and children.
      The deceased was well known in this city where he lived for some years and was in the employ of the Northern Pacific, many of his relatives living here, among whom are George and John Clark [sic], brothers. A wife and four small children are left to mourn his death. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2:30 from the Baptist church. (Brainerd Dispatch, 21 November 1890, p. 4, c. 4) [Contributed by A. Nelson]

Frederick's wife died soon after, leaving the 4 daughters as orphans. In his "Bridges I Have Crossed" memoir, Robert Harshberger describes what happens to the children. Information below is supplemented by his son, Bruce.

Charlotte Clarke was adopted by John and Margaret Beck of Gibbon, MN, later of Brainerd. She married John Harshberger and had two children. She died Nov. 9, 1979 and is buried in Union Cemetery, Maplewood, MN.

Elsie Clarke married Henry Flug and raised a family in Wheeler, Wisconsin.

Ruth Clarke was adopted by the Kelly family and later lived in Wisconsin.

Minnie Clarke - nothing known.

1900 census entries:

{In the household of W.S. and Susanna (Clarke) Hills in Brainerd}
Clark, Minnie, niece, 16, b. Nov 1883 in Minn.
Clark, Elsie, niece, 12, b. Dec. 1887 in Minn.
{In the household of John and Margaret Beck in Long Lake Township, Crow Wing county}
Beck, Lottie, daughter, 9, b. Aug 1890 in N.D.
{Probable - In the household of Thomas and Mary Kelley in Minneapolis}
Kelley, Ruth, adopted daughter, 10, b. Jun 1889 in Minn.
Family links: 
  Henry Clarke (1832 - 1883)
  Ann Dixon Clarke (1835 - 1920)
  Charlotte Ann Harshberger (1890 - 1979)*
  Frederick Clarke (1862 - 1890)
  George H. Clarke (1868 - 1898)*
  Jessie Clarke (1874 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Nov. 19, 1890
28 Yrs. 5 M's
      7 D's
He is not dead
 but sleepeth
Evergreen Cemetery
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 13 Lot 23 SEC
Created by: John Van Essen
Record added: Mar 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86666820
Frederick Fred Clarke
Added by: Bruce Harshberger
Frederick Fred Clarke
Added by: John Van Essen
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My great grandfather - your daughter Ruth was my grandmother - God bless and rest in peace --
- Shirley Vail
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