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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] John S Clark
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 17:35:41 -0500
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What a wonderful obit!

On May 14, 2007, at 3:14 PM, <>
<> wrote:

> 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 Number: 19600120ob014
>
> Copyright 1960, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact
> Chicago
> Tribune.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [mailto:] On Behalf Of Kathy &
> Pete
> DYER
> Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 1:46 PM
> To:
> Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] diocese
>
> Is there a website for the Diocese of Chicago? I found a marriage
> record of
> for John S. Clark and Delia Pierce in 1885 which lists the priest
> Father
> Kuppens but doesn't give the church. If I knew the church I could
> look for
> relatives as this Clark family is totally lost to my family. Thanks
> Kathy
> Dyer
>
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