CLARK, COLONEL JOHN C., son of Captain John S., and Eliza Ann (ROBINSON)
CLARK; was born in Lunenburg, Vermont, June 3d, 1852.
Hon. Spencer CLARK, his grandfather, was an early settler in Lunenburg
and purchased and cleared the famous meadow farm of about 600 acres extending
nearly three miles along the Connecticut river, always known as the CLARK
farm. John S. and George CLARK resided on this large estate and jointly
conducted it prior to the Civil war.
John S. CLARK enlisted in the Eighth Vermont regiment; on the organization
of his company was chosen captain and proceeded to Louisiana with the BUTLER
expedition, and died in the hospital in March, 1863.
Captain J. S. CLARK was a stanch and true man, a noble type of the
Vermont volunteer, who resigned the pleasures and ambitions of home to
maintain the Union.
The widow of Captain CLARK left the farm soon after her husband
left for the seat of war, and John C. resided in Detroit, Michigan, from
July, 1864, to November, 1869, where he completed his education in the
city and private schools.
He soon after came to St. Johnsbury and took a position in the First
National bank in 1870, where he remained three and a half years, when he
became cashier of the Chelsea (Vermont) National bank, holding that position
ten years. In 1883 he returned to St. Johnsbury as assistant cashier of
the First Nationa1 Bank and in January, 1886, became cashier.
In 1893 he was appointed treasurer of E. & T. FAIRBANKS &
Co. a position which he still fills. In May, 1895, soon after the death
of Colonel Franklin FAIRBANKS, Mr. CLARK was elected a director of the
company as his successor and was appointed its secretary.
He is secretary and treasurer of the St. Johnsbury Electric company
and a director of the First National bank. In 1894 he was elected to the
legislature from St. Johnsbury, where he served on the committee on ways
and means, on banks, and other important committees. In 1896 he was appointed
on the staff of Governor GROUT with the rank of colonel. Colonel CLARK
is a member of Passumpsic lodge, No.27, F. & A. M., and the Mizpah
Lodge of Perfection. He married in 1886 Miss Lida E. PUFFER of Chelsea,
Vermont. Their pleasant home on Summer street is cheered by the presence
of four children, Robert Puffer CLARK, who is employed in the Fairbanks
office, Margaret Robinson, Arthur Dana, and Dorothea CLARK.
Source: Successful Vermonters,
William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company,
1904, page 69-71.
by Tom Dunn December 2004