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Clark Cemetery
Council Bluffs

Clark Cemetery

Clark Cemetery was established in 1860 when 120 acres of land was purchased by Algernon Sidney Bonham, who immediately discovered that the property encompassed 121 acres after a survey was made. The grantor, Edwin Clark, agreed to include the extra property in the purchase and the gentlemen chose the name of the cemetery by flipping a coin. Since the burial site was named in honor of Edwin Clark, the adjoining road became "Bonham" in honor of Algernon Bonham.

The cemetery is located on top of a hill on Franklin Avenue near Bennett Avenue and is supposed to be open on Memorial Day.* The road to the cemetery has been closed. This action was taken in an effort to minimize vandalism to the remaining gravestones.

The care of the cemetery has been transferred to the City of Council Bluffs. The cemetery was read right to left, starting with the row nearest the entrance. It was read Memorial Day weekend, 2001.

*I was back up to Clark Cemetery on Memorial Day, 2002 at approximately 1:00 p.m. and the cemetery was not open. You can walk around or under the gate, but you cannot drive up to it.
Clark Cemetery

Clark Cemetery


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Name Dates Remarks Row
Bates, Arnold Died ------ Aged --- (Masonic emblem on stone) (Date and age illegible) 8
Bonham, A. S. Feb 20, 1816-May 19, 1911   9
Bonham, Barnabas A. Aug 30, 1836 - Jan 25, 1908   9
Bonham, Rachel Nov 22, 1815 - Nov 11, 1902 "Wife of A. S." 9
Bonham, Rebecca Apr 12 1849 - Jun 12, 1921 "Wife of Barnabas" 9
Bonham, Wilber R. Feb 27, 1887 - Feb 14, 1908   9
Clark, Alice L. May 28, 1859 - Mar 3, 1949 "Mother - His Wife"(Wife of Samuel) 8
Clark, Daniel B. Died Oct 1, 1897, Aged 78 y 8 m 27 d "Erected in loving remembrance by children and grandchildren" 8
Clark, E. Beryle Died 1890 "Son of E. T. & M. E." 10
Clark, Edwin J. Jan 20, 1873, Aged 30 y 11 m 14 d 8
Clark, Eleanor Died Jul 3,1897, Aged 77 y 6 m 11 d "Wife of Daniel B." 8
Clark, FJDC     8
Clark, Infant   Born (illegible) 8
Clark, Infant Son 1   (all other information illegible)  
Clark, Infant Son 2   Infant Son of E. T. & M. E. Clark 10
Clark, Infant Sons Died Jan ?? (illegible)"Son of E. T. & M. E." 10
Clark, Jessie Dec 17, 1874 - Died Jun 3, 1884 "Child of C. & A." 9
Clark, Pearl Feb 25, 1881 - Died Oct 7, 1881 "Child of C. & A." 9
Clark, Samuel W. Jan 26, 1859 - Feb 1, 1923 "Father" (Masonic emblem on stone) 8
Cogley, Clara M. May 11, 1896 - Died Mar 9, 1935 "Wife of M. A." 9
Dolan, Child Aug 10, 1877 - Died (illegible) "Child of I. N. & M. F." 7
Epperson, Mildred P. 1893 - 1915   3
Esancy, Dema D. 1914 - 1916 "Daughter" 4
Esancy, Dema D. 1885 - 1968 "Mother - Wife of Ernest L." 4
Esancy, Emma M. 1856 - 1938 "His Wife" (Wife of W. H. H.) 4
Esancy, Ernest L. 1880-1943 "Father" 4
Esancy, Ernest L. Jr. May 24, 1912 - May 26, 1972 "Husband" 4
Esancy, Violet F. May 7, 1921 - "Wife" (Wife of Ernest L. Jr.) 4
Esancy, William H. H., Sr. May 23, 1841 - May 31, 1908   4
Fernstrom, Charles William Jun 11, 1880 - Sep 10, 1881 "Child of A. & C." 8
Fernstrom, Infant Mar 9, 1898 - Mar 22, 1898 "Child of A. & C." 8
Gray, Elizie J. May 15, 1865 - Feb 1, 1925 "His Wife" (On footstone: "Mother - Wife of John C.") 5
