Clark, C.

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:08

C. CLARK, one of the old residents of San Diego County, [CA], was born in Greenville Mercer County, Pennsylvania, May 13, 1832. He lived upon a farm and attended the district schools until he was eighteen years of age. He then apprenticed himself to learn the trade of iron-molder, working two years in a foundry in Mercer County. He then went to Springfield, Ohio, and worked in Leffell’s foundry until he completed his apprenticeship. During this time he had also mastered the mystery of the steam engine, and was not only able to run one but also understood its construction. This was to serve a good purpose in the future. From Springfield he went to Cincinnati and St. Louis, where he worked at his trade until 1854, and remained through the winter.

In the spring they started again toward the Pacific slope with the first train. After leaving Salt Lake the train was attacked by Indians several times, but they had a strong company and their assailants were repulsed. They arrived at Sacramento June 5, 1855. Then Mr. Clark went to Amador County. It was now that the knowledge of the steam engine he had acquired while working at his trade in Ohio came into play. A man was wanted to run the engine in the Oneida Quartz Mill. He applied for the position and obtained it. Afterward he was foreman, during 1855 and 1856, of the Tibbitts foundry at Sutter Creek. Subsequently he engaged in mining on the Mokelumne river, with varied success. He was for a time general superintendent of a large foundry at Silver City, Idaho, receiving, with one exception, the highest salary paid to superintendents in the Territories.

When the Fraser river excitement broke out in 1858, Mr. Clark caught the fever and made the pilgrimage to British Columbia, returning, with thousands of others, poor in pocket but with an addition to his store of experience. For a short time after this he was foreman of Worcester’s foundry at Angel’s Camp, Calaveras County. Then in 1859 he went East and vis­ited his old home in Pennsylvania, returning to California the following year. J. S. Harbison had previous to this time imported several col­onies of bees from the East, and Mr. Clark and his brother bought some of him and established several apiaries in Tone valley, Amador County. In this venture the brothers were very success­ful.

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