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Joseph Eugene Clark

Also Known As: "Gene Clark"
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Saint Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA
Death: Died in Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Place of Burial: Ashton, Fremont County, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Clark and Laura Ann Clark
Husband of Ruth Emilie Clark and Hazel Ivy Fransen
Ex-husband of Ruth Esther Partridge
Father of Lester Eugene Clark; Maxine Ruth Clark; Norma Elaine Clark and Virginia May Clark
Brother of Laura Ann Clark; Winnie Eulila Clark; Florence Natalie Hunt; Della Vernice Young; Rosella Maria Hale and 2 others

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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Birth: Feb. 2, 1890 Saint Charles Bear Lake County Idaho, USA

Death: Sep. 19, 1977 Blackfoot Bingham County Idaho, USA

Joseph Eugene (Gene) Clark 87, of 47 Airport Road, died Monday at Bingham Memorial Hospital of a heart ailment. He was born Feb. 2,1890, in St. Charles, the son of Joseph and Laura Ann Larsen Clark. He married Ruth Howel in 1911. They were later divorced. He married Ruth Andreasen in 1922. She died in 1928. He married Hazel Fransen Oct. 15, 1932, in St. Anthony. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. Before retiring he had been employed as fish hatchery superintendent for the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. He was an elder in the LDS Church. He was a past noble grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge. He enjoyed gardening and caring for his yard. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Maxine Stoddard, Coeur d' Alene; Mrs. Newton (Norma) Taylor, Muskegon, Mich.; and Mrs. Daniel (Virginia) Beswick, San Rafael, Calif; six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; one brother Alan Fransen, Sandpoint; two sisters, Mrs. Vernice Young, Coeur d' Alene, and Mrs. Rosella Hale, Blackfoot. One son, Lester, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Ward LDS Church by Bishop Max Tanner. Burial will be in the Ashton, Idaho cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sandberg-Hill Funeral Home.

F&G honors fishing pioneer By HELEN HENDERSON Blackfoot News Writer If you have ever pulled a cutthroat trout from an Idaho stream, the chances are that you owe the pleasure of catching the fish to J.E. Clark of Blackfoot, one of the first pioneers of Idaho fish hatcheries. Clark, 86, served with the Idaho Fish and Game Department since 1907, retiring from active service last May. He had been in semi-retirement since 1957. He was recently awarded a certificate of recognition from the state, signed by Gov. Cecil Andrus, in appreciation of his years of service in the department. J.E. Clark was born at St. Charles, at the edge of Bear Lake. By the time he was 15 years old he was helping his father with commercial fishing in the Lake, using gill nets, a hundred yards long and, row boats from 19 to 21 feet long made of native rough pine or hand planed lumber. Gill netting was an al lnight job, he said, as fish had to be removed to prevent tangling the nets and to provide room for more fish to be caught. In those days, the average price for trout was 10 cents a pound. In 1906, he and his father, Joseph Clark, took the first cutthroat spawn for the first Idaho fish hatchery. His father was later instrumental in starting the Coeur d' Alene fish hatchery which he operated until his death. Clark joined his father in the Idaho Fish and Game Department in 1907. He served as a game warden for a while, but most of his years were spent as a superintendent of hatcheries in many different areas of the state. Clark thinks that being in the fish hatchery business is easier now than it was in the old days. "We had to do everything the hard way. Many's the night I've sat in a cold railroad station keeping fish alive until 'they could be shipped. Now they have oxygen pumps for the job," he said. "We had to grind up all the fish food by hand, using liver, horse meat and trash fish. Now they have commercially prepared starter food that they just scatter in the water. "But they still use other procedures that were started by us older fellows," said Clark. Clark says he is concerned about the fish industry in Idaho. "We're having to practice economy. We've had to cut personnel, and hatcheries have been ordered to cut next year's production by 20 per cent. I'm afraid we're going to get a reaction from the fishermen," said Clark. Although officially retired, Clark still likes to visit his favorite fishing areas with his trusty rod and reel he bought many years ago in Sandpoint from Don Samuelson, who was later to become governor of Idaho. Clark is not the only fisherman in his family His brother,Allen J. Clark, of Sandpoint retired from the Idaho Fish and Game Department after 46 years of service; his nephew Norman Floyd, is superintendent of the American Falls hatchery;and another nephew, Lee Hunt, is a conservation officer at Preston Blackfoot News Hatchery pioneer J.E. Clark of Blackfoot recently received a certificate of recognition from the State of Idaho in appreciation for his many years of service in the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Clark was an early pioneer in the establishment of fish hatcheries throughout the state.

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Joseph Eugene Clark's Timeline

February 2, 1890
Saint Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA
July 12, 1898
Age 8
May 31, 1911
Age 21
May 31, 1911
Age 21
March 6, 1912
Age 22
Saint Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
July 10, 1915
Age 25
St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho
December 21, 1924
Age 34
Ashton, Freemont, Idaho
May 9, 1926
Age 36