ROBERT CLARK, who is serving as highway commissioner of Mount Olive township, is a prominent and successful farmer, and a highly esteemed citizen of Macoupin County, where he owns and cultivates a farm of 80 acres, situated in section 6, Mount Olive township. He was born in Staunton township, Macoupin County, Illinois, October 6, 1852, and is a son of William and Eliza (Little) Clark.
William Clark was born in County Derry, Ireland, and immigrated to America about 1840 with his wife and three children, setting in Staunton township, where he took up the occupation of farming, at which he continued his entire life. He was a man well liked and was of high standing in his community. His wife, Eliza Little, was a native of County Derry, Ireland. Nine children were born to them, namely: William, of Johnson County, Missouri; Eliza (Bruce), of Staunton township, Macoupin County; Samuel, of Staunton township, Macoupin County; James, of Madison County, Illinois; John; Mary Ann, who died when 16 years of age; Robert, our subject; Henry, of Spangle, Washington, and Isabelle, who died when seven years of age. Mr. Clark died in Staunton township, January 17, 1878, having reached the age of 70 years. The death of his wife followed in September, 1894, she having attained the age of 77 years. Mr. And Mrs. Clark were members of the Presbyterian Church.
Robert Clark has always been engaged in the pursuits of general farming and has met with unusual success in his operations. He recently sold three acres of his farm to the railroad for right-of-way and has sold the coal right to a large mining company. His farm is situated near the new town of Benld. Mr. Clark located on his present farm in the spring of 1881 and immediately began the cultivation of the place, having at present one of the best tilled farms to be found for many miles. Politically, Mr. Clark is a Republican and has held several school offices in the past. In fraternal circles he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
On March 7, 1877, Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Britannia Sawyer, a native of Mount Olive township and a daughter of Ebern and Mary A. (Best) Sawyer. Mr. And Mrs. Clark are the parents of nine children, eight of whom are living, namely: Edward, LeRoy, Ethel May, Erbie Irene, William Robinson, Archie, Florence and Bertha. The deceased child is Frank, who died when four years of age.