My Present Past
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A genealogical experience
Marseilles, Illinois
John Francis Clark was born September 08, 1853 to Roderick and Mary (Ryall) Clark in Morris, Grundy County,
Illinois. Arriving in
Marseilles in 1857 with his brothers Charles A, born November,1850, Lucius in 1857 and
Robert Roderick, April 14, 1861. His father was a railroad contractor and also one of the main founders of the
central business district of Marseilles in 1857.
Roderick Clark was also instrumental in the building of the first
bridge in Marseilles in 1865, formation of the Marseilles Land and Water Company in 1866 and building of the
first dam in 1867. Roderick died
December 17, 1875 and his mother Mary, died January 24, 1906  both in
Marseilles, Illinois

John was one of the
operators at the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific depot in 1877 and also ran a motel in town.
He married
Mary Allene Cowles on November 01, 1888 in Marseilles, Illinois. She was the daughter of
John H. and Harriet A. Cowles, born August 17, 1867 in Orwell Twp, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

John H. Cowles moved to Marseilles in 1871 from Orwell, Pennsylvania, where he served during the
Civil War.
He owned a mercantile business,
Cowles Brothers in Marseilles, with his brother Chester.

John and Mary Clark had one son, Stanley Northrope, born August 01, 1894 in Marseilles, Illinois.
Mary Allene (Cowles) Clark died
July 15, 1899 in Marseilles, Illinois.
John left the railroad industry and in
1900 was involved in paper manufacturing.
John Francis Clark died
September 08, 1905 and is buried in Riverview Cemetery in Marseilles.
After John's death, his son Stanley went to
St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, where he lived with his aunt
and uncle,
Robert and Mary Clark. Stanley was killed in a railroad accident in St. Joseph on February 01, 1911  
and he is also buried in
Riverview Cemetery in Marseilles.
John F. Clark                                                                                                                           December 31, 1877
Marseilles, Illinois
Levant Terrance Gardner was born September 30, 1850 to Joseph and Mary Gardner in Amboy, Lee County,
Illinois. He came to Marseilles around 1875 and was a
telegraph operator for the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific
Railroad. He met
Miss Martha Jane Pollock, daughter of George and Ann J. (Mick) Pollock, born April 23, 1853 in
New York. They were married in 1876 and had three children,
Gertie A. born 1877, Lena Mart born 1880 and
Earl George born 1885. He changed professions to a carpenter around 1900 and in 1910 was an Insurance Agent.
Levant Gardner died in
1912 in Marseilles, Illinois. His wife Martha passed away on February 09, 1920.
Both are buried at
Riverview Cemetery in Marseilles.
L. T. Gardner                                                                                                                            Marseilles, Illinois
December 31, 1877
Annie J. Riebling was born July 22, 1861 to Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Nussbaum) Riebling in Chicago, Cook County,
Illinois. The Riebling family was living in
Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois in 1870, with Fred running a bakery.
Sometime before
1880 they moved to Joliet, Will County, Illinois, with Fred running a Paper Manufacturing
Company. In Joliet, Annie met
Charles A. Barrett born August, 1859 to James and Margaret (King) Barrett in
Joliet, Will County, Illinois. They were married in 1881 and had three children, Elizabeth, born September
1882, Harry F, born November 1886 and Margaret, born March 1894.
Charles A. Barrett died in 1902 in Joliet, Illinois. After the death of her husband, Annie worked as a saleslady
at a dry goods store in Joliet. At the time of her death on
August 02, 1928, Annie was a Matron Nurse at
Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. She is buried with Charles at
Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois.
Annie Riebling                                                                                                                           Marseilles, Illinois
February 27, 1878