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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Emory and Henry College at Emory, Virginia,
and the Virginia Military Institute at
Lexington, graduating from the latter, July
4, 1875. He resumed teaching as a profession
immediately on graduation, securing a
school at Lebanon, Virginia, where he taught
for one year. He then came to Texas, in
October, 1876, and taught in the public
schools at Bastrop for twelve months, after
which he located in Austin, where he
remained for two years, during which time
he had charge of the seven graded schools of
that city. Having been made Adjunct
Professor of mathematics in the Agricultural
and Mechanical College at Bryan, lie went to
that place in 1880, where he taught for one
year. He was then offered the superintendeney
of the schools at Navasota, which he
accepted and there labored for four years.
In the meantime, January 9, 1882, he married
Miss Lucy W. Brown, a daughter of
Robert Brown, of Navasota, Mrs. Clark
being a native Texan and a lady of excellent
attainments, graduating with the first honor
in the first class that graduated from. the
Houston high school, in May, 1879. She has
since shared her husband's labors, and rendered
him most efficient aid. In 1884 Prof.
Clark was called to Rockdale, wlmere he took
charge of the public schools, which position
he has since held. His life has thus been
taken up with teaching, a calling for which
he possesses a natural aptitude and for the
successful pursuit of which he has qualified
himself in an eminent degree. His work in
this line has always been of a high order,
and has given almost universal satisfaction.
His specialty is mathematics, but he is
proficient in all branches, and as an organizer
possesses ability equalled by but fey. He
knows a good school as soon as hebsees it,
and he can take a poor one and in short time
make a good one of it. In the last seventeen
years that he has been in Texas he has done a
vast amount of labor in behalf of the State
schools as well as in behalf of the general
cause of education, and he has established
himself securely in the estimation and
good will of the people where he has
taught, and in the opinion of leading educators
with whom he has been brought in contact.
His class-room work is marked for
its breadth and thoroughness, particularly as
respects those things of practical need. He
believes, as one has said, that the "primary
problem with a lad is to teach him to take
care of himself and to cling to that which is
sincerely lucrative" and with this in view he
refrains from loading his scholars with a
knowledge of the ways and customs of fairyland,
the unintelligible jargon of numerical
formulae, and the vagaries of occult sciences
and metaphysical speculation. He teaches
them, instead, their duties and relations to
society as it is now constituted, and prepares
them to handle problems of industrial development,
finance, civil government and
such matters of practical import which are
ever calling for invention, novelty, freedom
of mind and readiness to respond to external
changes and circumstances. He goes about
his work with a solemn sense of its gravity
and seeks to impress upon those under him
the same feelings of responsibility. His
management in general is characterized by
the same high sense of duty, his relations with
teachers and trustees being marked by the
utmost harmony and by mutual helpfulness
and mutual esteem.
The Professor has taken some interest in
matters outside of his school work, but has
never allowed any pursuit or diversion to interfere
with the objects of his calling. He
has served as City Engineer of Rockdale,
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/718/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .