CLARK, Wesley D.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 972-973
Wesley D. CLARK, a baker of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], doing business at No. 107 Kishwaukee Street, is a native of Rockford, Kent County, MI, born in Dec 1850. The family was founded in New England, prior to the Revolutionary War, and was represented in that struggle. The grandfather of our subject, Ezra CLARK, was a native of VT and removed to NY, spending the remainder of his life in Erie County, where he engaged in the butchering business. In politics he was a Whig and a stalwart Abolitionist, and his home was a station on the famous Underground Railroad. He died at the age of 70 years.
E. P. CLARK, father of our subject, was born in the Green Mountain State [VT], where he grew to manhood and became a farmer. In NY he married Miss Julia I. DENNISON, a native of Norwich [Chenango County], NY. Her parents were natives of CT. On emigrating to MI, Mr. and Mrs. CLARK settled in the midst of the forest in Kent County, and procuring land from the government, began the development of a farm. His death occurred in 1857, at the early age of 33 years. He was a stanch Abolitionist, and died believing that the slaves would be free. His wife yet survives, and although 70 years of age, is still enjoying good health. She is now visiting in CA, but makes her home with our subject. She is a member of the Christian Church. Her father, Dudley DENNISON, was a native of CT, and after his marriage removed to the Empire State [NY], where he engaged in blacksmithing, also manufactured axes and hoes, and was the owner of a large farm. He died in Erie County at the age of 70, and his wife was also well advanced in years. He participated in the War of 1812, and took part in the battle of Stonington. The only members of the CLARK family now living are our subject and his brother, O. E., who married Vera M. HYDE, a native of MI, and who is now superintendent of an electric plant in Napa [Napa County], CA.
Wesley D. CLARK, whose name heads this record, was only five years old when his father died, and at the age of 14 he came to Rockford, where he has since resided. In this city he married Miss Eunice L. KEIG, who was born in Rockford, and is a daughter of Edward and Margaret KEIG, who were born on the Isle of Man, and after their marriage came to the U. S. Since that time they have made their home in Rockford, being numbered among its honored early settlers. They are members of the Methodist Church, and are both past 70 years of age. The union of Mr. and Mrs. CLARK is blessed with two children: Belle M. and William A. In politics Mrs. CLARK is a Republican, and for the past six years has served as Alderman of the 6th Ward, proving a faithful and efficient officer. He is a member of the Masonic order, the Knights of Pythias, the United Workmen Lodge and the Odd Fellows, and in the latter has filled all the offices and represented the Encampment at the Grand Lodge. His wife is a member of the Methodist Church. They are numbered among Rockford's citizens, and by all who know them are held in high regard.
On coming to this city, Mr. CLARK began business with Adam McCLURE, now deceased, during which time he became thoroughly familiar with the bakery business. The partnership was then dissolved, and for two and a half years he was associated with Joseph BASFORD, after which he was with the Steam Bakery Company for two years. He then began business for himself, and buying out C. O. ASPROTH, now has a general and fancy bakery, and is doing an excellent business, of which he is deserving. Since coming to Rockford he has given a helping hand to every enterprise calculated to benefit the community and promote the general welfare, and is numbered among its valued and leading citizens.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.