Clark project

Harry Richard Clark (1877-1932)

& Lillie May Turnbaugh (1879-1955)

(Sources for some of the following may be found in our “family sheet” and in our “records history” for this family

Harry Richard Clark, firstborn of seven children of Robert and Adeline (Wittkopf) Clark, was born 12 May 1877 in Arlington, Baltimore County, Maryland.  His father was 29 years old at this time, and his mother was 23.  From before age six to the time he married he lived on his parents’ farm in Dulaney’s Valley, Baltimore County.  Lillie May Turnbaugh, firstborn of nine children of William Henry and Anna Maria (Cochran) Turnbaugh, neighbors of the Clark family in Dulaney’s Valley, was born 14 July 1879 in Baltimore County.  Lill had two suitors in 1900, when her father decided it was time for her to choose between them.  One was high-spirited and fun-loving, but it was the other, Harry Clark, a down-to-earth farmer, whom her father favored.  Lill acquiesced to her father’s wishes and accepted Harry’s suit.  They were married 16 August 1899, as entered in the William Henry Turnbaugh family Bible.

Bill, Lill, Harry Sr. & Harry Jr.

In the 1900 federal census Harry and Lilly are listed among those in the 11th district of Baltimore County.  Harry was a day laborer.  Their first son, William Robert (“Bill”), was born 7 July 1900 at Dulaney’s Valley.  Their second and last, Harry Richard Jr., was born 21 October 1905, also at Dulaney’s Valley.  Both sons were baptized at Trinity (Episcopal) Church in Long Green.  In the 1910 census Harry and Lillie are still listed in Baltimore County District 11, on Dulaney Valley Pike.  Harry was a farmer; his was a general farm, and he rented it.  A 52-year-old hired man, Harry Ervin, unmarried, lived there at the farm and worked as a laborer.  At the time of the World War I draft, in September of 1918, Harry was required to register.  He was a farmer, on his own account, in Parkton—still in Baltimore County but up near the Penssylvania state line.  Harry was described as of medium height with blue eyes and dark hair.  When Loch Raven Reservoir was re-dammed and enlarged between 1912 and 1914, the affected farmers in Dulaney’s Valley had been assured that they would have time to harvest their crops; but the area was flooded early and Harry’s crops were lost.  Harry sued, and won.

Harry & Lill, ~1899

Bill, ~1908

Bill was 18 years old in September of 1918, old enough to be required to register for the draft.  He was a Ford mechanic at Backers Motor Company at 1020 East North Avenue, Baltimore.  He was tall, of medium build, with gray eyes and brown hair.  He listed, as his nearest relative, his mother, Lillie M. Clark of Parkton, Baltimore County.  Bill was closer to his mother than to his father.  He was sickly (it was thought to be asthma) growing up, so it was Harry Jr. who helped his father while Bill helped his mother in the kitchen.  Bill was probably living with his uncle John Warfel’s family (John’s wife Grace was Harry Sr.’s sister) in Baltimore’s 27th Ward, in 1918 (which is where he was living in 1920, at which time he was still a mechanic in a garage).

Lill, Harry Jr. & Bill,~1920

Harry owned the farm (mortgaged) in Parkton, on Massimore Road, which is where he, Lillie and Harry Jr. were living at the time of the 1920 federal census, in January of that year.  He, Lillie and Harry Jr. were 42, 40 and 14, respectively, at this time.

Lill, ~1920's

Harry, ~1920's

According to Harry Jr.’s wife, Mary Atkinson Clark Terrill, who was recalling in the early 1980’s what she had heard several decades earlier, Harry Sr. was as ornery as a man could be (perhaps Mary’s personal opinion—she liked her mother-in-law, Lill, very much).  Lill grew very sick and despondent at one time (we think the mid-to-late 1920’s), and wished to die.  Harry wasn’t able to deal with this, and left her.  One of Lill’s sisters went to Harry and asked him to see his wife, but he wouldn’t do it, saying, “She made her bed.  Let her lie in it.”  In time Lill was helped, and recovered her will to live.  (And Bill was helped by a chiropractor who found that his asthma was actually a back problem.)  Several years later, when Harry was down with throat cancer, his sister Grace ministered to him.  But Harry really wanted Lill there.  When Grace told Lill of this, Lill went, and Harry died not long after, on 25 Aug. 1932, in Lutherville, probably at Grace’s house.

Reconciling the details of the story with the facts of the 1930 census is difficult, since it’s unlikely that Harry would leave a farm that he owned.  More likely, he said something like, “If you don’t like it here, leave!”  And so Lill did.  In April of 1930 Harry was living alone on a farm in District 7 of Baltimore County (presumably the farm on Massimore Road in Parkton), and was listed as divorced.  Lily, who was living in Towson with Harry Jr., was listed as married, however, so we assume they that she and Harry Sr. were actually still married.  Lily was a seamstress, making dresses for wages, and Harry Jr., who was renting the house they lived in, was a stock clerk at a press manufacturing business, earning wages.  Bill, wife Lillie C., and daughter Lillie C. were living at 419 East Joffa Road in Towson, in a house that Bill owned.  Bill was still an auto mechanic, working for wages.  Bill’s household was the only one of the three to have a radio set.  Neither Bill, his father, nor Harry, was a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces.

Lida Lee Tall, ~1930's

Bill had married Lillian Cecelia (“Lillie”) Irwin in January of 1923.  Their only child, Lillian Cecelia (“Cedie”), was born in April of 1927.  Harry Jr. married Mary Elizabeth Atkinson in June of 1933.  Mary remembers that Lill (as she always knew her to be called) was around that time serving as personal assistant and traveling companion to Lida Lee Tall (1873-1942), Principal and President of the State Teachers College at Towson, now called Towson University.  This had to have been up to no later than 1938, since Dr. Tall retired then.  In the early 1940’s, when Mary started working, Lill came over to the house once a week, on her day off from her own job, and cleaned the house.  Harry Jr. and Mary had two children: Mary Elizabeth ("Betty"), born in January of 1934, and Harry Richard III ("Richard"), born in March of 1940.

Lill died on 14 Aug. 1955, at her home at 723 East Arlington Road in Baltimore.  Her grandson Richard was there at the time.  She is buried next to her husband at Trinity Cemetery, in Long Green, Baltimore County.

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