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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - John G. Clark

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


JOHN G. CLARK, of Champaign, who has been prominently connected with the stock business in this county, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Armstrong county, November 25th, 1827. His father's ancestors were from Scotland, and settled in Pennsylvania previous to the Revolutionary war, and fought in that struggle. His father was John CLARK, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and married Catharine BEST, whose grandparents emigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany. The subject of this sketch was the next to the youngest of seven children, all of whom, except himself, are living in Pennsylvania. When he was five years old, his mother died, and four years later his father, and in consequence, the family was broken up. Mr. Clark lived with a Presbyterian minister in Armstrong county. When twelve years of age he went to Crawford county, and remained there, going to school about three years, when he returned to Armstrong county, and lived with his brother-in-law. At the age of sixteen he took charge of a district school, which he taught for two winters, while in the summer he went to school. At the age of eighteen he went to Pittsburg, and attended a commercial school in that city. While a student there, Peter Graff, proprietor of iron furnaces, in Armstrong, Venango and Clarion counties, sent for him and gave him a position in his office at Worthington, Pennsylvania. After a year he took charge of Mr. Graff's furnaces in Venango county, for two years, and then was employed by Mr. Graff in the mercantile business at Worthington. At that place, in December, 1851, he was married to Jennie BLAIN, daughter of William BLAIN, born and raised in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania. After his marriage he became a partner of Mr. Graff in the mercantile business at Worthington, till 1856, when he removed to Galesburg, Illinois. In the spring of 1858, he removed to Champaign City. In connection with J. B. Porterfield, he engaged in railroad contracting, and for seven years furnished wood and ties for the Illinois Central railroad. He has since devoted his attention wholly to raising stock, for which pursuit he has a strong natural inclination. He has paid especial attention to raising Berkshire swine and Durham cattle, and has been successful in that occupation. He has two children, Arthur and Leslie. He is a Republican in politics.

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