Lorenzo Alonzo Clark (1838-1928)

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Lorenzo Alonzo Clark
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Born: 4 Apr 1838 Cleveland, Ohio
Died: 18 Nov 1928 Hillsdale Michigan
Father: Francis Clark
Mother: Mary Graff
Siblings: Sarah Jane Clark
Francis J. Clark
Lorenzo Alonzo Clark
Alonzo C. Clark
Daniel Lester Clark
Spouse: Caroline Marie Carlow
Married: 12 Jun 1863 of Hastings, Michigan
Children: Francis M. Clark
Spouse: Mary Breithaupt
Married: 2 Jan 1912 Traverse City, Michigan

Record Publishing Co. Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan, pp. 506-507:

LORENZO A. CLARK had the honor of naming the town of Harbor Springs, the county seat of Emmet County, it having formerly been known as Little Traverse. For seven and a-half years he was Postmaster of the village, within the boundaries of which his home has been made since 1876. He has been editor and publisher of the Harbor Springs Republican nearly ever since it was established, which was in 1876.

The birth of L. A. Clark occurred in Cleveland, Ohio, April 4, 1838. His parents were Francis and Mary (Graff) Clark, both natives of New York State. After a residence of several years in Cleveland, Francis Clark removed to Michigan, and in 1842 settled on a farm between Hillsdale and Hudson. Some years later he became a resident of Hillsdale, and there remained until his death, which occurred in 1854, at the age of fifty-five years. His wife survived him but a short time, being killed by a fall from a sleigh on Christmas Day of 1856. She and her husband were active members of the Methodist Church, and left many friends who sincerely mourned their loss. They had a family of five sons and three daughters, of whom five are now living, namely: Sarah Jane, Mrs. Caruthers, of Stanton, Mich.; Francis J., of Hillsdale, this state; Lorenzo A. and Alonzo C., twins; and Daniel Lester, who rents a farm in this locality. Alonzo is a merchant at Adrian, Mich.

Lorenzo A. Clark was reared principally near Hillsdale, and there received his early education. When fifteen years of age he began learning the printer's trade in the office of the Hillsdale Gazette, and also worked on the Standard. For a short time he was employed at Hudson, thence going to Chicago, where he worked on the Inter Ocean, Tribune, the City Directory, and did various kinds of job printing.

From New Albany, Ind., Mr. Clark enlisted on the first call for troops, April 19, 1861, in Company A, Twelfth Indiana Infantry. At tile end of ninety days he went to Indianapolis and was drill master of recruits. The regiment refused to be mustered out, and Governor Morton telegraphed the fact to President Lincoln. The command received word from the President to come to the Capitol City, and all along the route they received ovations. Re-enlisting, they served for two and a-half years more, Mr. Clark being then given a position in the printing bureau of the Government in their branch office at Nashville, Tenn., where he remained until the close of the war. He took part in the battles of Nashville, Bull Run and Winchester, besides a number of more or less important skirmishes.

When the war closed Mr. Clark went to Hastings, Mich., and assumed charge of the Banner office as foreman, a position he held for six years. Then, going to Kirksville, Mo., he was for a number of years manager of the Journal, published in that place. It was in 1876 that he came to this county, which was then an Indian reservation. He took up one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he still owns, and a portion of which has been improved. In addition to this property he owns other farm land, and a number of houses and lots in Harbor Springs, lots in Traverse City and Harvey, Ill.

June 12, 1863, Mr. Clark married Miss Carrie M., daughter of John and Hannah (Underwood) Carlow, natives of London, England. One child was born of their union, Frank M., who married Miss Kittie Wright, and has a daughter, Lillian G. Religiously Mr. and Mrs. Clark are members of the Methodist Church, the former being President of the Church Board of Trustees. In politics he is a Republican, and socially he is identified with I. B. Richardson Post No. 13, G. A. R., one of the oldest in the state. He is also on the Commander-in-Chief's staff of the National Grand Army of the Republic. He is an old Master Mason.

The Clarks are a long-lived family and of the old Plymouth stock. The paternal grandfather of Lorenzo A. was Francis Clark, a native of New York State, and a soldier in the War of 1812. He died at an advanced age, and his wife was over ninety years old at the time of her demise. On the maternal side our subject is descended from a Dutch trader, Peter Graff, who was a native of Pennsylvania and was also a participant in the War of 1812. At the time of his demise he had attained the age of eighty-seven years, but his wife lived to see the ninety-third anniversary of her birth.


  • Photo: Harbor Springs Historical Society, Museum Exhibit
Occupation: PostMaster: Harbor Springs, Michigan
In 1862, a post office was established. William H. Fife was the first postmaster. Chief Andrew Blackbird was appointed April 12, 1869 and served nearly eight years until Lorenzo A. Clark was appointed on January 4, 1877.
  • 1880 Federal Census, Little Traverse, Emmet, Michigan
Clark, Lorenzo A., head, married, male, white, 41, OH, Publisher & Post Master, NY, PA
, Carrie M., wife, married, female, white, 41, NY, Keeping House, ENG, ENG
, Francis M., son, single, male, white, 13, MI, At School, OH, NY
Lusk, Amy, Other, single, female, white, 20, NY, Assistant Postmaster, NY, NY
  • Marriage: Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925
Groom's Name: Lorenzo A Clark
Groom's Age: 73 years
Groom's Birth Date: 1839
Groom's Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Bride's Name: Mary Breithaupt Dokey
Bride's Age: 55 years
Bride's Birth Date: 1857
Bride's Birthplace: Michigan
Marriage Date: 02 Jan 1912
Marriage Place: Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan
Groom's Father: Francis Clark
Groom's Mother: Mary Graff
Bride's Father: Christian Breithaupt
Bride's Mother: Cathrine Fist
Film Number: 2342696
Digital Folder Number: 4209156
Image Number: 534
Reference Number: v 2 p 169 rn 1
Clark, Lorenzo Alonzo
Age: 89
Born: 0/0/0000
Died: 11/18/1928
Burial: 11/18/1928
Cemetery: Lakeview, Harbor Springs
Military: Civil War Pvt., Co. A, 12 Ind Inf.