Omar I. Clark

Source: 1880 Atlas of Steuben County, IN p.53 c.3

Omar I. Clark was born July 25,1832, in Manchester, Ontario County, N. Y. being the oldest and only surviving son of Alonzo P. and Betsy (Bump) Clark. His parents were natives of Madison County and his father graduated from Hanover College January 18, 1831, coming to the wild West soon after, a poor but energetic young man. He at once commenced the practice of medicine and as the country at that time was sadly in need of a good physician, the Doctor soon secured a large practice, which he held until declining years and ill health compelled him to partly relinquish it. He was a very active and successful business man, and accumulated a very handsome property. Politically, he was formerly an Old Line Whig, and later a Republican. He was elected to the Legislature in 1854 and was noted for his clear conception of whatever was conductive to the general welfare of the masses. He was also a useful man as a lawyer and peacemaker among his neighbors. Mr. Clark died February 3, 1867, much respected by all, having lived a very useful life. His wife was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Bump, and was married to Mr. Clark at her home in Smithfield Township, Madison County, NY October11, 1828. She died March 26, 1878.

Omar I. Clark was married on the 4th of May 1854, in Orland, Millgrove Township, Steuben County, to Miss Frances C. Goldsmith, daughter of Harvey H. and Phebe A. Goldsmith, and by her he has had two children -- Oscar G. and Ada J. He is at present a farmer, but has at different times conducted milling, also the manufacture of cloth. He is a representative business man, and an out and out Republican. Mrs. Clark is a women of fine qualities, one of the best and kindest of mothers, wives and companions, nor can she be excelled as a housekeeper. Mr. and Mrs. Clark are pleasantly situated. Their daughter, Ada J. is married to Charles A. Shackford, a good business man, and present County Surveyor. She and her husband are living at the old home place.

Oscar G. was married, May 4,1879 to Miss Fee, and is living with his parents. Truly, it is a happy and undivided home.