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For a number of years I have searched for any information about Richard Comly Clark who
was born in Allerton, Wayne Co., IA. He was the youngest child of David Perrine and Adda
(Comly) Clark. We knew he went to Canada as a young man after 1910 and all family
obituaries stated that he was a resident of Saskatchewan. Recently a kind researcher saw
one one of my postings and referred me to a wonderful biography which answered my
Since this man was a native of Wayne Co., I thought perhaps someone else might be
"Tales and Trails of the Following School Districts: Blackfoot, Daysville, Lake
Russell, Minnehaha, Parkdale, Picnic Lake, 1893-1978"
Richard Comly Clark
Richard (Dick) Clark was born August 8, 1890, in Allerton, Iowa, U.S.A. He came to
Bienfait, Sask., in 1915 and was a grain paymaster there for two years. He also taught at
Black Diamond School District. From Bienfait, he came north to Meota by team. He and a
friend rowed a boat from there to the north end of Jackfish Lake and walked northwest
fifteen to twenty miles looking for a homestead. He decided on S.E. quarter of 34-50-18
W3rd, in the Parkdale district, on the west side of the big coulee, that later became
knows as "Whitehead Coulee". Then they went back by way of Jackfish to
Battleford to file on the homestead.
He built the neessary shack and did his homestead duties between times, as he took up
teaching at Valley Springs school, near Edam, some eighteen to twenty miles southwest and
lived there part time.
He also taught at Parkdale in the early 1920's, at Freemont, Wolia, and Green Park,
all in the Glaslyn district.
Dick owned this land for many years, though he actually didn't farm on a big scale. He
rented it out the years he was teaching. He preferred to invest his money and was a clever
man. He likely ended up with more money than the actual farmers of those days.
In 1931 Dick Clark moved into Glaslyn. He bought a small house that he called home the
rest of his life. He kept busy, as he kept books for W.T. (Bill) Lifts for many years. He
was also in the insurance business until his death and a Justice of the Peace for twenty
years. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Glaslyn School board for years.
Richard Comly Clark was a clever, honest man, who never married and was thrifty to the
end. He passed away March 24, 1971 in Battlefords Union Hospital and was interred in
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