CAPT. LLOYD CLARK
SUDDENNESS WITH WHICH HE WAS ATTACKED SHOCK TO WIFE AND NUMEROUS FRIENDS
Was Lover of Animals and Children and Could Not Bear to See Them Mistreated
The sudden death of Capt. Lloyd Clark, custodian of the United States Lighthouse Supply station, Wednesday afternoon, came as a distinct shock, not only to his wife, the only one who happened to be in their home at the time when stricken, but to the community at large where both Capt. and Mrs. Clark are so favorably known.
Capt. Clark was stricken about 1:15 while engaged in reading a newspaper. His wife had been over town and had just returned home. Owing to the cable being out of commission the telephone service to the north side was dead so Mrs. Clark hurried over to the Coast Guard station and called Capt. John Sammett, who responded and gave what aid he could to the stricken man, until he saw that Mr. Clark was failing, when he took to his heels and ran over to John Wallace Sons Co. office and called physicians, Drs. Schwendener and Allen of St. Joseph and Dr. Rosenberry, of Benton Harbor, responding, but Mr. Clark died before they were able to reach him. They probably could have been of no aid, however, in saving his life, if one of them had just happened to be in the house at the time he was stricken, the attack being so acute, which is now given out as neuralgia of the heart.
Mrs. Clark, who is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, had been attending the festivities of the celebration of the birthday anniversary of George Washington, by that organization and Mr. Clark was in company with his wife at the Washington banquet at the Congregational church in Benton Harbor, Tuesday evening. He was in the best of spirits at that time, and although not having been as well as usual this winter, had recuperated to a considerable extent, and he thought he felt about as well as he usually did at this time.
However, on Wednesday morning he complained of trouble with his stomach and did not leave home.
The suddenness with which Mr. Clark's death came, completely prostrated Mrs. Clark and she was compelled to seek quiet and rest from everyone.
Capt. Clark was a remarkably active man in many particulars. He was a very bright man, well informed and endeavored always to stand for what he thought was the right and once he took that stand he never wavered. He was most intensely loyal to any cause he ever espoused and Capt. Clark's loyalty to his country and the flag, was of that deep indigo that nothing but death could ever efface.
Had Many Good Traits of Character
Capt. Clark possessed many good traits of character that are worthy of emulation. As stated, he always endeavored to stand for what he thought was right. His fondness for animals was very prominent and it made his blood boil to see any dumb animal mistreated. For this reason he took great interest in humane matters and was one of most dependable and loyal workers in the Berrien County Humane society.
He always took a great interest in the boys and girls, although he had none of his own, and like the animals, he could not stand by and see and know that they were mistreated. Realizing that they needed a recreation park, especially during the winter months, Capt. Clark, with others, was instrumental in providing the place on the north side and since its establishment two or three winters' ago, has been on the job for their welfare, looking after the ice conditions, etc., that no boy or girl or other person might use the place in danger of their lives. The raising of the American flag at the recreation park meant that the ice was safe for all and he attended to this particular duty himself.
He was also the lover of fine flowers and nice resident surroundings. This trait of his character can be seen in the excellent manner in which he kept up the grounds of the north side station the admiration of everybody who observed what a place it has been transformed into, made with the foundations of many years ago of nothing but a river bank and sand dunes.
Naturally then he also took a great interest in civic matters and was ever ready and willing to do his part for the growth and advancement of our city.
Lived Here 25 Years
Before coming to St. Joseph Mr. Clark was inspector for the war department and was stationed at Grand Rapids.
When the lighthouse supply station was ordered built at St. Joseph, about 25 years ago, Capt. Clark was sent to St. Joseph to superintend the construction and was afterwards appointed its custodian, which place he filled continuously until his death.
Mr. Clark was a member of the Saturday Night Whist club, and was the organization's president, this year.
Capt. Clark was a native of Vermont, being born at or near Monpelier [sic] Oct. 20, 1850, and was therefore 65 years of age. Mr. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Alice Crosby at Montpelier, Vt., in 1878.
Deceased was a brother of Capt. Charles E. Clark, commander of the battleship Oregon, which, while stationed on the Pacific coast at the time of the breaking out of the Spanish-American war, made a dash for the Atlantic coast, around Cape of Good Hope, and took an active part in the naval engagements off the island of Cuba, which put an end to the Spanish-American war very quickly. Capt. Clark, now retired, resides in Philadelphia.
The funeral took place on Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock from his residence on the north side. Saturday morning the remains will be taken to Chicago, where they will be cremated at Graceland cemetery.
Rev. A. H. Stoneman, pastor emeritus of the Congregational church and an intimate friend of the deceased, officiated.
Admiral Bayston of South Bend and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Scott of Milwaukee, Mr. Scott for several years being Mr. Clark's assistant in St. Josep, have already arrived to attend the funeral.
Capt. Charles Clark of Philadelphia, a brother of the deceased, and George Crosby, of Wilder, Vt., a brother of Mrs. Clark, were also in attendance.