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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1044-1045

John CLARK, who follows general farming on section 34, Cherry Valley Township, Winnebago County [IL], was born in Scotland in 1828.  He is one of a family of eight sons and three daughters, the parents being Samuel and Margaret (TEMPLETON) CLARK.  His father followed farming upon rented land and died in Scotland at the age of 78 years, his wife passing away at the age of 65 years.

Under the parental roof our subject was reared to manhood, no event of special importance ocurring during his childhood days.  He came to this country in Aug 1851, when 23 years of age, and in the vicinity of Cincinnati, OH, followed the occupation of farming upon rented land for some 20 years.  As a companion and helpmate on life's journey, he chose Miss Catherine ALLISON, a native of Scotland, and a daughter of James and Janet (GREENLEES) ALLISON.  Their union has been blessed with a family of ten children, two sons and eight daughters:  (1)  James; (2)  Margaret, wife of Isaac TURRELL, Principal of one of the schools of Cincinnati, OH; Samuel; (3)  Jessie, wife of Hugh McEVOY, of Dallas, TX; Catherine, who is engaged in teaching in Dallas; Flora, wife of Abram DAVIS, a farmer; Agnes; Mary; Mattie; and Ella.  The family circle still remains unbroken, although some have left the parental roof, and there are also 16 grandchildren.  Of the two sons, one is a farmer in McPherson County, KS, and the other is engaged in the real estate business in Canton, KS.

It was in the autumn of 1871 that Mr. CLARK removed with his family to IL, coming through [p 1045] Chicago at the time the great fire was raging in that city.  He settled in Winnebago County, purchasing a farm of 120 acres at $24 per acre [$2,880], and to this he has since added, until now 200 acres of valuable land pay tribute to his care and cultivation.  He has laid 800 rods [4,400 yards] of tiling upon the place, has erected a good residence and large barns, and is recognized as one of the successful agriculturalists of this county.  He deserves all the more credit in that his prosperity is due entirely to his own efforts.  In politics he is a Democrat, and himself and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.  During the 20 years of their residence in this county they have made many friends and are well and favorably known in this community.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.