Without special advantages at the outset of his career A.
E. Clark began earning his own living about the time he attained his
majority and has since worked his way upward along business lines until he is
now one of the substantial and prosperous farmers of Honey Creek township, where
he owns valuable property. He was born in DuPage county, Illinois, February 12,
1868, and is a son of Daniel and Mary J. (Foster) Clark, of whom mention is made
elsewhere in this volume. When a young lad he entered the public schools and
year after year added to his knowledge until his learning well qualified him to
take up the practical and responsible duties of life. He remained at home until
he had attained his majority and his training in the work of the fields prepared
him for the duties which have devolved upon him in connection with the
development and improvement of his own farm. When he reached man's estate he
bought his present property on section 34, Honey Creek township. He has now two
hundred and twenty two acres of land in the home farm and in addition owns
eighty acres in Clayton county. In connection with general farming he is engaged
largely in stock raising and makes a specialty of Duroc Jersey hogs. The
buildings which he has erected are modern in style of architecture and are well
adapted to the uses to which they are put.
In 1893 Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Miss
Lecta Hockaday, who was born in this county, a daughter of William and Elizabeth
(Rogers) Hockaday, both of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have one
son, Howard, who is now attending college.
Mr. Clark is identified with several fraternal
organizations, holding membership with the Masonic lodge at Manchester, the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. His study of
the political questions and issues of the day has led him to give his allegiance
to the republican party and he does not falter in his support thereof. He is now
serving as township trustee and has been officially connected with the schools
as one of the directors. Much of his life has been passed in this county and at
all times he has enjoyed the goodwill of those with whom he has come in
contact, and has won the friendship of many.