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Hiram Eugene Wallace Clark

15 April 1835–6 December 1923

Born 15 Apr. 1835 in New Salem, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.[1] Son of Samuel Clark and Diadama Hare Woodward.[2] Half brother of EBW.[3] Migrated with his mother and sisters to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, arriving 14 Jan. 1846.[4] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with his sisters in the Heber C. Kimball pioneer company, arriving 14 Sept. 1848.[5] EBW asked Louisa Barnes Pratt, as a favor, to take Hiram, age fourteen, with her family on their mission to the Pacific Islands, 1850–1852.[6] Joined Benjamin Franklin Grouard, a missionary serving with Addison Pratt, on a voyage to Tahiti “to learn a little of a sailor’s life,” Oct. 1851.[7] Left the islands to return to California, by 16 Apr. 1852.[8] Briefly lived in present-day California, Arizona, and Utah.[9] Served in the Civil War; wounded at the Battle of Petersburg, 1864.[10] Initiated into the Thomas Masonic Lodge in Palmer, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, 4 Apr. 1864.[11] Married Carrie J. Fuller, 9 Jan. 1865, in Palmer.[12] Established a meat market in Palmer, 1867.[13] Served as postmaster in Palmer, 1869–1885.[14] Visited by EBW, 1885, 1899, 1900.[15] Served as a selectman and overseer of the poor in Palmer.[16] Served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1891–1892.[17] Helped found the Wing Memorial Hospital of Palmer, 1913.[18] Died 6 Dec. 1923 in Palmer.[19]

 

[1] Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards, 1733–1990, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston; EBW, Diary, 15 Apr. 1892. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 3 July 2018), Hiram Eugene Woodward Clark (L78T-DSS).

[2] Palmer, MA, Town Clerk, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1850–1910, Marriages, p. 41, H E W Clark and C J Fuller, 9 Jan. 1865, microfilm 2031929, DGS 4934239, FHL. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 503.

[3] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 503.

[4] General Church Recorder, Far West and Nauvoo Elders’ Certificates, 1837–1838, 1840–1846, Daily List of Persons, p. 78, Hiram E. W. Clarke, CR 100 402, CHL.

[5] “Hiram Eugene Wallace Clark,” Pioneer Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/, accessed 28 Aug. 2019). Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 82, 89–90.

[6] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 93–94. S. George Ellsworth, The History of Louisa Barnes Pratt: Being the Autobiography of a Mormon Missionary Widow and Pioneer (Logan: Utah State University, 1998), 149, 154, 388n1, 400n11. R. Lanier Britsch, Unto the Islands of the Sea: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Pacific (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1986), 15.

[7] S. George Ellsworth, The History of Louisa Barnes Pratt: Being the Autobiography of a Mormon Missionary Widow and Pioneer (Logan: Utah State University, 1998), 147–149.

[8] S. George Ellsworth, The History of Louisa Barnes Pratt: Being the Autobiography of a Mormon Missionary Widow and Pioneer (Logan: Utah State University, 1998), 180.

[9] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 94.

[10] “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861–1865,” database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com, accessed 28 Aug. 2019). Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 94.

[11] Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards, 1733–1990, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.

[12] Palmer, MA, Town Clerk, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1850–1910, Marriages, p. 41, H E W Clark and C J Fuller, 9 Jan. 1865, microfilm 2031929, DGS 4934239, FHL.

[13] “70th Anniversary of Palmer Market,” Springfield Sunday (MA) Union and Republican, 14 Feb. 1937, 14.

[14] “History of Palmer’s Four Post Offices,” Springfield (MA) Sunday Union and Republican, 30 Dec. 1934, 8.

[15] Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 207–208, 312, 393. EBW, Diary, 9 and 11 June 1899; 30 Apr. and 1 May 1900.

[16] “Capt. H. E. W. Clark Dies at Palmer,” Springfield (MA) Weekly Republican, 18 Dec. 1923, 12. Annual Report of the Town Officers of the Town of Palmer (Palmer, MA: C. B. Fisk, 1888), 19.

[17] A. M. Bridgman, A Souvenir of Massachusetts Legislators, 1892 (Boston: Wright and Potter, 1892), 66.

[18] “How Wing Hospital at Palmer Came to Be,” Springfield (MA) Sunday Union and Republican, 31 Mar. 1940, 17.

[19] “Capt. H. E. W. Clark Dies at Palmer,” Springfield (MA) Weekly Republican, 18 Dec. 1923, 12.