|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1840|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1939|
Obit - Frankfort Times, Jul 22 1939, p.1
Cyrus Clark, 99, oldest citizen of Clinton Co and last surviving member of the Stone River post, Grand Army of the Republic, passed away shortly after midnight this morning at the Jane Kinsey Nursing Home, 306 S. Jackson St. His death was attributed to general debility. For a number of years he had made his home with his three children, and had been in unusually good health, but despite his advanced years his death came as a shock to his many friends. He was taken to the nursing home olny last Wed. Immediate survivers are a daughter, Mrs Edward A. Stinson, 801 Alhambra Ave, & two sons, Elmer S. Clark, 709 Alhambra Ave. of Frankfort and Jason Clark os Tippecanoe Co. He was not a native of Frankfort, having come from PA, but for 87 years he has continually resided in Frankfort or near the city. He has been actively identified with its progress, serving it as mayor in the early days and later as a county official. He was an organizer and charter member of Stone River Post G.A.R., saw membership roster grow to nearly 500 in number then decline until he alone remained alive. He has been teacher, farmer, soldier, politician, mortician, furniture merchant and a few other professions and avocations in the busy 99 years. Mr. Clark was the son of Nathan and Elizabeth Clark and was born Juniata, Co., PA Apr 18 1840. His parents were hardy farmers, immigrating to Clinton Co and settling north of Frankfort now east of the village of Moran, when Cyrus was 12 yearsof age. He worked on his father's farm through several summers and winters and became a school teacher before he was 21 years of age. His last school was the Clinton-Carroll county line, north of the village of Sedalia. War clouds were hovering over the nation as one winter school term drew towards a close. In the fall of 1861 at Lafayette, he enlisted in Co C of the 10th IND Inf. The company was composed of Clinton Co young men in majority and under the command of Capt James H. Boyle, of Michigantown. The company suffering a number of casualties, served the duration of the war and was mustered out in Indianapolis in the late fall of 1864. He returned to Clinton Co and resumed his work on the farm. Three years later he was united in marriage with Laura J. Pierce, who died 6 years later. In the fall of 1868 Mr Clark was named a deputy in the office of auditor, serving under James V. Knight, a Baptist minister. Mr. Knight's term of office expired a year later. However, Wm. A. Ghere was elected to the office and appointed Mr. Clark as deputy. Three years later Mr. Ghere died and Mr. Clark was named by the commissioners to complete the unexpired term. A year later in 1874 he was candidate for the office, running on the Democrat ticket. Elected he served for 4 years. After leaving the office of auditor, he engaged in the undertaking and furniture business, being located on North Main St., on the site now occupied by the building adjoining the Shafor building ablock north of the Merritt drug store. He accepted the nomination for mayor on the Democrat ticket in 1882, the year the present courthouse was being built, and his election made him the town's first Democrat mayor.
Mr. Clark's 2nd wife, who was Julia Ann Steele Jenkins died in 1926. His keenest interes in his later years was in attending the local post of the GAR which he helped to found and until recently took great joy in attending special meetings as a special guest of Spanish-American War veterans. Only last summer he was a guest of the government at the annual Bluy-Gray reunion at Gettysburg, PA. Friends of "Uncle Cy" and that includes almost every man, woman and child of Clinton Co, will regret to learn of his passing, but may find consolation in the fact that he enjoyed nearly 100 years of healthy active living. His body was taken to the Goodwin funeral home, where it will be perpared for burial and will remain until funeral arrangements are complete.
Frankfort Times, July 23, 1939, p.1:
Funeral services for Cyrus Clark, venerable citizen and oldest resident who died Friday will be held from the Goodwin funeral home on Monday afternoon at 2:00. Dr. Charles C. Ford of the Methodist church will be in charge and burial will be in Bunnell cemetery......
Matthew Stewart Clark (1800 - 1870)
Elizabeth A. McFeaters Clark (1798 - 1874)
Julia A. Jenkins Clark (1848 - 1926)*
John Irwin Clark (1830 - 1905)*
Matthew Stewart Clark (1835 - 1924)*
Cyrus Clark (1840 - 1939)
Plot: Lot 487 3 1900
Created by: Uncle Bob
Record added: May 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70098026