A.D. Clark – An enterprising farmer residing at Flagg Center and whose farm lies in sections 16 and 17, Flagg Township, was born on the farm where now resides, January 17, 1855 and is the son of A.D. and Melinda (Biggers) Clark, both of whom are natives of Steuben County, New York, the former born October 14, 1822 and the latter August 10, 1827.  He was the son of Silas D. and Rhoda (Webster) Clark, the latter being a close relative of Daniel Webster.  In his youth Silas d. Clark learned the shoemaker’s trade, but soon abandoned it for the life of a farmer.  He came west in an early day but becoming homesick he returned to New York where his death occurred when past seventy years old.  His wife survived him and died when past eighty years of age.

A.D. Clark, the father of our subject, spent his boyhood and youth in his native county and at the age of twenty was united in marriage, April 26, 1843 with Miss Melinda Biggers, daughter of Clark B. and Huldah Biggers.  Her father who was a farmer in Steuben County, New York, came west in the early forties and located in Flagg Township, Ogle County and lived there for a number of years.  He then moved to Winnebago County, Illinois where his death occurred in 1878, and his wife preceding him a number of years.  To A.D. and Melinda Clark seven children were born: Alonzo B., a farmer living in Cowley County, Kansas; Silas D., a farmer living in Lafayette Township, Ogle County; Oscar F., who died November 18, 1849 at the age of ten months; Rhonda A., now the wife of G. Reed of Lafayette Township; Amerett B., who married E.R. Cooley of Pine Rock Township; Anson d., our subject, and Frank, a farmer of Flagg Township.

With his wife and one child, A.D. Clark came to Ogle County in 1845, arriving here on the 18th of September and taking up a claim of one hundred and sixty acres of wild land, a part of the farm where our subject now resides.  For the land he paid the government price of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acres.  He broke the land and built a small log cabin, which for some years was not only used as the home of the family, but as a tavern and post office, Mr. Clark serving as postmaster for a number of years.  He was a good farmer and succeeded in improving and making a valuable place of over five hundred acres, a part of which he sold to his son.  At the time of his death he yet retained two hundred and fifty-seven acres.  While giving his attention especially to his farm, during the civil war he dealt largely in horses, buying and selling to the general government.

In politics, A.D. Clark, Sr., was a Democrat.  He was township trustee for several terms, and was the first assessor and the second township clerk of Flagg Township.  He also held two commissions from the governors of the state as justice of the peace.  For twenty-eight years he was superintendent of the Sunday school at Flagg Center.  He was a true Christian man, one having at heart the interests of  his life he traveled quite extensively, visiting Europe and Asia in 1868.  He enjoyed his travels and it was a pleasure to listen to his narration of places visited and event connected therewith.  He died on the old homestead, November 21, 1893 while his good wife passed away June 3, 1891.
The subject of this sketch grew to manhood on the old home farm, and was educated in the school at Flagg Center which he attended during the winter months, his summers being spent in labor on the farm.  He continued in school until he was twenty years old when  he rented forty acres of his father’s farm and forty acres of another man, which he proceeded to cultivate.  He continued to farm rented land until 1886, when he moved to Webster County, Nebraska where he purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres and there remained until the fall of 1890, when he returned to Ogle County, where he has since continued to reside.  He now owns an interest in the home place and is engaged in general farming.

Mr. Clark was married March 18, 1884, to Miss Lucy E. Mayberry, born June 25, 1867 and daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Thornberg) Mayberry.  By this union three children have been born: Pauline M., Walter A.  The latter died in infancy and Pauline and Walter are now attending the district school which their father attended many years before.
In politics Mr. Clark is a Democrat.  While in Nebraska he served as road commissioner and since his return has served four years as a member of the school board.  Fraternally he is a member of the school board.  Fraternally he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Both are well known in Ogle County where their friends are many.

 Transcribed by Denise Border

Biographical Record of Ogle County


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