Horace Clark

Birth
Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 17 Nov 1913 (aged 94)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Memorial ID 47091167 · View Source
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Son of Col.Chester and Laura(Chatfield)Clark.
Married Mariette Watson 11 May 1841
Married Charlotte Mnu 1880.

HORACE CLARK, b. 01 Jul 1819, Skaneateles or Marcellus, Onondaga, NY; d. 17 Nov 1913, Oakland, Alameda, CA; m. (1) MARIETTE WATSON, 11 May 1841, Skaneateles, NY; his 1st mg; b. ca 1820, , NY; d. 26 Sep 1871, Oakland, Alameda, CA; m. (2) CHARLOTTE (MNU) CLARK, ca 1880, his 2nd mg; b. Apr 1826, , VT; d. 05 Feb 1883.



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Burial: Mountain View Cem., Oakland, Alameda, CA



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Burial: Oakland, Alameda, CA



Notes for HORACE CLARK:

Horace Clark was born 1 July 1819 in Shepard Settlement, Onondaga, NY, the Son of Chester Clark and Laura Chatfield. He attended the Shepard Settlement school.

Horace married Mariette Watson 11 May 1841. They lived in Syracuse, Onondaga, NY. He sold his land to Chester Clark, his Father, (deeds) and moved to CA in 1860. He established the first Republican newspaper in Alameda Co. at San Leandro, later known as The Oakland Daily News. He was connected with the Southern Pacific Company and worked for the railroad for several years. He was prominent in political circles and a member of the Know Nothing Party.

Horace Clark and his Wife had seven children. Frederick died young. Rosalie who married Ira Waring; Norman who died in infancy; Norman C.; Florence and Lillian.

Horace believed in exercise and was seen often riding his bicycle around town.

Mariette, Horace's Wife, died in 1871. He married his second Wife Charlotte about 1880.

Horace Clark died 17 November 1913 at the home of his grandson in California. He is buried in Mountain View Cem., Oakland, Alameda, CA.

A letter to the author received from Larry Odems in the Newspaper room at the Oakland Public Library mentions that Horace Clark was the Bro-in-law of William Gagan, founder of the Oakland News at 9th and Broadway in 1864. This was for a lot of years the leading Republican newspaper in Oakland.

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Oakland (California) Enquirer, Saturday Evening July 3, 1909

Horace Clark, who 46 years ago bought a lot on Ninth Street just off Broadway for $100, erected a building on it for $90 and in it printed the "Oakland Times," the first newspaper printed in this city, celebrated his ninetieth birthday at the home of his grandson, Fred A. Waring, 752 Sixth Street, last night. There were five generations of his family present: Mrs. Rose M,. Waring; her Son, Fred A. Waring; her sister, Mrs. E. Miller, and Mrs. Miller's two grandchildren, Ester and Harold Miller. Besides these there were present thirty friends who joined in welcoming Clark on his return from Los Angeles. The trip to the southern part of the state was the first time that he had been out of this city for forty years.

In spite of his great age Clark is strong and his mind vigorous. He remembers minute details of his trip across the Isthmus from his native state, NY, to California in the early 60s. He came at once to this city and helped lay its foundation. He was a ticket agent for the Southern Pacific when its lines first came through this city, and later a book publisher, giving up that business he returned to railroading and served the Southern Pacific at the foot of Market Street for sixteen years. Then he retired.

"I cannot remember the exact day we published the first issue of the Oakland Times on Ninth Street," said Clark today. "I know that it was shortly after the Southern Pacific ran its first local train through this city. That was on September 3, 1863."

During the last ten years Clark has become a devotee to the bicycle and declares that riding it has aided in lengthening the years of his life.

The 1910 US census has Horace living with grandson Fred A. Waring in Alameda County, CA.

Obituary for Horace Clark as printed in the Oakland, Alameda, California Tribune, Nov. 17, 1913:

Horace Clark, aged 94, a native of NY State and a resident of Oakland, Cal., since 1860, died at the home of his grandson, Fred Waring at 4:10 o'clock this morning, due to old age. Not once during his life was Mr. Clark forced to take medicine, and until three months ago was still active and rode about the city on a bicycle. Upon his arrival here in 1860, with William Gagan and Harry Morse, he started the first Republican newspaper in Alameda County at San Leandro. Later the journal was changed to the Oakland Daily News. He was afterward in employ of the Southern Pacific Co., from which business he retired several years ago.

Telegraphic communication was a novelty in his time and a charge of 25 cents was made to watch it in operation between two rooms. He was born in Skaneateles July 1, 1819, the eldest Son of the late Col. Chester Clark. Other sons, known and former residents near Marcellus, were Perry W., Fayette, Coy, Amos, etc., of a large family. His surviving relatives are a daughter, Mrs. Rose M. Waring of Black Foote, Idaho; Fred and Gilbert Waring, grandsons; Mrs Fannie Morrell and Mrs. Lulu Smith, Granddaus; eleven great grandchildren, and Esther and Harold Miller, great-great-grandchildren, of Watsonville.

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Obituary from the San Francisco Chronicle November 18, 1913

Oakland, November 17, - Horace Clark aged 94 years, a pioneer resident of this State and one of the oldest residents of this city passed away at the home of his grandson, Fred Waring 774 Sixth Street, early this morning.....

He came here from NY, his native State, in 1860, and resided here since. He established the first Republican newspaper in Alameda County at San Leandro, the journal later being known as the Oakland Daily News. He was for many years connected with the Southern Pacific Company, retiring from active work a few years ago. During his lifetime he was prominent in political circles, and for many years was a member of the "Know Nothing" party. He was born at Skaneateles, Onondaga, NY, July 1, 1819.

He is survived by a sister (sic), Mrs. Rose Waring of Blackfoot, Idaho; Fred and Gilbert Waring, grandsons; Mrs. Fannie Morrell and Mrs. Lulu Smith, Granddaus; eleven great-grandchildren, and Esther and Harold Miller, great-great-grandchildren, of Watsonville. [Note: Rose Waring was a daughter of Horace Clark, not a sister.]

[Source: Beverly Clark Magee]

Notes and some descent from on-line records of Andra Schmidt.




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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Horace Clark (1 Jul 1819–17 Nov 1913), Find a Grave Memorial no. 47091167, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Barbara LeClaire (contributor 46903377) .