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Samuel K. Clark

  • Birth 9 May 1858 Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 14 Mar 1933
  • Burial Dubois, Clark County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 18105106

Detailed information for Samuel Knowles Clark

ID: 22400
Last Name: Clark
First Name: Samuel Knowles
Age: 75
Gender: M
Cemetery: Dubois, Idaho
Birth Date: 9 May 1858
Birth Place: Cambridge, Ohio
Date Died: 14 Mar 1933
Death Place: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Father: John Clark
Mother: Mary Gillespie
Spouse: Elizabeth Robinson, md.
Sources: Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 15 Mar 1933, pg-1 & pg-3, and 16 Mar 1933, pg-3, and 17 Mar 1933, pg-3. McHan Mort., Rexburg Journal, Rexburg, Idaho, 7 Apr 1933, pg-4.
Remarks: McHan Mortuary, Rexburg, Idaho.

(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 3 by James H. Hawley 1920)

Hon. Samuel K. Clark is one of the most prominent cattlemen of the northwest, residing about nine miles west of Dubois and making daily trips to the town. He is conducting his operations under the firm style of Denning & Clark and they handle both cattle and sheep. There is no phase of the business with which Mr. Clark is not thoroughly familiar, and his sound judgment, enterprise and keen business sagacity have been potent factors in the attainment of notable success.

A native of Ohio, Samuel K. Clark was born in Cambridge, that state, in 1858, his parents being John and Mary Clark, who were natives of Ohio. The father spent his boyhood days in the Buckeye state, where he followed farming until his life's labors were ended in death. His wife passed away in November, 1916.

The youthful days of Samuel K. Clark were spent upon the home farm in Ohio and he early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. His educational training was received in the public schools and through vacation periods he worked in the fields and continued to assist his father until 1879, when, at the age of twenty years, he made his way to the west with Montana as his destination. There he was employed by leading cattlemen until 1896 and gained that broad experience which constitutes the safe foundation upon which he has since built up his fortunes. In 1896 he removed from Montana to Idaho, purchasing land in Fremont county, a part of which is now within the borders of Clark county. He became engaged in cattle' raising in connection with Pyke Brothers under the firm style of Pvke Brothers & Clark. This association was maintained for several years, when his partners sold out and James Denning became the business associate of Mr. Clark under the firm style of Denning & Clark. They own and operate fifteen thousand acres of land and are extensively engaged in running both cattle and sheep, having from twenty to thirty thousand head of sheep. They handle stock of high grade and are thus able to command the highest market prices. Mr. Clark was also one of the organizers of the Security State Bank of Dubois, now the First National Bank, and from the beginning has served as president of that institution, which has enjoyed continuous success, for it has ever carefully safeguarded the interests of depositors and has developed its business along most progressive lines. Mr. Clark also owns considerable town property in Dubois and an eighty acre tract west of the town. He is the owner of business property from which he derives a substantial annual income. He is likewise interested in the stock yards at West Chicago and is the owner of property in Chicago and in Montana.

Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Robinson and they became the parents of seven children. John R. was for some time engaged in farming independently in Clark county, spending five years in that way, but recently he joined his interests with those of his father and has charge of their ranches. He has recently sold eighteen hundred acres of dry and irrigated land and at a late date he has taken up bee culture and invested seven thousand dollars therein. For three years he and his father raised pure bred Hereford cattle on a nine hundred acre ranch in Montana, and he and his brother are now interested in the care of their father's sheep and the development of his flocks. On the 24th of December, 1911, John R. Clark was married to Miss Anna Robinson and to them have been born two children: Frances M., who was born August 24, 1914; and Coney Elizabeth, born in July, 1918. John R. Clark is now a young man of thirty-two years, his birth having occurred in Montana on the 1st of June, 1887. He was reared and educated in Fremont county, Idaho, where he has made his home throughout the greater part of his life. Like his father, he has won a most creditable position in the business and live stock circles of the northwest. Jane, the second member of the family, was born in December, 1890, and is the wife of Granville Gauchay, a rancher of Clark County. Thomas, born in 1893, is also interested with his father in the stock business. Coney, who was born in 1896, is the wife of Lee Hill, a resident of Pocatello, Idaho. Frances was accidentally killed by the kick of a horse when four years of age. Two other children of the family died in infancy.

Mr. Clark gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has been somewhat active in political circles. In 1917 he represented Fremont county in the state legislature. Fraternally he is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and with the Knights of the Maccabees, and his religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church. Something of his prominence is indicated in the fact that Clark county was named in his honor. While a most active and progressive business man, his interest in affairs of public moment is pronounced and his aid can always be counted upon to support those projects which are most worth while to the community. He belongs to the little group of distinctively representative business men who have been the pioneers in inaugurating and building up the sheep industry of this section of the country. He early had the sagacity and prescience to discern the eminence which the future had in store for this great and growing section, and acting in accordance with the dictates of his faith and judgment, he has garnered in the fullness of time the generous harvest which is the just recompense of indomitable industry, spotless integrity and marvelous enterprise.

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