Edward R. Clark
Among the strong and influential citizens of Fayette county, the record of
whose lives have become an essential part of this section, the gentleman
whose name appears above occupies a prominent place and for years he has
exerted a beneficial influence in the community where he resides. His
chief characteristics seem to be keenness of perception, a tireless
energy, honesty of purpose and motive and everyday common sense, which
have enabled him not only to advance his own interests, but also largely
contributed to the moral and material advancement of the county.
Edward R. Clark, the popular and efficient sheriff of Fayette county,
Iowa, was born in Iroquois county, Illinois, November 21, 1857, and is the
son of Edward R. and Ellen E. (Sill) Clark. The father, Edward R. Clark,
Sr., was born in Christian county, Kentucky, coming in his early youth
with his father's family and other friends from the same locality to
McLean county, Illinois, where they settled in and around Bloomington, and
became identified with the early history and interests of that city.
Southern born and bred, his brothers and friends for the most part adhered
to their early teachings. He, on the contrary, early imbibed the spirit
and principles of his adopted state. He was a young man of high ideals of
duty and honor and unblemished character. When the war of the Rebellion
broke out he hastened to join the defenders of the Union, and enlisted in
the Eighty-sixth Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. He died in the first
year of his term of service at Nashville, Tennessee, in the year 1863,
leaving his wife to care for and train their two children, Helen M., who
died in her young womanhood, and Edward R., the subject of this sketch,
who at the time of his father's death was five years old. The mother still
lives, a member of her son's household in West Union, Iowa.
Mr. Clark was educated in his native state. He came to Fayette county,
Iowa, in 1887 and engaged in the stock business, continuing successfully
in that line of endeavor until his election, in November, 1908, as sheriff
of Fayette county. He was located at Hawkeye the greater portion of the
time, although he was in Chicago ten years. He is regarded as one of the
best judges of livestock in the county and he has a world of experience in
buying, raising and shipping all varieties and qualities, his efforts
having been crowned with abundant success.
Mr. Clark is a loyal Republican and was nominated and elected by this
party, and so far he has discharged the duties of the important office to
which he has been called with rare ability, foresight and discretion, to
the entire satisfaction of his constituents and, in fact, all concerned,
this proving the wisdom of his selection as sheriff. Fraternally, he is a
member of Lodge No. 69, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, at West Union,
Iowa, and his daily life among his fellow men would indicate that he lives
up to its sublime precepts.
Mr. Clark was married in September, 1891, to Cora F. Henderson, daughter
of M.V. and Clara (Hall) Henderson, early settlers of Fayette county and a
highly respected family. Mrs. Clark was educated in the public schools of
Auburn, her birthplace, and for some time prior to her marriage she was a
very successful teacher in Clayton and Fayette counties.
~transcribed for the Fayette Co IAGenWeb Project by Mary