Gray, Gene L. May 30, 1884 - Feb 14, 1918 "Their Son"(Footstone: "Gene") 5
Gray, John C. Aug 30, 1853 - Mar 19, 1927 (Footstone:"Father") 5
Hartwell, Clara M. May 11, 1870 - Mar 9, 1895   5
Hartwell, Dexter P. Sep 2, 1835 - Sep 28, 1878   10
Hartwell, George W. Aug 17, 1848 - Died Feb 19, 18?? (illegible)Aged 22 y 6 m 3 d "Son of Rueben & Lucy" 10
Hartwell, Lida J. Aug 4, 1876 - Jun 4, 1877   10
Hartwell, Lillie C. Jan 14, 1872 - Jul 13, 1872   10
Hartwell, Lucinda A. Nov 8, 1838 - Jun 13, 1915 "His Wife" (Wife of Dexter P.) 10
Hartwell, Rueben P. Born Nov 2?, 18?8 - Died Jan 8, 1862   10
Heppner, Baby   No other information available 6
Heppner, Clara   No other information available 6
Heppner, Cora C. E. Feb 23, 1883 - Died Dec 12, 1904 "In Memoriam"(Woodmen Circle on stone)(Footstone: "Mother") 6
Heppner, Harry   No other information available 6
Kleeman, Edward Lorence Nov 20, 1913 - Jun 10, 1978 "U.S. Army - WWII" 1
Kleeman, Henry H. 1862 - 1955   1
Kleeman, Ruth Louise 1916 - 1938   1
Morgan, Caroline 1856 - 1941 "Mother" 6
Morgan, Riley J. 1857 - 1917   6
Napier, John R. Nov 29, 1866 - Oct 21, 1944 "Their Son" (Footstone: "Son") 2
Napier, Joseph F. Sep 24, 1841 - Nov 7, 1926 (Footstone: "Father") 2
Napier, Margaret J. Jun 11, 1846 - Feb. 14, 1926 "His Wife" (Wife of Joseph F.)(Footstone: "Mother") 2
Oliver, Amanda L. Aug. 20, 1854 - June 12, 1918 "His Wife" (Wife of John W.)(Footstone: "Mother") 2
Oliver, John W. Jun 29, 1848 - Jun 15, 1916 (Footstone: "Father") 2
Pettit, Ethel M. Nov 12, 1884 - Apr 27, 1901 "Dau of Geo L. & Jeanette" 8
Pettit, George L. 1860 - 1925 "Father" 8
Pettit, Hugh L. Oct 14, 1886 - Jan 10, 1914 (Woodmen of the World Memorial) 8
Pettit, Marc K. 1891 - 1937 "Son" 8
Pettit, Martha J. 1857 - 1940 "Mother" (Wife of George) 8
Reynolds, Daniel B. 1879 - 1953   4
Reynolds, LeNola B. 1906 - 1925   4
Reynolds, Nellie P. 1882 - 1929   4
Rich, Roy A. Jun 23, 1888 - Apr 11, 1990 "Son of W. G. & A. L.) 7
Sayre, Mary Jan. 2, 18?? (illegible) - Died in Council Bluffs, Iowa Dec. 21, 1879 8
Schrodt, Unknown 1     10
Schrodt, Unknown 2     10
Sellars, Anna 1873 - 1933 (Wife of William) 2
Sellars, Will 1867 - 1954   2
Smith, Anna B. Apr 8, 1848 - Aug 17, 1912 "His Wife" (Wife of Daniel)(Footstone: "Mother") 9
Smith, Daniel J. Feb 14, 1841 - Mar 19, 1914 "Co I 6th Iowa Inf" (Footstone: "Father") 9
Smith, Ernest F. Oct 30, 1899 - Mar 25, 1959 "Together Forever" (Footstone: Military Marker:
Oct 30, 1899 - Mar 25, 1959 "Iowa Pfc - 573 Demobilization Gp WWI)
3
Smith, Eudora 1864 - 1943 "Mother" (Wife of Stanton B.) 9
Smith, Frank O. Feb 21, 1870 - Jun 7, 1955   3
Smith, Gregory Alan Ernest Jul 26, 1952 - May 29, 1979   3
Smith, L. May May 15, 1904 - May 29, 1979 (Wife of Ernest F.) 3
Smith, Marguerite Jan 16, 1904(?) - Feb 1, 1904   4
Smith, Martin Aug 13, 1894 - Feb 7, 1976 "Pfc U.S. Army WWI" 9
Smith, Pluma D. Nov 25, 1868 - Jan 13, 1915 (Wife of F. O.) 3
Smith, Stanton B. 1867 - 1959 "Father" 9
Smith, Unknown   (information illegible) 10
Unknown, Allie     8
Warner, Gertrude Mar 21, 1903 - Aug 23, 1921   10
Williamson, Unknown   (stone broken - only Williamson can be read) 4
Broken stone   (no inscription could be read) 7

Clark Cemetery

Clark Cemetery

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