William Jr. first married Etta Mae Wells in 1899. Mae was born on 24 Sep 1879 in Arispe, Kansas, daughter of Thomas Melzer Wells (1842-1933) and Anna B. Allen (1850-1923). After giving birth to Ralph on 1 Nov 1900, Mae died from Cholera on 28 Oct 1901, a short 11 months later. Her death at the age of 22 was a tragedy that could have been prevented with today's medical knowledge. Mae's oldest sister, Annie Wells-Landis, lived with her husband on a homestead in the Oklahoma Territory.
William Clark, Jr. (although he was really William III)
William Clark, Jr. and Etta Mae Wells
In 1901, during a cholera epidemic, Annie contracted the disease and died. By horse drawn wagon, they brought Annie's body from Oklahoma to Wheaton, Kansas, for burial.The trip took several days. Before burial, however, the casket was opened so that Annie's two sisters, Mae and Sarah, could kiss their sister goodbye. That kiss, as you may have guessed, turned out to be the kiss of death. Within a month, both Mae and Sarah died of cholera. Annie died on 9 Sep, Sarah on 13 Oct and Mae on 28 Oct 1901. Etta Mae Wells Clark was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Wheaton, Kansas.
William Jr. next married Edith E. Clark in 1903, daughter of Edward D. and Haidee L. Clark of New York. [I couldn't find any close relation since these Clark's were from upstate New York] Edith was born on 1 Jun 1885 in Manhattan, Kansas, and died on 21 Aug 1920. She is buried in the Fox Cemetery in Wheaton.
William Clark, Jr. and Edith Clark
Edith E. Clark headstone, Fox Cemetery, Wheaton, Kansas
William Clark, Jr. and Bertha Neely
William Jr. next married his cousin, Bertha Neely in 1921, daughter of William and Maggie Neely of Rock Creek township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas. Bertha's father, William Neely, is Jane and Mary Neely-Clark's brother. Wm. Jr. and Bertha had two children, Arlene (1922-?) and Wilfred (1924-?).
William Clark Jr. passed away on 7 Nov 1965 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. He is buried next to Bertha at the Fox Cemetery in Wheaton.
Obituary from the Onaga Newspaper: William Clark,
Jr. son of William, Sr. and Jane Clark, passed away after a brief illness, at
St. Francis hospital, Topeka, KS on Sunday, November 7, 1965.He was born May 10, 1878 in the Arispie neighborhood, Pottawatomie
County. He took pride in relating his age of 87 years to his many friends who
realized his activeness.
He was united in marriage to Bertha E. Neely, February 15, 1921.
To them was born a daughter, Arlene, and a son, Wilfred.
Will or “Bill” as he was known to his many friends, was noted for
being happy; getting the most from life; showing his loyalty to friends, and
his sincere love and interest in his family. He had spent years as a farmer and
stockman in Pottawatomie County before moving To Topeka in1948.
Preceding him in death were a son, Ralph, in 1951; his parents:
three sisters, Mary Cornelius, Bessie Mack and Isla; two brothers, John and
One of his pride and joys was the presence of his grandchildren,
Janice, Marilyn, Dean, Nancy, Evelyn, Max, Chet, Connie, Barbara, Shirley and
Those remaining of his family to suffer his loss are his wife,
Bertha, and a daughter, Arlene Bernhardt of the home; a son, Wilfred and family
of Wichita; his brothers, David, Onaga, Cecil, Pomona, CA; Arron, Topeka, his
sisters Agnes Canfield, Topeka, Mabel Cornelius, Westmoreland; Pearl
Fredrickson, Henderson, Nevada; his grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and
one great-great granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at the Wheaton Congregational Church at
Wheaton, KS, on November 10, 1965, with the Rev. Moorman R. Work of the Oakland
Christian Church, Topeka, officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Union
Ridge Cemetery. Mrs. Vivian Harrington was pianist. Pallbearers, old friends of
the family were: Leo Orsborn, Cloyde M. Henderson, Roy R. Pfrang, John W.
Zabel, Don Reves and Raymond Reves.