JOSEPH DALE CLARK

(NO GRAVESTONE)

B. March 23, 1928 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
D. February 7, 1955 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
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  • Father: Joseph Adolph Clark born about 1882 in Belgium; Joseph died October 22, 1952 in Cook County, IL
  • Mother: Jeanette  (Ragen) Clark born about 1902 in Canada
  • Siblings:
    • Erma Jean (aka Ermagene) (Clark) Carineo born April 11, 1927 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married Alejandro “Alex” Arineo (1903-?) on September 28, 1943 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Erma died February 1996
    • Patricia A. “Patsy” Clark born August 19, 1935 in Cook County, IL

Additional Information:

(NOTE: The birth date documented by the Strang Funeral Home may be incorrect. The WW II Draft Card for Joseph Clark states the birth date is March 23, 1928 which would mean he was age 26 at the time of his death. The Chicago Tribune newspaper article of Joseph Clark states, “age 26, a steeplejack” may possibly be the same person buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery.)

According to the Cook County, Illinois Birth Index, 1916-1935:

“Name: Joseph Clark; Birth Date: 23 Mar 1928; Birth Location: Cook County, IL; File Number: 6017373; Archive collection name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Births); Archive repository location: Chicago, IL; Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk”

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 156 East Superior Street, the household members were:

“Joseph A. Clark, head, age 48, married age age 44, born in Belgium, parents born in Belgium, Immigration year: 1890, naturalized; Jeanette Clark, wife, age 28, married at age 24, born in Canada – English, father born in North Dakota, mother born in Irish Free State, Immigration year: 1923, alien, Occupation: Janitor – Apartment bldg; Erma Jean Clark, daughter, age 3, single, born in Illinois; Joseph B. Clark, son, age 2 1/12, single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 58-60 Grand, the household members were:

“Joseph Clark, head, age 58, married, Highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in the same place in 1935; Jeanette Clark, wife, age 38, married, Highest grade completed: H-4, born in Illinois, lived in the same place in 1935, Occupation: Caretaker – Rooming; Erma Clark, daughter, age 13, single, Highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in the same place in 1935; Joseph Clark, son, age 12, single, Highest grade completed: 6, born in Illinois; Patsy Clark, daughter, age 4, single, Highest grade completed: 0, born in Illinois, lived in the same place in 1935”

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: Joseph Dale Clark; Place of Residence: Round Lake, Lake, Illinois; Mailing Address: Round Lake, Lake, Illinois; Telephone: None; Age in Years: 18; Date of Birth: March 23, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois; Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Joseph A. Clark, Round Lake, Illinois; Employer’s Name and Address: Ralph Orth, Round Lake, Illinois; Place of Employment: Round Lake, Illinois; Race: White; Height: 5′ 9″; Weight: 162#; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Blondish Red; Complexion: Ruddy; Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: Scar on forearm of right arm; Signed: March 25, 1946”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL living on Hawthorne Road, the household members were:

“Joseph Clark, head, age 22, never married, born in Illinois, Occupation: Truck driver – Retail Lumber Supply”

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Surname: CLARK; Name: Joseph; Birth Date/Place: 12 Apr 1905; Death Date/Place: 07 Feb 1955, Chicago; Cause of Death: (blank); Married; Occupation: Steeple Jack; Minister – Funeral Home: Rev. LIDDICOAT, Chapel; Burial Place – Next of Kin: Fort Hill, Joseph CLARK-Father”

According to the Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988:

“Name: Joseph Dale Clark; Death Date: 7 Feb 1955; Death Location: Cook County, IL; File Number: 6008665; Archive collection name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Deaths); Archive repository location: Chicago, IL; Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Tuesday, February 8, 1955, page 4:

WIFE, ANGERED
BY BEATINGS,
KILLS HUSBAND

   Joseph Clark, 26, a steeplejack, was killed last night when his wife, Hazel, 20, shot him in the back with a shotgun in their home at 1305 N. Clark st.
   Mrs. Clark told police she went to a closet and got the shotgun after her husband had threatened to “beat me up again.” She said she and her husband had visited friends, Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson, at a trailer camp near Park Ridge Sunday night. Yesterday, she told police, he accused her of having relations with Wilson.
   When her husband threatened to beat her, she said she remembered other beatings and vowed he would not harm her again. After the shooting, Mrs. Clark ran to the home of her mother, Mrs. Isabell Newby, 1311 N. Clark st., Mrs. Newby, who was caring for the couple’s child, Joseph Jr., 2, ran to the apartment and discovered the body. She then told her daughter to call police.”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Wednesday, February 9, 1955, page 4:

“Mrs. Joseph Clark, 20, who shot and killed husband Monday night, ordered held for grand jury by State’s Atty. Gutknecht after she had been absolved of blame by coroner’s jury.”