Frank Scott Clark

Frank Scott Clark

Peru, Miami County, Indiana, USA
Death 26 Oct 1937 (aged 72)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Plot Lot 341, Rt 3
Memorial ID 15331263 · View Source
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Occupation: Noted photographer (professional portraiture) and fine art painter
Avocation: Belonged to numerous Detroit social & athletic clubs

Married (1): 1884, MARY EVELYN LEWIS, Michigan
Divorced: 1905, Michigan

Three children:
1. Florence Mildred CLARK
1887 – 1965
2. Edith Ethelyn CLARK
1889 – 1971
3. Frank Scott CLARK, Jr.
1892 – 1979

Married (2): May 7, 1908, MARY LOUISE FOSTER, Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan
No children

Oct 1937, Detroit Free Press:
FRANK SCOTT CLARK Detroit lost the dean of its photographers and one of the most widely known figures in its art circles when Mr. Clark died Tuesday morning at his home, 5108 Cass Ave., of a heart ailment from which he had been suffering for some time.

The Rt. Rev. Herman Page, D.D., Protestant Episcopal bishop of Michigan, and the Very Rev. Kirk B. O'Ferrall, D.D., dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, will conduct the funeral services in the home at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be at Battle Creek.

Since coming to Detroit in 1892, Mr. Clark's name had been inseparably associated with portrait photography here and his files contained negatives of most of the cities leading families.

He was born in Peru, Ind., Sept. 17, 1865, the son of the late Joseph and Anna Ward Clark. Both his paternal and maternal ancestors had figured prominently in the establishment and development of the Republic. His maternal Great-Grandfather was a major-general in the Revolutionary War and he was a direct descendant of Gen. George Rogers Clark, of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition.

Mr. Clark's boyhood ambition was to be a painter and he started as a sign and barn painter, a circumstance he often smilingly recalled in later life. Photography also interested him and he later combined the two, working for several years in New York with one of the leading photographers of that period.

Although he was most widely known for his photographic ability, Mr. Clark never lost his interest in painting and he was one of the chief organizers of the Scarab Club. He served as its president for many years and was known as "The King of the Scarabs." Some time ago he abandoned the lens for the brush and easel and the latter part of his life was spent painting wild flowers and wild life. His duck paintings have been hailed by naturalists for their detail and color.

In addition to the Scarab Club, he was a member of the Players, never missing their monthly frolics until his recent illness, and the Detroit Athletic Club, Oakland Hills Country Club, Boston Arts and the Detroit Boat Club.

Hs is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Foster Clark; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Kirby and Mrs. Norman R. Langley, and a son, Frank Scott Clark, Jr., all of Detroit.

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Gravesite Details Burial date 10/29/1937
  • Maintained by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Originally Created by: Debra Stanley
  • Added: 13 Aug 2006
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Scott Clark (17 Sep 1865–26 Oct 1937), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15331263, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .