Charles J. Clark, or Charlie Clark as he was better known,
died at his home in Baring at 3:15 o'clock yesterday morning at the age of
86 years, thinning by one more the ranks of Knox County Civil War
veterans. Death was from the effects of flu of a week's duration;
but he had been failing health three years. Mr. Clark was badly
bruised and his foot mashed last month when hit by an automobile.
Funeral services for Mr. Clark, who was believed to be the oldest resident
of Baring, will be at St. Aloysius Church there at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow,
Friday, morning conducted by the Rev. Stephen Carew, pastor. Burial
will be in the Baring cemetery beside the grave of Mrs. Clark, who
died thirteen years ago. Full military honors will be bestowed by
the American Legion at the grave.
Clark is survived by a foster daughter, Mrs. Perry Swearingen, who with
her family had lived with him three years in January, and who was taken to
rear by Mr. and Mrs. Clark when she was 14 months old. Also
surviving are a brother and sister, Frank X. Clark of Keokuk, Ia., and
Mrs. Mary Kilbride of near Adair. Three brothers and 3 sisters
preceded him in death: Mrs. Anna Matlock, J.L. Clark, D.W. Clark,
Ignatius Clark and Mary Agnes Clark the last of whom died when small the
others having been grown and lived the greater part of their lives in and
near Baring and Adair.
Clark, a son of Felix and Mariah Clark, was born April 3, 1844, in Perry
County, Ohio. He came with his mother and brothers and sisters to
Knox County in 1859, settling near where Baring was later build.
He married Ellen Henessy in 1884, and to them was born a son, Johnnie, who
died in infancy. Agter their marriage they lived on the old Henessy
farm northeast of Edina until eighteen years ago, when they moved to
Baring, where Mrs. Clark died, and Mr. Clark continued to lived until his
During the Civil War Mr. Clark
served three years with the Twenty-First Missouri, Company E, having
enlisted in 1861.
Article was hand dated 1931