Samuel Porter Clark was born
September 12, 1869, in
Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee. He grew up on the family farm
parents, James Harvey Clark (born 1842) and Sarah Elizabeth "Bettie"
Murdock Clark (1841–1923). Upon attaining maturity, Sam headed south to
He married Emma Lou Hawkins (1869–1937) in Greenville, Hunt County, in
two years, the young couple had located in
Denison, Grayson County, Texas. The 1896 Denison City Directory listed
27, as a salesman at William H. Brown's Cash Dry Goods Store at 319
Street. The store sold clothing and shoes for men and women. Sam lived
downtown Denison, merchants tended to shift
locations and partners often. The 1901 City Directory listed Sam P.
Alex L. Douglass ("merchant tailors, men's furnishers, hats") at 229
West Main Street. A "merchant tailor" was "a tailor
who keeps and sells materials for the garments which he
makes." Sam was living at 729 West Chestnut Street.
"Clark & Douglass, Tailors and Furnishers."
Robinson, Frank M., comp. Industrial Denison. [N.p.]: Means-Moore Co.,
[ca. 1909]. Page 96a.
1905, the City Directory listed two merchant
tailor firms at 221 West Main:
A. L. Douglass and Clark & Loving. Sam P. Clark was a partner
in the latter
firm. However, that year, no Loving was listed in the City Directory.
1907, Sam had left Denison. 1908 found him in the
Dallas City Directory. He was vice president of the Mystic Fraternity
World, Inc. With him were William A. Bomar, president; John W. Hearon,
secretary; A. C. Wilson, treasurer; and H. L. McLaurin, medical
Offices were at 427 Wilson Building. Sam roomed at 200 McKinney Avenue.
Mystic Fraternity sounds like a start-up fraternal organization, but it
not appear in lists of such groups. These can be providers of insurance
coverage; however, the Mystic is not in the directory's professional
1910, Sam was a traveling salesman for Ras
Hackett, a merchandise broker at 806 Wilson Building. Five years later,
working for Southland Trading Company and rooming on Pearl Street. He
himself in the 1920 Census as a clothing merchant. In 1930, he was a
agent for Pool Manufacturing Company.
Sam's wife Emma
passed away in Dallas on 26
May 1937. She was buried in East Mount Cemetery at Greenville with her
Sam joined her there after he died in a home for the aged in Arlington,
on September 8, 1962, at age 92. The couple appear not to have had