Clark, Walter S. 1836-1917
CLARK, MCGULPIN, DRUMM
Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 11/10/2007 at 20:18:46
DEATH OF A VETERAN
Walter S. Clark Homesteaded Here Over Forty Years Ago
W. S. Clark, a pioneer resident of Plymouth county, died at his home in
Sioux City on Friday night. Mr. Clark was well known to the early residents
of LeMars and vicinity. He homesteaded land at an early day a mile and a
half east of town on what is known as the old brewery. Mr. Clark frequently
visited in LeMars and only two weeks ago was here visiting with old friends.
The SIOUX CITY JOURNAL says of him:
"Walter S. Clark, 81 years old, for thirty years a resident of Sioux City,
died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. H. Drumm, 1523 West
Sixth Street, of senility.
Mr. Clark was born in Vermont in 1836. He enlisted in the Fifteenth regiment
of Illinois cavalry in 1861 and served through the Civil War.
In connection with his enlistment as a soldier in the Union army occurred an
incident to which Mr. Clark looked back upon I recent years with some
amusement. The first attempt of Mr. Clark to enlist in the Union forces was
a failure and the examining physicians said he was afflicted with
tuberculosis. His second attempt was successful and after serving through
the war, Mr. Clark lived more than a half century.
It was in 1861 that Mr. Clark came to Iowa and with his parents settled in
Plymouth county, just east of LeMars. In 1868 he was married to Miss Anna
McGilpin (sic-McGulpin), of Melvin (Melbourne?) Iowa. He came to Sioux City in 1887.
He is survived by two sons, S.S. Clark, of Quincy, Mich., and W.K. Clark, of
Rochester, N.Y., and a daughter, Mrs. W.H. Drumm, of Sioux City, all of whom
were present when death came."
The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the residence. Rev.
D.R. Huber conducting the services and the interment made in the Floyd
Cemetery in Sioux City.
~source: LeMars Sentinel, May 15, 1917
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