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Clark M. Williams (1843-1916)

From History of the Saint Croix Valley (ARC F 587 .S14 E3 1909 v. 2 in the UWRF Archives)

Clark M. Williams was born in Cortland county, New York state, October 25, 1843.  He attended the common schools at the place of his birth and when fifteen years of age his parents settled in Trim Belle township, Wisconsin, where his father engaged in farming and blacksmithing.  Marcious Williams, the father of the subject of this biography, served as treasurer of Pierce county, Wisconsin, two terms, being first elected in 1866.  He was a Republican all his life.  He was chairman of Trim Belle township for many years and also assessor.  He was a man held in high esteem.  He died August, 1894, at the age of about eighty-three, and is buried in Ellsworth, Wis.  His widow died some years before.  They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Clark M. remained on the home farm until he grew to manhood.  He then purchased his present farm and here he has lived ever since.  This was all wild land when Mr. Williams moved on the place.  He put on all improvements and brought the large part of it under cultivation.  Mr. Williams is a member of the I. O. O. F. and G. A. R.  He enlisted in 1863 in Company A, Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war.  He marched with Sherman to the sea, was at Atlanta and, in fact, went through the whole campaign.  He was discharged at Louisville, Ky., in 1865, and returned to his home at Trim Belle, where he has since resided.

Two years after he had returned home from the war Mr. Williams married Lovina Kinne, December 15, 1867.  She was born in the southern part of Wisconsin and came to Pierce county with her parents, who settled at Ellsworth about 1866 and died there some years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams have had born to them five children- Edith, a teacher in the High School of Superior, Wis.; Elsie Burl, Ray N. and Zola.  Burl was born in Pennsylvania and the other children were all born in Pierce county, Wisconsin.

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