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Surnames: CLARK DUNN

----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 12/30/1905

Clark, W. H. (11 FEB 1849)

W. H. Clark was born at Lee, Mass., Feb. 11, 1849, and came to Wisconsin with his mother and settled two and one-half miles west of Humbird, Clark County, Wis. in May 1857, his father having preceded them the previous fall. He went to Pittsfield, Mass., in 1868, remaining two years attending school. The railroad company took advantage of his absence and extended their road from about ten miles south of Black River Falls to Eau Claire and place Humbird on the map. He returned from the east in 1870 and after spending two years teaching the young idea "how to shoot," obtained employment in the store of Houghton & Wilder, which position was held until after the death of Mr. Wilder and the dissolution of the firm in 1878. Mr. Clark was married to Emma Dunn Aug. 6, 1873; he says he was his wife's birthday present and that she has never had any desire to celebrate another birthday in the same way. They have had four children, two of whom still contribute their share toward making life interesting. Mr. Clark worked life insurance fourteen years, was general agent for the Masonic Benefit Association of Wis. and served six years on its board of directors; he is now and for several years has been working for the Masonic Publishing Co. of Milwaukee. The reawakening of Humbird is due principally to the dairy business and a more enterprising class of businessmen. Morals along some lines are far above average, in other directions may fall below; room for improvement however in all. As a credit to the town he mentions three houses dedicated to the worship of God; a high school that compares favorably with some in larger towns; a literary society connected therewith that has existed for about fifteen years, which could and should be made more beneficial to its members; a few successful businessmen who are the product of this community; a life insurance association which offers as good a plan of cooperative protection as any on the market. It is not perfect, but has no superior and he says this is not an advertisement.

"Oh, yes," he adds, "I had almost forgotten the street lights, I mean lamps."

He says we need a pickle factory, or at least a salting station, and a small manufacturing plant of some kind, but most of all a greater interest along educational lines and some means by which the young people would receive some encouragement for further advancement. The high school should be made still better and an effort made to place it upon the accredited list and keep it there. As to its future, he thinks Humbird will always be a good business town, but never a large one. He says this whole yarn could have been spun in just tow words, "nice country."



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