William A. Clark
One of the leading citizens of West Union and the representative of an old
and influential Fayette county family is William A. Clark, who was born in
Eldorado, this county, in 1857, the son of Lookings and Mary (Kinney)
Clark, both natives of Pennsylvania. His paternal grandfather, William
Clark, was also born in Pennsylvania, while his wife hailed from the state
of New Jersey. In the early days they all figured prominently in their
Lookings Clark grew to maturity in the old Keystone state and received his
education in the early-day schools. In 1849 he came to Galena, Illinois,
by rail and the remainder of the way to Eldorado on foot. There he helped
build the first dam in that place. After a year or two there he returned
to Pennsylvania and there married, after which event he came back to
Eldorado, Iowa, and bought sixty acres of land near that town. He
prospered, being a hard worker and a man who looked carefully to small
details, and he eventually became the owner of one hundred and ten acres
of good land. He operated the same until a few years before his death,
when he sold his farm and moved to West Union, spending his declining
years in retirement; however, he purchased eighty acres south of that
city, which he looked after. He was a successful farmer, and religiously
he was an ardent Wesleyan Methodist. The maternal grandparents of W. A.
Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Kinney, were natives of New Jersey.
To Mr. and Mrs. Lookings Clark the following children were born: Orpha J.
married I.H. Hazlett; Mrs. James A. Iliff, mention of whom is made
elsewhere in this work; Adie, deceased; Maggie, deceased; William A., of
William A. Clark was reared on the home farm and for a period of twenty
years he conducted very successfully his father's eighty acres, south of
West Union. Since that time he has resided in West Union, with the
exception of two years spent on a farm near this city. He has various real
estate interests in West Union which claim his attention. While on his
father's farm he conducted a dairy and a milk route for twelve years and
no small part of his nice competency was gained in this way. He finally
purchased this farm, but sold it when he moved to town. He was regarded as
one of the leading farmers and dairy men in the county; in fact, he has
been successful at whatever he has turned his attention.
Mr. Clark was married in 1881 to Carrie Fox, of Elgin, this county, the
daughter of a well-known family there. The father of Mrs. William A. Clark
was Charles N. Fox, who came to Allamakee county, Iowa, in 1855, then
removed to Fayette county in 1858.
This union resulted in the birth of the following children: Blanche, now
living in South Dakota; Edna, deceased. The mother of these children was
called to her rest in 1884.
In 1886 Mr. Clark married Melissa Wolf, a woman of genial personality, and
to this second union the following children have been born: Alfred, Susie,
Russell, Lenora, all living at this writing. The maternal grandparents of
these children are Henry and Amandy (Pitcher) Wolf, the former born in
Columbus, Ohio. In 1866 they came to Fayette county, Iowa, and purchased a
saw-mill at Eldorado, which Mr. Wolf operated until 1877, when he moved to
Kansas. Later he returned to West Union and now lives here retired, having
been very successful in his business career.
Mr. Clark is regarded as one of the upright and scrupulously honest men of
this vicinity, always ready to do what he can in promoting the moral,
spiritual and civic welfare of the county. He is an active Wesleyan
Methodist and a Prohibitionist.
~Typed for the Fayette Co IAGenWeb Project by Mary Thiele