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Mt. Pulaski Times News, October 19, 1933


Robert D. Clark was born on a farm in Laenna Township on Sept. 30, 1844, the son of David W. and Hannah Clark, pioneer settlers of Logan county. He died Oct. 12, 1933, at the age of 89 years.

Mr. Clark was reared on a farm 3 miles east of Mount Pulaski, where he obtained his early education in the country schools, later attending Illinois Normal University of Normal, Ill. Following the completion of his education, he entered the teaching profession which he followed for 20 years.

On Feb. 3, 1873, Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Kate Edmonds of Mount Pulaski, and to this union was born one daughter, Minnie L., now the wife of E. O. Mayer of Mount Pulaski, and two children who died in infancy.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by two grandsons, Norman C. of Chicago and Robert W. of Bethlehem, Penn. Mr. Clark was one of six children, three brothers and two sisters, the last of whom to precede him was Mrs. Angeline Wacaser, who died just a few weeks previous.

At the time of his marriage, he began farming on the home place, east of Mount Pulaski, which he subsequently purchased and he continued farming until 1895, when he retired and came to Mount Pulaski. Here he built a home at the corner of Green and Lafayette Sts., where he continued to make his home until 1928, after which due to failing health, he made his home with his daughter, Mr. And Mrs. E. O. Mayer. His wife preceded him in death in 1921.

Mr. Clark was a highly respected and substantial citizen and gave much of his time toward civic and social betterment of the community. Fraternally, his relations were with the Masonic Order.

During his active career, he held several minor township offices and served as Supervisor of Laenna township. Later, he served as President of the Board of Education of Mt. Pulaski schools and in 1909 was elected Mayor of Mt. Pulaski, and he discharged his duties of his office with such executive ability as to win uniform approval and commendation of his fellow citizens. He was vice-president of the First National Bank of Mt. Pulaski at the time of his death.

Mr. Clark was a resident of Logan county throughout his entire life, and was widely recognized as one of its most substantial, respected and representative citizens.