CLARKE, Henry 1849-1928
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Date: 4/17/2015 at 07:12:35
Henry Clarke, who has been poorly for the past few months, passed away at his home Monday evening. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church with Rev. Sandbach in charge.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 January 1928, pg 4
Henry Clark, Pioneer, Called
Resident of Conrad Passes Away at a Ripe Old Age
Henry Clark was born Oct. 7th, 1849, at Barnston, Nottinghamshire, England. He came to the United States as a young man in 1868 and settled in Illinois, living at Councilville for four years. In 1872 he came to Iowa and settled in Felix township, Grundy county.
He was united in marriage to Margaret Lister March 11th, 1879, and to this union were born four sons, George, who passed away in 1908, and William H., James and John, all of Conrad.
He retired from the farm and moved to Conrad to live 12 years ago. He passed away at his home Monday evening, Jan. 23, 1928, at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 16 days. He leaves to mourn his loss his loving wife, three sons, 14 grandchildren, one brother and one sister; also a large number of distant relatives living in England and a host of friends.
Mr. Clark was baptized and confirmed in the Church of England according to the custom of the times; he was raised in the Methodist Sunday school and church and has been a lifelong adherent of the Methodist church and has always been faithful to it and to its every claim. His Christian life and character have been living testimonies to his loyalty to his faith and his trust in his Savior.
He has been in failing health for about two years and though often a sufferer, always uncomplaining during the last few weeks his only complaint has been his inability to be out to church in his accustomed place.
In young manhood he along with a cousin heard the call of the great West as did many another of the best stock of the English farmers. He came with a vision of larger opportunities, he came and settled upon the farm and was content. He is numbered among the early pioneers of Grundy county, having been a resident of this county for almost 60 years and with his passing has gone to a well-earned reward and rest one of our early settlers and prominent farmers of this territory.
He grew up and developed along with the state and he was ever active in every good cause. A citizen by adoption, an American in spirit and a farmer by choice, he is to be numbered among the sturdy manhood of the early west who laid the foundations for us. He served his generation and made his contribution, giving his full measure of devotion to the task. As a loyal citizen, a loving husband, a kind father and a true Christian, he will be greatly missed from our midst not only from the immediate circle of his own family, but by the entire community, for all who ever knew him know they have lost a friend.
Funeral services were held from the home in Conrad and from the Methodist church, his pastor, Rev. O. Sandbach, officiating, on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 and he was laid to rest by the side of his son in the family lot in the Benson cemetery at Whitten near the old home where he first settled in this county nearly 60 years ago.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 January 1928, pg 6
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