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Dexter Byron Clark
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Birth: Aug. 15, 1850
Cedar Rapids
Linn County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1947
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Dexter Clark was brought to California by his parents, John Clark and Susanna Ellen Parker Clark, in 1851. They came by wagon train as part of the gold rush. His mother died on the way west. He and his sister were cared for by friends of his father. He lived much of his growing up years with the friends in San Diego, while his father looked for gold. His father remarried and he had a half brother. In 1860 his father and stepmother and his sister Jennette and brother Ruben were on a census in northern California. His father left the family during the Civil War and joined the army.

Jennette Clark married young. In his early 20s Dexter and his father and half brother went to Arizona while his stepmother stayed with her married daughter's family. In Arizona Dexter was a part of a patrol bringing settlers to safety. During a skirmish with the Apache he was shot in the wrist by an arrow. His rifle was raised and the arrow went past his head to hit his wrist. While in Arizona his horse fell on him and crushed his leg. A doctor wanted to take off his leg and he took out his gun and told the doctor to set the leg or else.

In the 1880s he moved to Snohomish Washington along with his father stepmother and brother. There he married. Dexter and his wife had five children, but his wife died young of TB. His two older boys, Burt and George stayed with him. Dexter married his brother's widow. She had a son named Guy. His oldest daughter, Mabel, was raised by her mother's parents and his youngest son, two year old Lew Wallace, died in care. Mabel married but she and her husband lived on a houseboat in the sound and were lost during a big storm.

The youngest of all my grandmother Grace was raised by a family named Adam. She grew up thinking they were her parents.

Dexter and his second wife and three boys lived on an island in the sound where he would take out a boat and round up shingle bolts, logs that had floated loose. He could get money for them. They lived in the woods and Dexter ran a trap line and later managed a stage stop near Grants Pass Oregon. Dexter liked living in remote places. His second wife was very unhappy.

Burt didn't get along with his stepmother and decided to run away with his brother. When Dexter found his boys packing to leave he told them to wait up and he packed up and went with them. They never saw Guy or his mother again. Dexter and his sons lived all over the northwest.

By WW1 they had moved to Lakeside California. Burt joined the army and George joined the Navy. After the war George came down with TB and died in Arizona. By the time Dexter was in his 80s his crushed leg gave out and he was on crutches until the end of his life. He lived to be 97 years old.

Grandpa Clark played his radio very loud. He listened to the war news and when music came on he changed the station or turned the radio off. I remember him scolding my sister and I away from his flag iris blooms...we wanted to pick them.
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Matilda Greenwood Clark (1870 - 1898)
 
 Children:
  Burt Byron Clark (1891 - 1976)*
  George Dexter Clark (1893 - 1921)*
  Grace Winifred Clark Dotolo (1898 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Memorial Park
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Lot 168 Grave 1
 
Created by: Dorothy Combs
Record added: May 20, 2013
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