Clark, Charles E. (November 9, 1879 - November 28, 1961)



Douglas Budget - December 14, 1961

Charles E. Clark was born at DeRuyter, New York, November 9, 1879, the son of Edwin and Clara Clark. He passed away at his home in Douglas on November 28, 1961. Funeral services were held at the Masonic Temple on December 1 with members of Ashlar Lodge No. 10, A.F. & A.M. in charge. Burial was in Douglas Park cemetery.

Charlie, as he was affectionately called, went to Michigan as a young man and was employed in a sugar factory. He came to Wyoming in October, 1907, and worked for the Douglas Construction Company for a time. He later went into the plumbing and heating business with O.K. Webster, forming the partnership of Clark & Webster specializing in sheet metal, heating and plumbing. The first shop was on South 2nd street in the vicinity of where Messick's is now located. Later the shop and office was moved to the family home at 538 South Fifth.

It is a well-known fact that Charlie could locate any pipe in the older section of Douglas, and perhaps knew more about the construction of the early fine homes and business house, than anyone else.

Charlie was married to Miss Bertha Mason of Warren, Pennsylvania on August 21, 1909 at the Grace Methodist Church in Denver. Two years ago they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at several functions in their honor.

Masonry was Charlie's second love, and he dedicated his life working in the organizations associated with the Lodge. He was a member of Knight's Templar, Royal Arch Mason, Shriners, and was a Past Patron of Woodbine Chapter No. 18, O.E.S. in 1927. He had served for sixteen years as secretary of Ashlar Lodge and had missed only four meetings. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha; a daughter, Marya Mullen, Casper; a son, Charles F. Clark, La Meta, Cal.; and a sister, Mrs. Francis Comstock, Fabius, New York.

Pall bearers were Bill Smith, Sr., Harry Johnston, Scott Layton, Bob Warner, Ted Daniels, and Walter Fisher.

Attending funeral services were Deputy Grand Master of Wyoming, Hugh Bower, of Casper; and Grand Secretary Marc Nicholls, also of Casper.


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