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D.W. Clark dressed as the Old Forty Niner, Valley City, N.D.
D.W. Clark dressed as the Old Forty Niner, Valley City, N.D.
TitleD.W. Clark dressed as the Old Forty Niner, Valley City, N.D.
Date of Original1885
DescriptionD.W. Clark wears the costume, beard, and wig of the Old Forty Niner for a play at the Opera House in Valley City.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectMusic & theater
Entertainment
People
Subject (LCTGM)Costumes
Beards
Wigs
Theatrical makeup
Theatrical productions
Personal NameClark, D. W. (David William), 1854-1950
LocationValley City (N.D.)
Decade1880-1889
Item Number00032-BA-22-04
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Transcription"The old forty niner"--Handwritten on front of photograph.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryDavid William Clark was born May 9, 1854 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On Christmas day, D. W. married Clara Roselind Porterfield, who was born in Emlenton, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1854. In 1879, David Clark came to Fargo, ND and filed on a preemption and tree claim near Walcott, Richland County, N.D., then returned to Pennsylvania. In 1880 he returned to ND to plow ten acres and seed it to oats. On March 31, 1881, he came to Fargo expecting to build a house and establish an insurance business. He was disappointed to learn the field was well covered, so someone suggested he go to Valley City. David Clark brought his wife and small son, Louis, to Valley City in the Spring of 1881. He built a house which was occupied by the family for 75 years. The Clark family was a musical family. Mr. Clark organized the Valley City Band and both he and his wife sang in the church choir. He operated an insurance agency. Mr. Clark died January 26, 1955.
Bibliographic ReferenceBarnes County history : Barnes County, North Dakota. Valley City, N.D.: Barnes Co. Hist. Soc, , 1976. p. 47.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionOral History Project Photograph Collection 00032
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00032-BA-22-04)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDsh00032BA2204
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