m: 14 Nov 1906 in Three Rivers, St. Joseph Co, Michigan
children: Viola Arabella, Marjorie, Beatrice Lucille, Carol Margaret, Clark Louis and James Kenneth
Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune
Lansing, Mich., Oct. 21 (UPI)-- Clark Brody, 82, who served for 38 years on the Michigan State University governing board and was closely associated with the Michigan Farm Bureau, died last night. Brody was born on a farm near Three Rivers, and served as county agent in St. Clair County before joining the farm bureau March 1, 1921.
Published 1938, Centennial History of Michigan, Michigan Biography:
CLARK LOUIS BRODY in his position as executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan State Farm Bureau, an office he has held since 1921, has been one of the key men in the great agricultural industry of a great state. Mr. Brody's personal experience has touched most the important phases of Michigan farm life, from the producing to the marketing end. The Michigan State Farm Bureau was established in the fall of 1919 and the headquarters of the bureau were soon afterward transferred to Lansing. Practically every interest that touches the economic and social life of the farmer is a matter of concern to the State Farm Bureau, which is the state-wide organization coordinating the efforts of the numerous county farm bureaus. At the close of its first year of existence the State Farm Bureau had nearly a hundred thousand members.
The section of the state where Mr. Brody grew up and acquired his early experience in the practical life of a farmer was St. Joseph County. The Brodys were among the first settlers. Louis K. Brody, who was born in eastern Ohio in 1808, pioneered into the wilderness of St. Joseph County in the early thirties, acquiring land and clearing a place for his log cabin home in Fabius township. He was the grandfather of Clark Louis Brody. The latter was born on a farm near Three Rivers, February 1, 1879, son of James P. and Emma L. (Seeley) Brody. His father was a well-to-do and respected farmer in that locality. There were three sons, Clark Louis, Clarence A. and James S. James died in 1910. At the time of his death he was a student in engineering at the Michigan State College. Clarence A. Brody also has a conspicuous place in the dairy industry in the Middle West, being president of the Midwest Producers' Creameries, Inc., an organization that includes within its jurisdiction the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee. Clarence Brody is manager of the Constantine Cooperative Creamery, the second largest industry of its kind in the United States, having a membership of four thousand dairy farmers who market their products through Constantine.
Clark Louis Brody grew up on the farm near Three Rivers, attended rural schools and the Constantine high school and the Three Rivers Business College. In 1904 he was graduated Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the Michigan State College. During his practical farming experience in 1904-15 he also did work in the extension agricultural service as dairy extension lecturer with the Michigan State College. Mr. Brody was one of the earliest county agricultural agents in Michigan. This service had been first started in western New York in 1914, and was soon afterward extended to Michigan. Mr. Brody served as county agricultural agent of St. Clair County from 1915 to 1921. In the latter year he came to his present office as executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan State Farm Bureau, with head quarters on North Cedar Street in Lansing.
Since 1922 Mr. Brody has been a member of the State Board of Agriculture, whose chief function is acting as trustees of Michigan State College. From 1933 to 1937 he was chairman of the board. He is a director and chairman of the board of the United Cooperative Incorporated, with headquarters at Indianapolis; director of the National Cooperatives Incorporated, with office in Chicago; director of the American Co-operative Incorporated; director of the National Cooperative Council in Washington; and chairman of the Michigan Industrial Conference. He is a member of the Michigan Tourist and Resort Commercial Club, the Kiwanis Club, in college was an Alpha Zeta and Phi Kappa Phi, and is a Methodist.
He married November 14, 1906, Margaret E. York. She was born in Cass County, Michigan, attended school there and the Ypsilanti State Normal and was a teacher until her marriage. Mrs. Brody is prominent among Women's organizations, being president of the Women's Clubhouse Association of Lansing, is former president of the Lansing Symphony Orchestry Association, former president of the W. C. T. U. and has given much time to church work. Mr. and Mrs. Brody have a very talented family of six children. The first four born to them were daughters, and then came two sons. They comprise a family orchestra which has gained more than local reputation. Viola A. and Marjorie L. graduated from Michigan State College and the University of Michigan, and the former is teacher of public school music in the high school at Williamston, Michigan, and the latter is music and drama cataloger at the Detroit City Library. Beatrice L. graduated from Michigan State College, studied one season at Salzburg, Austria, spent one year of study on a scholarship in the Juillard School of Music at New York City and another year in Columbia University, was formerly an instructor in the Michigan State College and is now associate professor of music in Illinois Wesleyan College at Bloomington, Illinois, is a concert vocalist and for several summers has been one of the soloists in the Bay View Assembly. Carol M., the youngest daughter, is the wife of Victor Bielinski, and both of them are graduates in the department of business administration from Michigan State College and are employed in the State Farm Bureau at Lansing. The older of the two sons is Clark L. Brody, Jr., a graduate of Michigan State College and of the Eastman School of Music at Rochester, and is a professional musician who is clarinetist in Goldman's band at New York City and a member of the National Orchestra. The younger son, James K., also talented musically, is a flutist and a vocal soloist in the Presbyterian church and on Radio Station WJIM at Lansing. He is a member of the class of 1940 at Michigan State College, majoring in applied science. All of these children were born on the farm at Three Rivers except the youngest, whose birth occurred while Mr. Brody was county agricultural agent at Port Huron.
Margaret Ellen York Brody
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