CLARK OLNEY TERRY
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 542
CLARK OLNEY TERRY, general manager of the J.A. Lewis vegetable and fruit farm at Willimantic, Windham county, is one of the reliable and industrious citizens of that modern and progressive center of industrial activities. Mr. Terry has lived in Willimantic since 1870, the year in which he entered into connection with the business of Mr. Lewis, of which he had been for some years the manager, and in which he commands the confidence of the public.
Mr. Terry was born May 5, 1848, in Exeter, R.I., a son of Seth W. and Dorcas (Crowell) Terry. This is one of the old New England families, his ancestor having been among the early settlers at Plymouth, Mass., from whom Mr. Terry is the seventh generation.
Seth W. Terry, noted in the preceding paragraph, was in his active years a farmer and a lumber dealer, and did a large business in ship timber, which was cut and delivered at the docks. He was the father of nine children, of whom three boys and four girls lived to reach mature life. One of these children, William H., is a dairyman in Lebanon, Connecticut.
Clark O. Terry was early initiated into
genuine work, and was trained to habits of industry which have ever been
of value to him. When a boy he attended the Pine Hill district school,
where for a number of terms he had Joseph A. Lewis for his teacher, a gentleman
who subsequently became his employer, and one for whom Mr. Terry entertains
the most reverent and grateful feeling, declaring that always and everywhere
Mr. Lewis exercised the best influence and worked for the public good.
When but a lad of twelve years young Terry drove a double yoke of oxen for
his father, hauling lumber to Wickford in Rhode Island. In 1870 Mr. Terry
came to Willimantic, and found employment with J.A. Lewis, engaging with
him first by the month, but soon making a five-year contract. Mr. Lewis
and Mr. Terry harmonized very closely, and as long as Mr. Lewis lived that
harmony was unbroken. Mr. Terry had so long been closely identified with
the management of the extensive business of Mr. Lewis that when that gentleman
died the entire charge of the estate passed into his hands, an arrangement
that has worked
Clark O. Terry was married Nov. 5, 1879, to Miss Cora A. Lewis, oldest daughter of Joseph A. and Caroline (Frye) Lewis; she was born Jan. 22, 1855, in Dighton, Mass., and was but a child when her parents removed to Willimantic, where she was reared, and there is still living. Mr. Terry cast his first presidential vote for Horace Greeley, and for a time following that campaign voted the Republican ticket, but for some years he has been a Prohibitionist, a principle he heartily upholds. He is a man of the best habits and the soundest morals, and his influence for good is pronounced. The closest attention has always been given by him to his business, and he is familiar with its every detail. Mr. Terry is a member of the Baptist Church, and his life brings no shame to his profession of faith. Since coming to Willimantic his home has always been with the Lewis family, and he now resides on the old Lewis homestead.
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