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Joshua C. Clark

BALLARD, CLARK, GORDON, JORDAN, SMITH, THORNBURG, TUSHA

Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 3/18/2006 at 13:50:51

Winterset Madisonian - May 1915

Joshua C. Clark died at his home on South Fourth street on last Sunday morning from injuries received in an auto accident on the evening of the 11th. While the seriousness of his injuries was realized from the first, his condition a week ago was much improved. Alarming symptoms caused by internal injuries developed later and on Friday absent members of his family were summoned.

He was one of the very earliest settlers of this county, his parents, Caleb and Ruth Clark being one of the three first families who immigrated here in 1846. He was born in this county March 20, 1850, and his entire life was spent in and near Winterset.

He was married May 17, 1873, to Cynthia Ann Thornburg, who preceded him in death on July 11, 1912. Surviving members of the family are five sons, Everett, Claude, Audley, Walter, and Chas, and one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Jordan. Of his parental family there remains four brothers: Rufus, Joel N., Denny and Frank, and four sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Gordon, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Mrs. Mary Tusha and Mrs. Martha Ballard. Mrs. Tusha resides at Elida, N. M., and Denny at Mitchell, S. D., the others in this county.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. L. F. Davis were held at the Church of Christ on Tuesday afternoon and burial in the Winterset cemetery. the membership of the Knights of Pythias order attended in a body and at the grave read the last tribute of respect to a departed brother.

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Winterset Reporter
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, May 26, 1915
Page 5, Column 3

Joshua Clark Dies.
One of the saddest deaths that has occurred in Winterset for some time, is that of Joshua Clark, which occurred last Sunday morning between three and four o’clock, the result of an accident in which he was run down by an automobile less than two weeks ago. Mr. Clark apparently was getting along nicely for the first five or six days following the accident, but after that time reaction set in, the result of some infection which would not yield to treatment.

Mr. Clark belonged to a family that was one of the very earliest settlers of Madison county, his father settling here in 1846. The deceased was born in 1850 and at the time of his death was, perhaps, the oldest native born citizen then living in the county. He had lived all his life here and he had witnessed the growth and development of a pioneer community to a populace and thrifty town and country.

Mr. Clark was a stone cutter by trade as was his father before him, and there are very few buildings now in Winterset that do not contain some of his handwork. He was a most conscientious workman, honorable and reliable in all his dealings. Nobody had to keep an eye on Joshua Clark after he started on a job of work. He could be depended upon to do the work strictly according to contract.

The community mourns with the bereaved family over his sad and untimely death and his familiar face will be missed from among us. He leaves five sons and one daughter, his wife having preceded him to the better world three years ago.

The funeral services were held yesterday at the Church of Christ, conducted by the Rev. L.F. Davis and interment was made in the Rock City cemetery.

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