Portraits of the Past: Clark Wilder

Aug 14, 2022 | Featured, Photo

Clark Wilder (1801-1870)

White & black chalk over photograph on paper

Hailing from New York state, Clark Wilder was an early settler arriving with his family in 1837. He settled on the west side after becoming a prominent farmer and active public official. After his death, it was written, “He was known to the people of his locality as a man full of benevolence, and the beggar was never turned from his door without both material support and kind words.” Many homes on the near west side are located on land that was once part of his farm; West Aurora Cemetery, where he is buried, was also once part of his farm.

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