|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1847, Canada|
|Death: ||Nov. 28, 1923|
John M. Clark, 406 Avon street, civil war veteran, former alderman from the old seventh ward and resident of Rockford for 66 years, died yesterday morning. He was born in Canada, Dec. 23, 1847 and came to the United States with his parents when he was 2 years old, the family locating in Elyria, Ohio. When 10 years old he came to Rockford which has been his home since.
Enlists When 16
Though only 16 years old when the civil war broke out. Mr. Clark enlisted int the Twelftth Illinois cavalry and served most of 4 years with the union forces on the Missouri border.
Following the war he worked as a machinest for the Clark & Utter manufacturing company for several years, put past most of his years in the manufacture of soft drinks. He was a member of the Forest City band when it led the Rockford Rifles on their famous trip through the south, when armed northern men crossed the Mason & Dixons line for the first time since the rebellion. In 1880. He delighted to hunt and fish and was a patron of all cleanly conducted sports.
Last of His Family;
He served as alderman of the old seventh ward in the city council from 1899 to 1904 with marked credit to himself and to the advantage of the municipality. He was the last member of his immediate family, but several distant relatives reside in Canada.
John M. Clark was square with himself and all mankind. He never evaded an issue or lied. He looked the whole world in the face without fear and without reproach, clad in the armor of honesty and sincerity. He was just and careful in his judgements, but he was tenacious of his opinions and his face was always towards the right as it was given to him to see it. He was genial and kindly with all, one of natures nobleman, who knew only the upright way of meeting every situation. He was a splendid example of the patriotic and substantial citizen.
Created by: JNM
Record added: Nov 11, 2012
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