Clark County Clipper, August 25, 1927


Pearl Clark, young farmer living between Mulvane and Derby, died in Wesley hospital between six and seven o'clock Saturday evening, death coming just about 26 hours after he received injuries at his home Friday evening.  The fatal injuries were received while Mr. Clark and a neighbor were pulling hedge with a team.

Mr. Clark lived on the farm of his grandmother, Mrs. Arminda Turley, on the Arkansas River five miles northeast of Mulvane.  He and Lyle Cherry, who lives on an adjoining farm, with some helpers were pulling hedge from the line between the two places, and close by the Clark home.  They were using a cable and windlass and turning the latter with a team to wind up the cable.  Mr. Clark was driving the team and walking behind them when the clevis with which they were hitched to the end of the windlass beam broke.  The pull of the cable caused the beam to fly back when the clevis broke.  The beam struck Mr. Clark in the stomach and seriously injured him.  Doctors were called but the seriousness of Clark's injuries did not appear until Saturday morning, when he was taken to the hospital.  Death was said to be due to shock and peritonitis which sat in after the injury.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Congregational church at Udall, at 2:30.  Rev. H. S. Scott, the pastor preached the funeral sermon.  Burial was made in the Udall cemetery.  V. L. Gordon Undertaking Company in charge.

Pearl Clark, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Clark, was born near Udall, May 18, 1898.  He was reared in the Udall community and on October 5, 1920, was married to Miss Pauline Richards.  They made their home in California until last spring when they came to Mulvane and moved onto the place northwest of town where the fatal accident occurred.  Mr. Clark's father died less than a year ago.  He is survived by his widow, three children, Virginia, 4; Dorothy, 3; and Bobby Jack, less than a year old; by his mother, Mrs. Irene Clark of Wichita, his aged grandmother, Mrs. Arminda Turley of Udall, and by many relatives and hosts of friends.

The above was taken from the Mulvane News, Mrs. P. S. Clark is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Richards of this city.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 19, 2005.


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