Long lost photos of the past: The Clark Family


I found a few gems while looking through the photos from my Aunt Maxine’s estate.  It appears that a good deal of pictures of the family were in her possession.  I scanned some negatives and pictures of the collection while I was visiting in Illinois.

To the left is a photo from the 1940’s.  I believe the child to be Leo Otis born in the early 40’s.  Grandma (Rudy Pearl Poundstone Clark) and Grandpa (Otis Elmer Clark).


This photo appears to be of the same time period.  Wilma is on the left, then Leo Otis, and to the right David “Kent” Clark.  

The family was enumerated in 1940 in Bear Creek, Christian County, Illinois.*

Leo Otis was born in Stonington, Christian County, Illinois just a few years after the enumeration.  It does appear that the family stayed in the same county for a number of years.  

I will be posting more finds as time permits.  




 *1940 U.S. census, Christian County, Illinois, population schedule, Bear Creek, enumeration district (ED) 11-4, p. 3B, household 52, family of Otis Clark; database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 March 2016); National Archives microfilm publication T627, roll 767.

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The know and unknown Clark and Damery photo….

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Row 1:  Glenda Clark, Liz Clark, Nina Damery, Ruby Poundstone Clark (Grandma), Wilma Clark and Maxine Damery.
Row 2:  Ann Clark Ray, Irene Clark Baker, Marsha Clark Chappell
Row 3:  Dennis Michael Ray, Charles Dean Clark, Leo Otis Clark, Max Damery, Bill Damery, John Clark,  David Kent Clark, Otis Elmer Clark (Grandpa)  

UPDATE:  Irene Clark Baker provided the following information: Ann Ray Clark, she is deceased. Then I think the next one may be me Irene Clark Baker, and the next one is Marsha Clark Chappell, she is also deceased. Back row is Dennis Michael Ray he was Ann’s husband and he passed this last week. The second guy is Charles Dean Clark, Deceased. these are all brother or sister of mine and Dennis Michael Ray was my brother in law the third guy I believe is Otie Aunt Ruby and Uncle Otis’s son.  Thank you Irene!

This is a new found favorite photo of mine.  One of my cousins provided this photo to the funeral home when my Aunt Maxine passed away.  I had never seen this group shot before.  It looks like it may have been taken on my grandparents picnic table in their backyard, that is just a guess on my behalf.  The clothing makes me think perhaps late 50’s or early 60’s.  I would love to identify the folks that I do not know.  Are they relatives?  What are their connections?  Aunt Maxine looks so pretty with her white blouse and long flowered skirt, was she dressed this way for an event or did she just wear this type of fashion?  Filling in names to the missing folk in this photo may lead to more clues to our family history….does anyone want to hazard a guess to who some of these folks are?