|The funeral services of the late
Amiable Clark took place yesterday,
with Masonic ceremonies. Mr. Clark was 83 years of age, had been 60 years
a Mason, and was at the time of his death the oldest member of the fraternity
in Oswego. He was a man of estimable character, a good citizen and excellent
member of society. He formerly took quite an active interest and part in
the city politics, but owing to the advance of age, had not mingled much
in political affairs for a few years past.
At one o'clock yesterday afternoon the various Lodges met with
Oswego City Lodge at their rooms and with the 48th Regiment
Band, proceeded to the residence of their late brother. After the
usual ceremonies at the house, the vast procession moved
toward Riverside Cemetery. It is estimated that there were over
two hundred Masons in the procession, which is said to have
been the largest ever seen in this city. The line of wagons was
The ceremonies at the grave were impressively conducted, P. M.
W. G. Robinson acting as Orator, Rev. S. S. N. Greely as Chaplain.
The bearers were E. P. Burt, M. L. Marshall, Robt Oliver, Thomas
Moore, Edwin W. Clark, P. Boyer.
At a meeting of Oswego Lodge No. 127 held at their rooms Sept.
3rd, 1869, the following preamble and resolutions:
Whereas, It has pleased the Great Disposer of all events to
remove from the earth our venerable brother Amiable Clark:
Resolved, That we recognize and bow to the sovereign
will-looking to the same hand that appoints for man his lot, in its
joys to make it joyful in Him, and in its trials to give us support
Resolved, That we recognize the Divine mercy that granted the
deceased, in an honorable, useful and peaceful life, so long to
live, reaching not only man's allotted period of three score years
and ten, but more than four score years witnessing the wonderful
events of a wonderful period in the progress of the race and the
welfare of the world, through the advancement of science, art
and the blessed light of revealed Christianity, teaching love to
God and good will to man.
Resolved, That in the removal of another of the small and
diminishing number of the aged men who have had part in the
progress of our city from its early days, we are called upon to
cherish the memory of the departed ones, and honor the few yet
remaining, as those who with tireless hand and courageous hearts
bore the burden and heat of day, and saw a prosperous town
grow out from the wilderness, and from a people few in numbers a
Resolved, That the sympathies of Oswego Lodge, and of the
fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of the city, are tendered
to the relatives and friends of our departed brother, Their grief is
ours in the loss of one who, for more than half a century, had
walked worthily among us, endeavoring to adorn the principle he
professed "in the light of the central light," and by the square of
virtue: and so may they and we, copying day by day the plans
drawn for us on the tressle-board of a divine architecture, fulfill
our life-work, and be found at last as polished ashlers, meet for
the Eternal temple.
W. G. Robinson
S. B. Burchard
O. W. Bates
W. A. Gardner