Daniel Malachi Clark

Daniel Malachi Clark

Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 9 Dec 1933 (aged 80–81)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 4, Lot 50, SWC
Memorial ID 73754852 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1883.

•See James F. Hawkins.
•See Anna Theresa McCarthy Smith.
•See Anna Reilly McGinnis Loftus Austin.
•See Mary Jane Meekins Reilly.
•See Catherine McMahan Cullen.
•See Reuben Gray.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See James M. Elder.
•See Dennis B. Mahoney.
•See William Allen Fleming.
•See Frank Fisk.
•See Daniel F. McIntosh.
•See Leon J. Rofidal.
•See Albert A. Hagadorn.
•See Elmer Schilb.
•See William H. Meekins.
•See Ellen McMahon.
•See Caroline Morrison Grandelmeyer.
•See Mary McGann McGivern.
•See Elizabeth M. Early Koop.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

Pioneer hardware dealer and undertaker.

                     Larger Quarters.

      D. M. Clark returned from Chicago on Thursday night of last week where he had been for several days selecting a large stock for his new store to which he will move on May 1st. The Swartz building on Sixth street will be put in shape to receive the new stock and also the present mammoth line of hardware, etc., in the store now occupied by him. The upper floor will be occupied by as fine a line of furniture and house furnishing goods as were ever displayed in this city, Mr. Clark giving his personal attention to selecting the same. On the ground floor the shelf hardware and crockery will be displayed, the tin shop and workroom being in the rear. The basement will be used for stoves and heavy hardware. It is Mr. Clark's intention to be able to fit out any person with a complete line of goods for housekeeping, including carpets, of which he displays an elegant line of the latest patterns. In addition his harness shop will be given a nice location in the new quarters, and altogether he will have one of the finest equipped stores in the northwest. (Brainerd Dispatch, 22 April 1892, p. 4, c. 4)

      D. M. Clark has been in Chicago this week attending to the buying of a hearse and stock of undertaker's supplies, which branch of business will be attended to by the firm of D. M. Clark & Co. in the future. The firm expects to have the department complete within a few days. (Brainerd Dispatch, 19 July 1895, p. 4, c. 4)

            New Business Enterprise.

      The undertaking department which has been added to the establishment of D. M. Clark & Co. is now open and ready for business, E. W. Lynch and Ole Henning having charge of that particular branch. A new hearse has been procured, which is a very fine one, and everything in connection will always be found first-class and up to the times, and entire satisfaction is guaranteed the public. Embalming will be done, and in fact everything connected with a first-class establishment of this character will be attended to. A large new stock of undertaker's goods of the latest description is now on hand, which will be sold as low as possible. Orders from the surrounding country outside the city will receive prompt attention. The salesroom will be at D. M. Clark & Co.'s store, Columbian block. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 July 1895, p. 4, c. 4)

NOTE: D. M. Clark bought this house from W. A. Fleming in March of 1899

515 North Fifth Street
1892--on Sanborn Map--only house on the block
1898--on Mississippi River Commission Map--only house on the block
1903--D. M Clark--only house listed on the block
1905--D. M. Clark--only house listed on the block
1907--D. M. Clark--only house listed on the block
1920--M. D. Clark (D. M. Clark’s son)

      D. M. Clark has bought the interest of his partner, Fred W. Ingraham in the firm of D. M. Clark & Co. and will in the future conduct the business alone, the change having taken place May 1st. This firm has for many years conducted a successful hardware and furniture business in Brainerd, and Mr. Clark's many friends will congratulate him on the change and bespeak for him the continued patronage that has always been accorded the firm in the past. (Brainerd Dispatch, 03 May 1901, p. 10, c. 6)

      D. M. Clark has let the contract for a ten room residence to be erected on the corner just south of his present home on North Fifth street. Carl A. Erickson secured the contract at the work will commence next week. The residence, with the lots on which it stands, will cost in the neighborhood of $6,000. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 15 June 1909, p. 2, c. 4)

Although D. M. Clark's hardware and undertaking business is not listed in the article below, it did burn in this fire.

          Brainerd Buildings Burn; Loss
                  Estimated $175,000

      Town's Worst Fire Damages Hotel
           and Razes Business Blocks.

    Several Lodges and Clubs Lose All
   Paraphernalia—U. S. Mail Is Saved.

