GUY H. CLARK, Cashier of the First National Bank of Earlville, a financier of exceptional ability, older in judgment than in years, was born in Guilford,
Chenango County, May 20, 1869. His father, John A. Clark, is a native of the same town. Arvine Clark, father of John A., having spent his early life in Chenango and Ostsego Counties, later owned and occupied a large farm about six miles from Elmira, in Chemung County. He was a lumberman, and came to his death by an accident which occurred while he was engaged in "shooting" logs down a mountain not far from his home, a stone set in motion by a swiftly falling
stick of timber, which had swerved from the track, striking and killing him instantly.
John Clark, made fatherless at the tender age of six years, lived with his mother on the farm until he was twelve, when he entered the employ of the Erie Railroad Company, as driver of a team used in the construction of the railroad. This place he held but as a stepping-stone to something higher. Improving his opportunities for education while winning his way onward, he at length reached
the city of Chicago, where for about eight years he held a position as clerk in the office of the City Recorder. Returning to New York, he entered upon a business career of several years as a dealer in general merchandise, first at Rockdale, Chenango County, and later at Guilford. Selling his store at the
last-named place, his next venture was in the cattle trade, which as usual brought him in good returns. The position now held by him, that of President of the Sidney Bank, is one for which he is eminently adapted.
A youth of excellent natural abilities, Guy H. Clark received a good business education in the academies of Sidney and Oxford. He took to banking somewhat precociously as his hereditary occupation, being early called from school to the post of Assistant Cashier of the bank at Sidney. At the age of eighteen circumstances forced him to assume the duties of Cashier of a national bank, he being then one of the youngest persons ever placed in that position. Three years ago, having attained his majority, he was appointed Cashier of the First National Bank at Earlville, where he remains at the present day, enjoying an enviable, well-won reputation for integrity, accuracy, and skill in the management of monetary matters, and all at an age when, the majority of educated men have scarcely done more than take the first step in life. The Directors, who
know him best, place in him the utmost confidence, regarding him as a model Cashier. Like father, like son. Energy, probity, faithful and continued application, are qualities that tell in the long run.
In 1892 Mr. Clark married Miss Lora Winsor, daughter of C. A. and Frances Winsor. Mr. and Mrs. Clark are regular attendants at the Episcopal church. Fraternally, he is connected with the Masons, being a member of Sidney Lodge, No. 601, and with the Knights of Pythias as a member of Earlville Lodge, No. 124.
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