CLARK, Albert 1846-1920
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Date: 11/29/2016 at 16:29:21
Death Calls A Well Known Citizen
Mr. Albert Clark Passes From This Life After a Week's Illness From a Paralytic Stroke
Was One of the Pioneer Settlers of This County and Was Very Highly Esteemed.
The death of Mr. Albert Clark whose serious illness from paralysis was briefly mentioned in last week's Dispatch, occurred at his home in Grundy Center last Thursday evening about 6:30 o'clock.
On Thursday or Friday of the previous week, Mr. Clark had suffered a stroke of paralysis, and as it was the second time he had been stricken, his recovery was considered very doubtful from the first. His absent children were notified of his condition and arrived in time to be recognized by their father and were constantly near him until the end came. The funeral services were held from the late home of the deceased on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. Fred P. Fisher, pastor of the Methodist church, and the remains were interred in the cemetery which has borne Mr. Clark's name for many years.
When Albert Clark passed away, this community lost a true and upright citizen, the church of Christ a loyal and faithful member, and the home a devoted husband and father. He was the son of Lucius and Almena Clark, and was born in Monroe county, Ohio, February 14, 1846. With his parents he came to Iowa in 1861 and located in Butler county and in the spring of 1862 came to Grundy county, settling on a farm a few miles north of this city. This county has been his home ever since. Twenty-one years ago last August, they left the farm and moved to Grundy Center.
Mr. Clark came from a family of ten children and he was the last survivor. He was married to Miss Mary Troutman March 16, 1865. Five years ago they together celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, when a large company of relatives and friends gathered in the Methodist church to do them honor. Besides the wife and the mother, there are four children living, one dying in infancy. They are Mrs. George Frost, living west of this city, Rev. Lucius Clark who is secretary of the Federation of Christian Churches of Washington, D.C., Jeffie Clark, who lived but one year and a half, John Clark, of this city, and Mrs. Ada Gleason of Cedar Rapids. There are also living nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Albert Clark was converted in early life and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. He was for many years an official member of the church, a class leader, and always active and interested in the business matters of the church as well as in its more spiritual and devotional life. He was always a hard working man, and it might be said of him, indeed, that with him work was a delight. He had often expressed himself to the effect that when the time came that he could not work, that to him would be the sign of the end. He was never contented unless active and this continued up to the very last. This disposition no doubt helped him to keep him young and vigorous and his thrift and industry were amply rewarded in temporal affairs. He was a good and accommodating neighbor, was devoted to his family, a man of strict integrity, and a citizen who was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and in the more than half a century of his residence here he had a large acquaintance. A good name and splendid memories of a well spent life are the crowning legacy which he leaves to his posterity.
--The Grundy County Dispatch (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 September 1920, pg 1
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