BRAINERD, Minn., Oct. 29—The worst fire in the history of Brainerd inflicted damage yesterday to the extent of about $175,000.
      The fire started in the basement of the Columbia block [216-218 South Sixth Street] on Sixth street about 5:30 yesterday morning. At 8 o'clock that building worth, with its contents, close to $100,000, was in ruins and the Odd Fellows' building [214 South Sixth Street] adjoining it was gutted. The postoffice block [214 South Sixth Street] caught fire, but the letter mails were all saved and a large portion of the fixtures were carried out.
      At 9:30 o'clock the Ransford hotel, with stock worth probably $150,000, and the J. C. Jamison [sic] saloon building on Fifth street caught on fire. The hotel was damaged to the extent of $20,000. The Jamison [sic] saloon [213 South Fifth Street] building burned. The loss is about $5,000 with $2,000 insurance.
      The Columbia block, on the first and second floors, was occupied by the Black Paw club, residence flats and offices, the third story by the Masonic and Red Men lodges, who lost all their paraphernalia as did the Grand Army and Modern Brotherhood, Hibernians and Machinist lodges.
      Two frame buildings adjoining the Columbia building were also burned. Both were occupied by restaurants. [George West Restaurant and M. K. Swartz Drugstore]
      Several dwellings housed on the north side all caught fire from the sparks but were extinguished without much damage being done. (Minneapolis Tribune, 29 October 1909, p. 5)

04 November 1909. D. M. Clark and Co., which was burned out in last week's fire, is opening their hardware business in the store room next to Murphy's plumbing establishment. Their undertaking department has reopened. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Dispatch, Wednesday, 04 November 2009)

16 November 1909. D. M. Clark and Co. got their old safe out of the smoldering basement of the Columbian Block but the dial had been burned off. It will be necessary to smash the doors off to get it open. Clark had fortunately removed his books and papers before the fire. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Dispatch, Sunday, 16 November 2009)

20 January 1920. A change of interest occurred at the D. M. Clark & Company store when J. E. O'Brien acquired the interest of D. M. Clark, Mel [sic] [Mal] Clark and James Alderman, the transfer taking place the first of the month. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 20 January 2000) 


      Funeral services for Daniel Malocky [sic] [Malachi] Clark, 81, widely known and retired pioneer merchant of Brainerd who died late Saturday, will be held from the family residence at 501 Fifth street, North, at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday. The Rev. James Hogan, pastor of St. Francis Catholic church, will officiate. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
      For 45 years an enterprising merchant and civic leader in Brainerd, Mr. Clark was forced by illness to restrict his business activities and community interest in recent years. He retired from his hardware business 13 years ago and his health had been failing for some time.
      Coming to Brainerd in 1861 [sic*], Mr. Clark was one of the few remaining old time pioneers. He opened a hardware store in 1875 [sic*] in the old Sleeper block on Front street, later moving to what was known as the Columbia block [burned] and which more recently became known as the Iron Exchange building with the development of the present real estate.
      Born in Albany, New York, [he had] been a resident of Brainerd more than 70 [sic*] years.
      Active in fraternal and civic work, Mr. Clark was the only fourth degree Knight of Columbus in Brainerd for many years. He also took an active part in activities of that organization until recent years when illness forced him to be less active. The deceased was an ardent sportsman, spending much time in his favorite sport of fishing.
      Surviving the deceased are his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Eugene Houle and Marie Clark, both of Brainerd, and one son, Dr. D. M. Clark, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Two sons, Robert Emmet and Mal D. Clark, preceded him in death.
      Old time friends and neighbors will act as pallbearers at the funeral including Henry P. Dunn, S. R. Adair, J. J. Nolan, W. [sic] H. [sic] [J. W.] Koop, Joseph Keibler [sic] [Kiebler] and John Carlson. (Brainerd Dispatch, 11 December 1933; p. 3, c. 6)

•In 1865, 1870, and 1875, Daniel and his mother were living in Hastings, MN.
•In 1880, Daniel, 26, was a Hardware Merchant in Bird Island, MN.
•In 1885, Daniel, 32, and his mother were in Brainerd.
•In 1895, Daniel, 42, was a Hardware Merchant in Brainerd, living with his mother, wife and 3 children, and had lived in Minnesota for 35 years and in Brainerd for at least 12 years.
•So he moved to Minnesota in 1861, first opened a hardware store in 1875 in Hastings, and moved his business to Brainerd around 1883.

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