Lee County Biography

EDMUND B. CLARK, who has been identified with the industrial interests of Dixon for the last twenty years as a house and sign painter, and is carrying on a lucrative business in his line, is a native of the State of Vermont, and was born in the pretty town of Chelsea, August 20, 1880. His father, William C. Clark, was born in the town of Bane, Mass., and was the son of Kdmund Clark, who is thought to have been of English birth and antecedents. In the early part of his life, probably during the latter part of the eighteenth century, he came to this country, and at first located in Massachusetts. He subsequently removed to Vermont and engaged in the mercantile business at Eden, Lamoille County, but his last days were passed in the town of Cambridge.

William C. Clark went from his native State to settle among the green hills of Vermont, and established himself as n merchant at Chelsea. From there be went to the town of Eden, whence he removed in 1846 to Albany, N. Y., and was employed in the mercantile business in that city for a time. His next move was to Manchester, N. H. in 1848 or 1849, and after that he was engaged as a traveling salesman, representing a Boston house part of the time, and he made that his home until his untimely death in 1859. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Hibbard, and she was a native of Brookfield, Vt, a daughter of Oliver and Abigail Hibbard. She spent her last days with her children in Havre de Grace and Philadelphia, dying in the latter city in January, 1868. She reared these five children: Edmund B. Oliver, Daniel W., William U and Martha. He of whom we write obtained a good education in his youth, attending a part of each year until he was seventeen years old. He then commenced learning the trade of a cabinet-maker at Hyde Park, Vt., serving an apprenticeship of a year and a half in that place, and then he went to Nashua to serve the rest of his time. In 1846 he went to Albany, N. Y., and for six months was a clerk in n general store. After that he acted in the same capacity in New York City for a few months, but was obliged to resign his position on account of ill-health. Returning to Albany, he remained there until 1848, and then went back to New York to learn the trade of window-shade painting, and was thus employed nearly a year, and then finished learning the trade at Albany. We next hear of him at Derby Line, Vt., busily working at his trade. Six months later he went Manchester, N. II., to carry on his calling.

In the spring of 1850, Mr. Clark took up his residence in the city of Boston, and, forming a partnership with A. C. Sturtevant, engaged in Die manufacture of window shades for some time. Three years from the time he went to Boston he returned to Manchester, and was there a few months prior to going to Lowell, Mass., where he opened a shop and carried on his occupation in that city a year. At the expiration of that time he sold his business, and for a year was engaged in the manufacture of window shades at Manchester, doing etistom work. After that he traveled a few months with Dr. Boyington, a noted lecturer on geology.

When he left the Doctor, Mr. Clark returned once again to Manchester, and was a resident of that city until 1857, and then Philadelphia was his abiding place for awhile, and subsequently a year was spent in the quaint town of Lancaster, Pa. Back again then to Manchester, and there he lived until the close of the war. In that year he went to New York City once more for a few months, and then made his way to Baltimore, Md., where he engaged in the manufacture of window shades for a short time. Six months later we find him at Havre de Grace, in the same State, and there he was engaged in ornamental painting and frescoing for some years. In 1869 he left the South, and, coming to Dixon, began life here as a sign painter. So well did he prosper in that that he was encouraged to locate in this city permanently, and in 1871 he opened an office, and has ever since devoted himself to house and sign painting, etc., and has all the business that he can attend to, as he has many patrons who appreciate his neat and artistic work.

Mr. Clark was first married in 1854, to Miss Laura Smith, a native of Maine. She died in Manchester, N. II., in 1855, after a brief wedded life. Our subject was married to his present wife in 1857, and they have made for themselves a home that is cozy, comfortable and pleasant Mrs. Clark was formerly Prances A. Osgood, and is a native of New Hampshire. Our subject possesses many traits of character that make him a desirable citizen, a good neighbor and sincere friend, and a kind husband. His interest in politics is centered in the Democratic party, of which he is a firm supporter.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 410

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