CLARK, ROBERT SR. - Adair County, Missouri | ROBERT SR. CLARK - Missouri Gravestone Photos

Robert Sr. CLARK

Highland Park Cemetery
Adair County,

Feb 29, 1828 NY
Nov 17, 1895

ROBERT CLARK.—Born in New York February 29, 1828; died in Kirksville November 17, 1895. He moved to Pennsylvania during young manhood and in 1869 he came to Kirksville. He immediately went into the hardware business and remained active in it until his death. He was prominent in the Democratic party, having served as chairman of the County Democratic central committee from 1880 to his death. He was a Mason and a K.P. He was married twice. His sons, Robert and James, continued the business after his death. The Robert Clark Hardware Company is among the oldest firms in the county, if not the oldest.

History of Adair County
By Eugene Morrow Violette

The following was taken from the writings of J.B. Bowcock, A History of Kirksville, no date available:

A fellow told me twenty years ago that young Jim Clark and little Bob Clark were two of the best hardware men in Northeast Missouri, and they are two of the oldest business men in Kirksville now.

An Old Citizen Dies Suddenly.

Last Sunday morning the community was startled by the announcement that Robert Clark, one of Kirksville's oldest business men, suddenly expired at an early hour, of heart failure. He had been ailing for a long time, but on the previous day had attended to his business as usual. When rising Sunday morning he was seized with a sudden paroxysm of pain in the region of the heart, and expired before a physician could reach his bedside.

Mr. Clark was born in New York City, Feb, 29, 1828, and had been in business in Kirksville since 1869.

He was a prominent business man and mason, and was Past Eminent Comander of Ely Comandery.

The funeral was preached at the residence by Rev. M.H. Bradley, of the First Presbyterian church, after which the remains were taken in charge by the Knights Templar who bore them to the cemetery and laid them to rest with the impressive ceremonies o[f that] order.

Weekly Graphic
Kirksville, Missouri
November 22, 1895

Photo donated by Larry and Susan Olson

Contributed on 10/2/19

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Submitted: 10/2/19 • Approved: 10/3/19 • Last Updated: 10/6/19 • R822321-G0-S3

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