Contra Costa County












ALBERT E. CLARK, postmaster of Danville, Contra Costa county, is acceptably discharging the duties of his official position.  As a citizen and business man he has also proved himself a most desirable acquisition to the commercial activity of the town.


Born in Orono, Ontario, Canada, November 23, 1860, Mr. Clark was a son of Lewis Clark, a farmer in that locality.  He remained upon the paternal farm until he had attained his eighteenth year, after which he learned the trade of a harness maker.  He made his home in Canada until 1885, in which year he came to California as a journeyman harness maker.  He first located at Haywards[sic], Alameda county, and in that location spent the greater part of his time, with the exception of several short stays in various places.  In 1893 he located in Danville, opening a harness shop, which he conducted successfully until 1899.  In that year he received the appointment to the office of postmaster and has since given his entire time and attention to that work.  Mr. Clark’s chief assistant is his wife, who was formerly Harriett Edith Griffiths, a native of Iowa and the daughter of Thomas Griffiths, and his clerk is J. O. Sherburne.  Mr. Clark has three children, namely: Raymond Lewis, Ruth Mary and Estelle Imogene.  In 1894, Mr. Clark built his residence in Danville, which is one of the most beautiful and modern houses of the place.  A Republic in politics, he was elected by that party to the office of justice of the peace, acting four years in that capacity, and fraternally is now serving his second term as master of Alamo Lodge, No. 122, F.&A.M.  Both he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star, in which his wife is now matron.




Transcribed by Donna Toole.

­­­­Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 741. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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