JOHN J. CLARKE, farmer; P.O. Petersburg; son of Charles J.F. and Rachel (Smith) Clark; was born upon the old homestead, where he now resides, Sept. 7, 1843. His parents were among the first settlers of Menard Co. He has lived upon the old farm, following agricultural pursuits, thus far, and has, by observation and experience obtained a good business education. He served as Deputy County Assessor for two y ears. His wife is the daughter of James H. and Sarah (Brown) Thompson. They were married Oct. 19, 1870, and have two children - Albert B. and Francis H. Mr. Clark is a young man of good business ability, and a respected citizen.