EDWIN CLARK, living on section 26, Jackson Township, was born in Stephenson County, Ill., April 2, 1840. He is a son of Elijah and Harriet (Hudson) Clark, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of New York. They were the parents of four children, of whom Edwin was the oldest.
Our subject was reared on a farm aud educated in the schools of his native county. Land being high in that county, and being desirous of following the profession of a farmer, he decided to go West, with the intention of taking up Government land. Arriving in Benton County, he was favorably impressed with the country, and, thinking the railroad facilities would be much better than farther West, he concluded to settle here. He came to the county in 1863 and purchased 120 acres of land lying on sections 26 and 27, Jackson Township. For two seasons he worked by the month in Eden Township, and in the spring of 1866 he moved to his farm and began its cultivation, making many improvements. He is now the owner of 150 acres of fine land; the farm buildings cost $2,600.Mr. Clark was married, Dec. 5, 1865, to Mary C. Davis, daughter of David and Hannah (Wilson) Davis. They have a family of four children — Elva, now teaching school near Van Horne; Lee, attending school at Tilford Academy; Orla and Verna. The father of Mr. Clark still lives in Stephenson County; his mother died in 1861. In addition to general farming Mr. Clark is engaged in raising fine stock, giving special attention to the breeding of Poland-China hogs and Holstein cattle. Politically he is an anti-monopolist, and also a strong temperance man. In 1880 he was a candidate for County Auditor. Mr. Clark is a wellknown and influential man in his township, one having the respect and confidence of all.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 215-216.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.