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Subject: Re: Rev. R. Clark in 1868, ? church
Date: 31 May 2005 13:13:07 -0600
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*Obituary of Rev. Robert Clark:
CLARK, REV. ROBERT - (1820-1904) - Click for CEMETERY READING
Our community was shocked Wednesday evening Mar. 2, when the sad news announced the death of Uncle Robt. Clark, an old and respected citizen and minister of the gospel. He had been ill with pneumonia for several days and showed the wonderful vitality, but his advanced age of 84 years could not withstand the effects of the disease.
Funeral services will be held at the M. E. church in this city Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m., conducted by the Revs. McElroy, of Springfield, and Short, of Jacksonville.
(Waverly Journal, Mar. 4, 1904)
Rev. Robert Clark was born in a log cabin, of Scotch parentage, 6 miles south of Bloomington, Ind., Aug. 26, 1820; and died at Waverly, Ill., Mar. 2, 1904. When 12 years of age, with his parents, he moved to Louisville, Ky., where he clerked in a store for three years, returning agin to Indiana 2 years after his parents had returned. He was apprenticed to the firm of Batterton Bros. At 16 years of age to learn the cabinet business and for 4 years he toiled for his board and clothes both of which were very meager and of the cheapest quality. Afterward he spent one year in old Asbury, now DePauw university, Greencastle, Ind., and among his classmates and his college chum was Thomas A. Hendricks, afterwards vice president of the United States. While in college he paid his way working morning and evenings and on Saturdays. During this year his father died and left him to support his widowed mother and a large family of brothers and sisters. The family soon afterward moved!
to Paris, Ill., where he engaged in business and was quite successful, but fire destroyed everything. As soon as possible he started in again and was able to provide for all the past losses and accumulated quite a great deal of property. About this time he was elected sheriff of Edgar county, and as there were no banks, the money was kept in the office. His partner in business and deputy in office stole all the funds and left him bankrupt; but during after years, every dollar was paid by Brother Clark.
He was married to Miss Sarah E. Shrader and she lived two years. Four years afterward he married Miss Bertha Reeves, of Kinsman, Ohio, and at the time of his marriage was a teacher in the Methodist seminary in Paris, Ill. She only lived seven months. After four years he married Miss Orlean Hanks, of Whitehall, Ill., and to this union was born four sons and a daughter, - William H., Charles S., Edgar S., Ida L. and Harry P. After fourteen years, death came into the home and took away the mother. In 1871 he was married to Mrs. O. Abernathy and after 28 years his home was again broken up in the death his wife, Dec. 19, 1899.
He was converted in 1846 and under the pastorate of Rev. R. C. Norton, united with the M. E. church. During the pastorate of Rev. Wm. Stevenson and at his solicitation and all the prominent members, he accepted a license to preach and after supplying different places entered the regular ministry. He was received on trial in the Illinois conference in 1856 and was appointed as follows, 1856, Wilmington; 1857, Manchester; 1858-9, 2nd charge, Griggsville; 1860-1, Scottville; 1861-3, Whitehall; 1864-6, Greenfield; 1867-9, Franklin; 1870-2, Waverly; 1873-5, Winchester; 1876-8, Carrollton; 1879-80, Virginia; 1881, superannuated; 1882-3, Waverly ct.; 1884-5, Pittsfield; 1886-7, Naples and Meredosia; 1888-90, Illiopolis; 1891, Assumption. Here his voice failed and at the conference of 1892 he asked to be given the superannuated relation; and came to Waverly to spend, in a quiet way, his remaining years in the services of the master. Bro. Clark was a successful preacher and a gre!
at organizer, and debt exterminator. He always left the charge better than he found it. He was true to all the interests of the church and one of her most faithful members. Notwithstanding the struggles of his early life he managed to become a well read
man and an original and vigorous thinker. He read and mastered great books. He was a close student to the end of his life. He was practical and plain in the presentation of the gospel. He was a man of rare common sense. He was a man of deep piety and purity in life. During his last illness he was anxious to depart and be with Christ, yet patient until the master should call. He leaves to mourn his loss besides a host of friends, 2 sons, Wm. H., of Carrollton, Ill., Harry P., Los Angeles, Cal., and a number of grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Marion Steel, of Sullivan, Ill. The funeral services occurred in the M.E. church of Waverly, Mar. 4, conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. A. Hartrick, and by his request, Dr. W. N. McElroy, of Springfield, a convert under his ministry, and Dr. W. F. Short, a conference class mate, delivered the funeral orations. Revs. G. E. Scrimger, of Jacksonville; M. L. Browning, of Franklin; and R. P. Droke and T. H. Agnew, of Waverly, assist!
ed in the services. The pallbearers were members of Waverly Masonic lodge, of which he was an honored member. Interment in East Cemetery.
(Waverly Journal, March 11, 1904)
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