"The Nashua Reporter" [Nashua, Chickasaw Co., IA], 6 Feb 1935:
CLARK R. DEXTER CALLED
BY DEATH LAST THURSDAY
Was Widely Known Throughout
This Section. Funeral Held
Clark R. Dexter, deputy sheriff, and one of Chickasaw county's most highly respected and best loved citizens, passed away at the hospital in New Hampton early Thursday morning, Jan. 31, 1935, after an illness extending over a period of about three months, during which time he submitted to two operations but his ailment being of a malignant nature the skill of the best physicians and surgeons and the brave fight of an undaunted spirit were unavailing, and a useful life, just in its prime, was cut off.
Clark R. Dexter was born in Nashua, Jan. 26, 1889. Here he grew to manhood, attending the Nashua high school, and later taking a business course at the Southern Minnesota Business College, at Austin, Minn., graduating in 1908. For twenty-three years he was employed in the banking business in Nashua, for many years being cashier. After the consolidation of the Nashua banks, Mr. Dexter took up the insurance business, which he followed until May, 1934, when he was appointed deputy sheriff of Chickasaw county for the remainder of the year, and later reappointed for 1935.
On June 18, 1913 he was united in marriage to Miss Eva Hanson of this city, who with two daughters, Margaret and Alice Mae, survive to mourn the departure of one who was all that a husband and a father could be. A son died in infancy.
Surviving besides the wife and daughters, are four sisters, Mrs. Lou Smith, Minneapolis; Mrs. C. L. Johnson, Nashua; Mrs. W. F. Getsch, Minneapolis, and Mrs. H. S. Hanson, Peoria, Ill.
During his work in the bank he made a wide acquaintance and it can be truly said that to know Clark was to feel at once that he was your friend. His open countenance, his friendly smile, his sincere handclasp, assured you that here was a man worth of one's fullest confidence, and Clark never betrayed a trust placed in him. His own troubles and misfortunes, and he had his full share, were thrust into the background, and his sole thought seem to be what he could do to make life brighter, and smooth over the rough places in the lives of others. The esteem and love in which he was held was shown by the large concourse of people from every walk of life who crowded the church to pay their tribute of respect to a man whose departure they sincerely mourned. To his family and relatives his own life will be a beautiful memory.
Clark was always active in church and social affairs. His sweet tenor voice was in demand on every occasion where it could be used and it was his pleasure to give of his talent. From many years he was a member of the Congregational choir, of which church he was an active member. He was also a member of the Bradford Lodge 129, A. F. and A. M., which he served as Worshipful Master; of DeMolay Consistory, 32nd Degree Masons, and of the Northeast Iowa Consistory Club of which he was a past president. At the time of his removal to New Hampton he was a member of the board of education of the Nashua Public schools, and he served a number of terms as city treasurer.
A brief funeral service was held at Knutson & Larkin's funeral parlors in New Hampton at 1 p.m. Sunday, Rev. W. A. Spiker of the New Hampton Congregational church offering prayer and paying a tribute to the character of the deceased. Mrs. Ray Farragher and Miss Helen Whittle sang "The Old Rugged Cross," Clark's favorite hymn, and one which he had sung so sweetly for others on similar occasions. Following this service, the body, accompanied by the family, the court house officials, and many friends from New Hampton, was brought to Nashua, where a service was held at the Congregational church at 3 p.m., Rev. G. C. Lusted, assisted by Rev. J. H. Fairley, officiating. Mr. E. W. Staley, accompanied by Mrs. Staley on the piano, sang "Crossing the Bar". The beautiful flowers banked around the casket were a mute tribute of the love to the deceased. The service at the grave in Oak Hill cemetery was in charge of the Masons. Casket bearers were: W. M. Prudhon, W. R. Clampitt, A. H. Meier, Galen Mellinger, E. H. Yarger and G. E. Ellison.
The following poem is from the pen and heart of one of Clark's Nashua friends:
Like the gardener plucks his flowers
From a thousand beauties rare,
So our Father and Creator
Does His blessings with us share;
When He gives us songful voices
That do all God's praises sing,
But in Heaven now rejoices
Singing glory to his King.
And may God who knows your sorrow
Be your comfort and your guide,
And in Heaven soon tomorrow
You may all be at his side.
When the pain you now must suffer
Shall to gladness be transformed,
You will thank Him for His wisdom
That your pathway has adorned.
How we used to love and cherish
Every verse and song he's sing;
How his ever quickened footsteps,
Cheer and laughter would us bring.
And with a little bit of coaxing
We could always make him sing.
How he loved the joyful evenings
When the crowd would join his ring.
Now he's gone and left us longing
For the happy times he made,
By his every joyful speeches
When he headed the brigade.
God has taken him to Heaven,
There to hear the Angels sing.
What a joy to him is given
When forever he can sing
With the great and countless chorus
Standing in the nightless sphere.
Never more a pain or sorrow,
Never more a sob nor tear.
God has given him the vision
There to see his title clear.
What a crown the Lord has given
For the gladness he spread here;
Life eternal up in Heaven,
Where he's living -- he's not dead.
Grant to use, our loving Father,
When our life on earth shall end,
Be our Savior and Redeemer,
And an everlasting friend.
That through all the life eternal
Up in Heaven we may spend;
Join our loved ones gone before us,
Where our meeting has no end.
World War I Draft Registration Card, No. 37:
Name: Richard Clark Dexter, 28
Address: Nashua, Iowa
Birthplace: Nashua, Iowa
Birth Date: 26 Jan 1889
Occupation: Assistant Cashier
Employer: Commercial State Savings Bank
Where Employed: Nashua, Iowa
Marital Status: Married
Exemptions Claimed: Dependents
Signature: CR Dexter
Color of Eyes: Brown
Color of Hair: Dark
Physical Disabilities: None Listed
Registration Date: 5 Jun 1917
Registration Place: Nashua, Chickasaw Co., IA
1920 Census, Nashua Town, Bradford Twp., Chickasaw Co., IA, E.D. #47, Sheet 11B, Main Street, Dwelling & Family #322, enumerated 15 Jan 1920 b. Ina I. Crapaer [sp?]:
Dexter, Clark, Head, 30, b. Iowa, f/b Ohio, m/b Canada, Asst. Cashier, Bank
--- Eva, Wife, 29, b. Iowa, f/b Iowa, m/b Iowa
--- Margaret, Daughter, 2, b. Iowa, f/b Iowa, m/b Iowa
1930 Census, Nashua, Bradford Twp., Chickasaw Co., IA, E.D. #1, Sheet 10B, Main Street, Dwelling #275, Family #276, enumerated 12 Apr 1930:
Dexter, Clark, Head, Owns, $5000, 41, m. 1st @ 24, b. Iowa, f/b Ohio, m/b Canada, asst. cashier, bank
--- Eva, Wife, 40, m. 1st @ 23, b. Iowa, f/b Iowa, m/b Iowa
--- Margaret, daughter, 12, Attended School, b. Iowa, f/b Iowa, m/b Iowa
--- Alice Mae, daughter, 9, Attended School, b. Iowa, f/b Iowa, m/b Iowa
Hanson, Nancy, Mother in law, 62, Wd, b. Wisconsin, f/b Kansas, m/b Kansas
Clark Richard Dexter was the son of Hubbard Thompson "Thomas" Dexter, 1841-1932, and Mary Ann Lester, 1849-1921.
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