Amy Winnifred <I>Daniels</I> Clark

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Amy Winnifred Daniels Clark

  • Birth 13 Jul 1873 Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 29 Apr 1979 Willmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Grove City, Meeker County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 51208089

WILLMAR-- Mrs. Amy Daniels Clark was a guest of honour at the Jessie James Days in Northfield on September 11 and for good reason. She is believed to be the only living witness of the Northfield bank robbery by the James and Younger brothers that took place on September 7 1876. Although Mrs. Clark is now 103 years old, she says she can still remember the robbery very clearly, probably because they often talk about it. She recounted the tale, stating that some things stood out much more in her mind. Amy was only three at the time, as she stood at a window in her aunt's apartment and watched the proceedings. She remembers that men just rode into town and began shooting, and that all the men rode beautiful black horses." " She commented that her uncle had been sitting with a friend on a dry goods box across from the bank when the shooting started. " One bullet hit between his legs so he left or they might have watched a while longer." Mrs. Clark says she will never forget watching a man walk over to one of the dead men, raise the cover and kick him in the head. "I cried over and over, ' He kicked him. He kicked him.' " She remembers they even ran over the bodies with buggies. Mrs. Clark's comment on her return to Northfield as an honored guest was, " I found it quite amusing." She rode through the streets of the town in a buggy during the parade, sitting as straight as a rod. "The horse wanted to trot but he( the driver) wouldn't let it. Then he would crack the whip and we could go again. There were so many people. The most people I ever saw. They stood on the sidewalk on both sides and I waved my hand. After I went by. they left." She spent two "great" days in what she termed a "pretty place." She said she talked with so many people. She considered her trip a long one and didn't realize there were so many people in Northfield. Mrs. Clark rode the 1 1/2 mile parade route with the grandson of Jessie James, Foster Barr of Mission, Kansas. Mrs. Clark made her trip at the request of historical society because of the fact she is probably the only one alive who can remember the incident. She was accompanied by her nephew, Verol Sleeper of Lewiston, Montana, and her sister, Mabel. It is amazing the things Mrs. Clark can still remember from her younger days. She speaks of her brothers, sisters, mother, father, her only spanking, meeting her husband, living on Lake Calhoun, etc., as if it were only yesterday. Amy was the fourth of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Daniels, Calhoun Lake. At 18 she moved to Irving to work for an aunt. In 1904 she moved with her family to Stanley, N.D. There she met and married her husband, William Clark, who died in 1933. They later returned to lake Calhoun. After Mr. Clark's death, Amy rented the farm, then sold it and built on Green Lake. She lived for a time at Paynesville Manor and now resides at the Bethesda Country Home. Her only close living relative, a sister, Mrs. Mabel Buffum, age 96, also lives in the Bethesda Country Manor.


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  • Created by: BradW
  • Added: 16 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51208089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Amy Winnifred Daniels Clark (13 Jul 1873–29 Apr 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51208089, citing Burr Oak Cemetery, Grove City, Meeker County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by BradW (contributor 47236640) .