Walter A. Clark, prominent in the commercial affairs of upper and central New York, is of the second generation of the Clark family to be identified and at the head of manufacturing interests.
Otis G. Clark was born in Vermont in 1816, died in Troy, New York, in 1900. He was a manufacturer of underwear, and for the last years of his life was conspicuously connected with the traction line of Troy, and one of its directors. He married Amelia S. Bardwell, born in Massachusetts, 1820, died in 1895. Children: Walter A., see elsewhere Warren G., a resident of Troy, New York; J. W., a resident of Easton. Pennsylvania.
Walter A., son of Otis G. and Amelia S. (Bardwell) Clark, was born in Troy, New York, 1846, and was educated in the common and high schools of that city. He established a business on his own account when he was but twenty-two years of age, commencng the manufacture of stoves in Troy, in association with Mr. Philips, the firm being known as Philips & Clark. This business was carried on successfully until 1885, when Mr. Clark removed to Geneva, New York, where the business was incorporated, and thenceforth carried on as the Philips & Clark Stove Company, with Mr. Clark as president and manager, an office he has now (1910) held for many years. The plant employs an average of two hundred and fifty men, the output is a very large one, and the sales are made principally in the Middle and Eastern states. Mr. Clark has always taken an active interest in the public affairs of his community, has served as supervisor of the town for a period of two years, and one term as member of the assembly. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and of the following clubs: Kanadasaga, Genesee Valley, Rochester, Union League of New York.
Mr. Clark married, 1868. Eudora, born in Troy, New York, March 17, 1849, daughter of George H., a carpenter, and Laura G. (Wood) Phillips, and a sister of Lauretta, who married Mr. Van Huyck, and resides in Lee, Massachusetts. Children: Georgiana, born October -, 1870, was a student at Wellesley College, married Mr. Church. and resides in Cleveland, Ohio; Amelia S., born in 1872, attended the common schools and was educated tinder private tuition at home; Laura E., born in 1875. also attended Wellesley College.