Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/10/2011 at 19:04:21
SAMUEL CLARK, one of the well known farmers and stock-raisers of Palermo Township, Grundy County, resides on section 16. He was born beyond the Atlantic, his birth occurring in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on the 6th of January, 1846. His father, John Clark, was also a native of that country, and there served as a laborer. Our subject was reared and educated in his native land. His privileges, however, were somewhat meager, but throughout life he has made the best of his opportunities and has become a well-to-do farmer.
In 1873, at the age of twenty-seven, Mr. Clark bade adieu to the home of his boyhood and crossed the briny deep to the United States. On landing in the New World he made his way at once to Grundy County, and purchased the northwest quarter of section 15, Palermo Township. Only one half of this land had been broken, the remainder being still in its primitive condition, but there were no buildings upon the place. He at once made the necessary improvements and continued there to reside for two years, when he sold out and purchased the farm which has since been his home, on section 16. Since that time he has erected a comfortable residence, good barns and other outbuildings, and has made the fields to yield to him a golden tribute in return for the care and labor he bestows upon them. The farm is one hundred and twenty acres in extent, and is now all under a high state of cultivation. The owner also raises a good grade of stock, and this branch of his business proves a lucrative industry.
In 1868 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Clark and Miss Lena Myers, daughter of Charles Myers, one of the early settlers of Melrose Township, who came to Iowa from New York, in which state his daughter was born. One son has come to bless the union of Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Frederick. He is still with his parents and is a bright boy of two and a-half years. Mr. Clark and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church; they contribute liberally to its support, and take an active interest in its growth and upbuilding. Our subject is a self-made man who entered upon his business career empty-handed, but he possessed self-reliance and a strong determination to succeed, and his enterprise and industry have overcome the difficulties in his path, until he is now numbered among the substantial farmers of this community.
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