James D Clark

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JAMES D. CLARK, fruit grower and farmer in Gilpin township, Armstrong county, was born in Kiskiminetas township, this county, April 20, 1868, a son of Jacob W. Clark and a grandson of Henry Clark.

Henry Clark was for many years a farmer in Kiskiminetas township, Armstrong county, and died there when aged seventy years. He married Magdelena Knepshield, and they had the following children: Susanna, George W. , Jacob W., John K., Martha, Mary, Nancy, Margaret, Ida and Henry.

Jacob W. Clark, son of Henry was born Aug. 21, 1847, on the old farm of his parent�s, where he grew to manhood. He has engaged in farming all his life, and resides on his valuable estate of ninety acres, which is situated in Parks township. He is a well known and respected man, and is at present serving as supervisor of his township. He married Catherine A. Shutt, daughter of Michael Shutt of Spring Church, Armstrong county, and they have five sons: James D., Harry M., Grover C., Allen C., and William J.

James D. Clark was reared on the home farm and attended the country schools until he was sixteen years of age, when he went to Parsons Kan., remaining there one year and returning to the homestead after this glimpse of western life. When twenty-one years old he began farming for himself and remained twelve years in Burrell township, moving from there to his native township, in which he lived for seven years. In 16 he bought the Capt. Henry Truby farm in Gilpin township, containing 104 acres, and has developed into one of the foremost fruit growers in western Pennsylvania. He has orchards of choice varieties covering twenty-three and a half acres of his valuable farm, and to this industry he gives constant personal attention. His success along this line has made him well known, and he is looked upon as an authority in everything considering the raising of fruit. During the harvest seasons he gives employment to quite an army of men and boys and during the blossoming seasons, his fruit farm, just one mile east of Leechburg, is a scene of beauty that attracts many admiring visitors.

Mr. Clark married Anna Remaly, a daughter of W. R. Remaly, and they have six children: Charles J., Howard E., Ada E., Robert H., James E. and Lawrence D. Mr. Clark and family are members of the Hebron Lutheran Church at Leechburg. He casts his vote with the Democratic party, but takes no part other than a good citizen�s interest in political matters.

Source: Page 912, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed February 1999 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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