CLARK, John Wilber

Date of birth: 12 Jun 1883 Brown County, Indiana

Date of death: 21 Jul 1960 Johnson County, Indiana

Source: Columbus Evening Republican, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana July 22, 1960

Trafalgar Man Killed in Crash
      A Trafalgar farmer became the 
14th traffic death victim in Johnson 
County about 4 o'clock Thursday 
afternoon one and one half miles 
south of Franklin on Road 31 when 
his automobile was struck in rear 
by a car driven by a Columbus 
      J. Wilber Clark, 77, Trafalgar 
route 1, was dead on arrival at 
Methodist hospital in Indianapolis 
about 6:20 o'clock Thursday 
night.  He died of a fractured skull, 
authorities said. 
      The car which struck the north-
bound Clark automobile was a 
1960 Chevrolet Corvair, driven by 
Herman G. Davis, 23, Route 1.  
Davis was in fair condition at 
Robert Long hospital in Indian-
apolis with a fractured jaw, 
nose and ribs. 
      State Trooper John W. Means 
of Whiteland said Clark was driving 
his 1950 Plymouth car north on 
Road 31 when it was struck in the 
rear by the Davis car.
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      Trooper Means said in his 
report that there was no apparent 
reason for the Davis car striking 
the Clark car and that Davis' auto 
traveled 435 feet from the impact 
point before coming to a halt.  Mr. 
Clark's car turned over on its top.
      Assisting in investigation 
of the accident were State Police 
Cpl. Robert Konkle and State Trooper 
J. M. Roseberry, both of Bartholomew 
County.  Coroner Walker Maguire of 
Johnson County also was called.
      Funeral services will be at 
Edinburg Methodist church at 2 
o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Burial 
will be at Rest Haven Cemetery.  
The casket is open at the Emerson 
Clark funeral home in Morgantown. 
      He is survived by the widow, 
Mrs. Cora Clark; two daughters, 
Mrs. Beulah Dinn and Mrs. Marjorie 
Mahoney of Darin, Conn.; two sons, 
Merrill Clark of Nineveh and Maurice 
Clark of Trafalgar; seven grand-
children and one great-grandchild.
      He was the son of John and 
Arsula Jordan Clark, born June 12, 
1883.  He married Miss Cora Coy 
Jan. 31, 1909.

Source: Franklin Evening Star, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, July 25, 1960

EDINBURG  Last rites were con-
ducted for J. Wilber Clark, 
Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock 
in the Edinburg Methodist Church.
      The Rev. Ray Bozell pastor 
of the Old Union Church, was in 
charge of the services and he was 
assisted by the Rev. Paul Edding-
field, pastor of the Samaria 
Christian Church, where Mr. Clark 
was a member.  Burial followed at 
Rest Haven Cemetery.
      Those who carried the casket 
were Floyd Wirey, Hansel Coy, Benny 
Clark, Dale Owens, Dale Waltz, and 
Kenneth Clark.
	Died in Crash
      Mr. Clark was killed in an 
automobile accident south of Franklin 
on US 31 at 4:30 o'clock Thursday 
afternoon.  His car was struck from 
the rear by another car driven by 
Herman G. Davis of Columbus.
      A life long farmer, Mr. Clark 
had resided in Johnson and Bartholomew 
Counties, and for the past 18 years 
had lived near Trafalgar moving 
there from the Camp Atterbury area.
      He is survived by the widow, 
two sons, two daughters, seven grand-
children and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Mark E. Wirey

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