Hester (Leffel) Clarke 1863-1912

From the Monday April 1, 1912 issue of The Springfield (Ohio) Daily News page 9,

“CLARK – The body of Mrs. N. Clark*, who died in Dayton, and who was a sister of Mrs. C. L. Reese**, will arrive here at 8:17 o’clock Monday night over the Big Four*** and will be taken to the residence of Mr. Reese, 1840 South Limestone street. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Reese home and burial will be at Fernclliff cemetery.”

*Hester was married to Norman A Clarke 23 Nov 1887 in Springfield, Ohio. The couple lived in Dayton where Norman worked as a foreman in a sewing machine company.

**According to Early Clark County Ohio Families Vital Statistics, Hester’s sister Ada Mary LEFFEL married Clinton L REESE b 11 Jan 1857 in Washington County, Maryland. NOTE: Hester’s husband Norman was also born in Washington County Maryland.

***Results from a Google search for The Big Four: “Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, better known to history as the “Big Four,” were instrumental in building the Central Pacific Railroad and developing California’s railroad system in the years between 1861 and 1900. Of modest origins, all were born or had lived in upstate New York prior to being drawn West by the Gold Rush. Huntington and Hopkins were partners in a hardware company; Stanford operated a grocery business with his brothers; and Crocker was a dry goods merchant. Prosperous by 1860, they all supported the presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln and the new Republican Party when called together by Theodore Judah to hear his idea for a railroad to the East. The start of the Civil War prompted their active involvement, and they invested every energy in building the western part of the first transcontinental railroad. Eventually the Big Four controlled a far-flung network of railroad enterprises which gave them enormous wealth and political power. Admired and detested as the West’s first “Railroad Kings,” they left a legacy of railroad development which still influences transportation and politics in California.”

Hettie has a memorial established on Find A Grave.

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