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Dillon Prosser Clark (1850-?)
Native of Medina Township, Medina Co., Ohio, came to Bay City in 1882.

1905 History. Added April 2008.

History of Bay County, Michigan and Representative Citizens
Augustus H. Gansser, 1905


Dillon Prosser Clark, senior member of the firm Clark & Munger, one of the leading firms of architects at Bay City, Michigan, was born in Medina township, Medina County, Ohio, October 20, 1850, and is a son of James and Annie M. (Wright) Clark.

James Clark was born in 1823 in Argyle County, New York, and died in Ohio in the spring of 1877. In boyhood he learned the masonís trade and worked at the same after he had moved to Ohio. He became a mason contractor, which business he conducted successfully to the end of his life. He married Annie M. Wright, who was a daughter of Orris and Elizabeth (Reece) Wright. Mr. Wright was born in New York but moved at an early day to Ohio and owned and operation an old-fashion water-power grist-mill at Johnsonís Corners. The mother of our subject died in 1893, aged 66 years. The four children of Mr. and Mrs. Clark were: Dillon P., of this sketch; Della, wife of Albert Herkner, of Medina, Ohio; Clarence O., of Medina, Ohio; and Eugene E., of Cleveland, Ohio. The parents were consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which the father served many years as a member of the official board.

After completing the common-school course in his native locality, Dillon P. Clark learned the masonís trade with his father and worked with the latter for four years. In 1870 he entered into the business for himself as a contractor at Medina, and followed contracting there for 10 years, a part of this period being in partnership with Wallace Munger, father of his present business partner. During all these years Mr. Clark had devoted more or less attention to the study of architecture, at first as a recreation but later with the idea of giving the profession his entire time, it being one congenial in every way. His former occupation had laid the foundation, for the laws that govern building and construction are applied by every practical mechanic and must be thoroughly understood. Mr. Clark was not able, however, to avail himself of the advantages given in a school of architecture; his knowledge has been entirely gain through study and observation, assisted by a natural artistic ability.

In 1880 Mr. Clark began to follow architecture as a profession and on November 1, 1882, he came to West Bay City and opened office, four years removing to Bay City. While his work covers all kinds of construction, Mr. Clark makes a specialty of churches and public buildings. He superintended the construction of the Federal Building in Bay City, one of the finest buildings in the State; was one of the architects of the Phoenix Block; designed the Methodist Episcopal and Christian churches and many fine residences at Medina, Ohio; the Ridotto and many other fine buildings of both public and private character in Bay City and West Bay City; the Methodist Episcopal Church, Greenville, Michigan; Methodist Episcopal Church at Owosso, Sault Ste. Marie and Calumet, Michigan; for churches and numerous other buildings at Flint, the First Baptist Church at Alpena, Michigan, etc., etc. In collaboration with his present partner, the new Bay City Club house, the Genesee County Court House, sheriffís resident and jail, the new Carnegie Library and four splendid school buildings at Flint, Michigan, have been designed, as well as a large number of church school buildings, business blocks and fine residences at various points throughout the State.

Additional Notes.

    1869 - Ohio Marriages: Medina Co., Ohio.

  • D. P. Clark marriage to Alice D. Hickox on September 5, 1869.

    1880 - Census: Medina, Medina, Ohio.

  • Clark, Dillon P. - b. 1851 Ohio - brick mason.
  • Allie D., wife - b. 1853 Ohio
  • Matie B., dau. - b. 1871 Ohio
  • Clarance C., brother - b. 1860 Ohio
  • Eugene C., brother - b. 1862

    1900 - Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Clarke, Dillon P - b. Oct. 1850, Ohio.
  • Allie, Wife - b. Sep. 1852 Ohio
    - Residence 323 Linn St.

    1910 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Clark, Dillon P. - age 59, b. Ohio
  • Allie D., wife - age 57, b. Ohio
Related Pages/Notes

  • His partner after Wallace Munger, was Averton E. Munger.
    Related Pages:
    Munger, Aveton E.
    Bay Co. Jail, 1872
  • People Referenced
    Clark, Clarence (bro.)
    Clark, Della (sister)
    Clark, James (father)
    Clark, Eugene E. (bro.)
    Clark, Matie B. (dau.)
    Hickox, Allie B. (wife)
    Herkner, Albert
    Munger, Averton E.
    Munger, Wallace
    Reece, Elizabeth (in-law)
    Wright, Annie M. (mother)
    Wright, Orris (in-law)
    Subjects Referenced
    Alpena, MI
    Argule Co., NY
    Bay City, MI
    Calumet, MI
    Clark & Munger
    Federal Building
    Flint, MI
    Genesee Co., MI
    Greenville, MI
    Johnson's Corners, OH
    Medina Co., OH
    Medina Twp., OH
    Methodist Episcopal Ch.
    Owasso, MI
    Phoenix block
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    West Bay City, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.