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Merrick County's 100th Year: 1858-1958




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WM. DOUGLAS

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Douglas Store in Clarks - Seventy Continuous
Years in Business.

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DOUGLAS STORE AT CLARKS
70 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Wm. Douglas and Company, general store of Clarks, has operated continuously since 1888. This record of seventy years in business may be the longest of any in the county. During these years the store was under the management of Wm. Douglas from 1888 to 1919, when his son, M. B. Douglas, took over and has been at the helm to this day. Assisting in the store are M. B's. brother, Lawrence, and his son, Wm. R. Douglas.

Other members of the Douglas family prominent in the business and professional field in Clarks are: Vincent Douglas, another son of the elder, deceased Wm. Douglas, in the insurance business; Donald B. Douglas, son of M. B. Douglas, postmaster since 1949; and Dr. R. R. Douglas, cousin of M. B. Douglas. Wm. Douglas, founder of the store, died in 1930.


CALVIN HARTWELLS WERE EARLY SETTLERS

When Mr. and Mrs. Calvin B. Hartwell and family homesteaded on land midway between Clarks and Havens in March, 1865, their nearest neighbor to the east was seven miles and westward ten miles. Their homestead was called Junction Ranch, as it was at the junction of the old Morman Trail and the Military road. The nearest post office was Columbus.

Calvin Hartwell was born on a Virginia plantation in 1810. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Ragsdale in Indiana in 1837. The family moved to Missouri in 1849, then to Douglas County, Nebraska, in 1862, with their six youngest children. The three oldest were married. Mr. and Mrs. Hartwell remained in the Clarks community until death. Mr. Hartwell died in 1878. Mrs. Elizabeth Hartwell died in 1916, just a few weeks before she would have attained the age of ninety-seven years.

The Hartwell family has always been widely known in this section of Nebraska and has been prominent in business, social, and educational affairs.


Compliments of
V. DOUGLAS INSURANCE
Clarks


Compliments of
WILLIAM DOUGLAS & COMPANY
Clarks


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