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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] John S Clark
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 15:39:01 -0500


Kathy, I checked Tribune Archives and found this lengthy obit. As you read
near the bottom, this John S Clark's father & grandfather are also
mentioned. Looks like your 'John' may have lived in Arcadia, WI w/his father
before heading to Chicago. Maybe a link? Note the photo mention also.



Hope this is a connection to your line. Wish we all could have this kind of
luck ;)



1960-01-20 Chicago Tribune (IL)



JOHN S. CLARK, ASSESSOR FOR 20 YEARS



Democrat Leader Was Also Realtor



John S. Clark, 69, Democratic leader and former Cook county assessor for 20
years, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Columbus Memorial hospital. He entered the
hospital Christmas eve for observation.



Mr. Clark, who lived at 4856 Jackson blvd., retired from public life in 1954
after his long career as the county's first one-man assessor. He continued,
however, as head of John S. Clark & Sons, 211 S. Cicero av., a real estate
and home building firm.



Member of Council:In 38 years of public life, he also served as a member of
the city council from 1917 to 1934, representing the west side 30th ward.
For many years, he also was Democratic committeeman of that ward. He often
was mentioned as "mayor material."



Always considered a good vote-getter, he first was mentioned as a mayoral
possibility as the Democrats began preparing for the election of 1931, but
he stepped aside for the late Anton J. Cermak.



Mr. Clark was chairman of the city council's finance committee when Mayor
Cermak was fatally wounded Feb. 15, 1933, in Miami, Fla., by an assassin's
bullet believed to be meant for the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt.



Kelly Gets Post:At that time, Mr. Clark appeared to be the alderman most
likely to be elected mayor to succeed Cermak, but the council instead voted
the city's chief executive's position to the late Edward J. Kelly.



In 1934, he became the first assessor to be elected after a three man board
of assessors had been abolished. His first major action was the drafting and
adoption of a real estate manual for the evaluation of land and buildings.



In 1947, he again was mentioned in Democratic party circles as a potential
candidate for mayor, but he stepped aside, this time leaving the way open
for former Mayor Martin H. Kennelly to get the Democratic nomination without
opposition for his first term.



Wanted to Aid Sons:After 20 years in the assessor's office, Mr. Clark
announced his decision not to stand for reelection. Then 63, he said he
believed that it was time to give his sons the same guidance in real estate
business that he received from his father.



His grandfather, an Irish immigrant also named John S. Clark, paused briefly
in Chicago in 1846 when he came from New York in a covered wagon train and
settled in Arcadia, Wis. When his grandfather enlisted in the Union army at
the outbreak of the Civil war, the future assessor's father, John S. Clark
Jr., moved to Chicago.



Mr. Clark's father established the real estate firm in 1889 and pioneered in
the development of west and northwest side acreage. The father was one of
the first aldermen elected from the Austin district and later served in the
state legislature.



Was Youngest Alderman:Mr. Clark was graduated from St. Ignatius college and
attended the Illinois College of Law. He was 25 when first elected to the
city council and was the youngest alderman at that time.



He leaves his widow, Ita, and three sons, John S. Jr., Don D., and William
G., who is a House Democratic majority leader and the Democratic
organization's choice for nominee for Illinois attorney general.



Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Resurrection church, 5072 Jackson
blvd.



PHOTO CAPTION:Mr. Clark Record#:19600120ob014



Here's another obit:same person, with other info.



1960-01-21 Chicago Tribune (IL)



John S. Clark, beloved husband of Ita, nee Kennedy; dear father of John S.
Jr., William G., Don D.; fond brother of Frank, Mae Fitzmaurice, Annie Edie,
Alice Garry, Lilly Ash, and the late William. At funeral home, 238 S. Cicero
avenue, at Jackson boulevard. Funeral Friday, 9:30 a.m., to Resurrection
church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Calvary. Please omit flowers. AUstin 7-1000.

Record Number: 19600121dn011






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