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Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

Page 604

GEORGE H. CLARK, Postmaster and general merchant at Piasa, one of the native born citizens of this county and has been identified with its interests since he was able to understand what lay before him in the way of man's work and obligations. He was born March 7, 1852, and is a son of Edward B. And Nancy (Parker) Clark, of whom a sketch is given on another page in this Record. His birthplace was in Shipman Township and his early life was passed on his father's farm. His fundamental education was obtained in Piasa, and he attended the Illinois State Normal University at Normal two terms. Taking up the profession of teaching, he devoted himself to the work in Macoupin, Jersey and Greene Counties five years, and demonstrated his ability to impart instruction, his power to guide and control the young and his interest in the growth of civilization.

After the period mentioned Mr. Clark entered upon mercantile life, clerking six months for C. B. Wilson and then buying out the business. He has increased the stock and added lines of trade until he now has nearly every branch of merchandise represented in his store. He has been in business ten years and has no reason to be dissatisfied with the results he has achieved, although as he is enterprising and ambitious he is constantly aiming at a larger trade and more extended opportunity. He was appointed Postmaster during the administration of President Arthur.

In October, 1879, Mr. Clark was married to Miss Jennie Price, daughter of Evan and Ann (Lewis) Price. Mr. And Mrs. Price were natives of Wales and after their marriage came to the United States and located in Alton, this State. There Mrs. Clark was born December 24, 1857. She is the fourth of five children, the others being Mary, wife of John Blotne, Rebecca, who married William Armstrong; Anna, wife of William Powers; and Henry, who was adopted into the family of Henry Hankhouse and has taken the name of his adopted father. Mr. Price was a miner and worked in the mines at Alton. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have two sons - Charles and Victor - whose habits are being carefully molded by their parents and who are being given opportunities suited to their age for cultivating their mind and fitting them for the duties of citizenship.

In exercising the right of suffrage Mr. Clark always deposits a Republican ticket as he has firm faith in the principles of the party. He has served as Township Clerk and Collector and has sone well in office. He is a member of the Knights of Honor. He and his estimable wife move in the best circles in Piasa, take much interest in that which is for the best good of her people and are looked upon as honoring the place by their residence.

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