GILBERT E. CLARK. There are very many representatives of the pioneers still living in this county, energetic business men and worthy citizens: Of these Mr.
Clark is one of the most prominent. He was born July 5, 1857, in the town of Eaton, and is a son of Samuel and Maria (Seymour) Clark, both of whom were natives of Madison County.
Samuel Clark owned a farm of one hundred and fourteen acres of land, one mile south from the village of Eaton, upon which he carried on farming with distinguished success many years, and upon which he reared a family of four children, all of whom are living, namely: Silas S., residing on the old farm; Sarah M., wife of W. J. Lyndon, and living
in Munnsville, this county; Gilbert E., the subject of this sketch; and Minnie M., wife of Rev. Philip B. Strong, of Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y. Samuel Clark was one of the hard-working pioneers, honest and highly respectable, and had many friends. He died at the age of seventy-nine. His widow still survives, and is seventy-eight. years old. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as was her husband. In politics he was a Republican.
Gilbert E. Clark was well educated in the district schools, and afterward attended the Oswego Normal School. Having completed his education in a most creditable manner, he was then engaged for three years in teaching school with unusual success. At the end of this time, or in 1884, he purchased the hardware business and stock of goods of C. L.
Blakeman, of the village of Eaton, and since then has been the leading hardware merchant of that village. Besides hardware, of which he keeps on hand a complete line, Mr. Clark deals in agricultural implements, being agent
for the Munnsville Plow Company and the Syracuse Plow Company. Mr. Clark is one of the most successful young business men in the county, and has without doubt a bright and useful career in store. In politics he is a Republican, and is firm in the faith, believing that the party which has since the outbreak of the Rebellion done so much for the
country is the one that should still control its destinies.
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