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Robert Paul Clark
Born July 9, 1880

The agricultural interests of Scotch Grove township find a worthy representative in Robert Paul Clark, who is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres located on section 21, to the cultivation and improvement of which he is directing his entire energies. He was born in this township on the 9th of July, 1880, and is a son of Robert and Alicia Clark, extended mention of whom is made on another page of this volume. Spending the period of his boyhood and youth upon his father's farm, he acquired a good common school education and when not busy with his text-books assisted in the work of the fields, early becoming familiar with the tasks that fall to the lot of the country lad. He remained under the parental roof until attaining his majority, and then located upon a farm of one hundred and sixty acres which had been given to him by his father. Thus he started out in the business world on his own account and has since been identified with agricultural pursuits, in which line of activity he has been most successful. He practices rotation of crops, makes a thorough study of the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and is progressive and up-to-date in his methods, so that he has gained for himself a place among the substantial and prosperous agriculturists of the community. He also owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Canada, and this forms an additional source of revenue to him.
It was on the 18th of March, 1908, that Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Ella M. Nelson, a native of Scotch Grove township, born on the 23d of May, 1878. She is a daughter of M. J. and Nancy E. (Overley) Nelson, natives of Ohio and Kentucky, respectively. Both are now deceased. In their family were three children, of whom Emeline F., the eldest, has now passed away. The others are Mrs. Clark and a brother, Charles. The former was but three years old when her mother died in 1881, while her father passed away on the 22d of March, 1900. She attended the common schools until thirteen years of age, and then laid aside her text-books in order to take charge of the household. Both Mr. and Mrs. Clark are well known in Scotch Grove township, where their entire lives have been passed, and they have a circle of friends which is almost co-extensive with the circle of their acquaintances. In politics he gives his allegiance to the republican party, and his influence is ever found on the side of improvement, advancement and progress in all matters of citizenship.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 406.


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