Atherton Clark, Princeton, was born near Dover, Ill., September 22, 1839. September 11, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, Ninth Illinois Cavalry, and served with honor till the close of the war. He was in many severe engagements, among which were those of Nashville and Franklin, Tenn., and Tupelo, Miss. He was successively promoted from Sergeant of his company, until at the close of the war he was a Major of his regiment.
In 1868 he was elected Sheriff of Bureau County, and after the expiration of that term of office he engaged in farming.
In 1882 he was appointed Deputy Sheriff of this county and filled that position until elected City Marshal of Princeton in the spring of 1884.
Maj. Clark is a member of the A. F. & A. M. fraternity and also G. A. R. Post. In politics he is a stanch Republican.
December 13, 1865, Maj. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Jerusha B. Whitmarsh, who was born at Cold Springs,
N. Y., July 3, 1840, and is the daughter of Alvah and Naomi (Clark) Whitmarsh, the latter of whom is still living at the age of eighty-three years. Maj. and Mrs. Clark are the parents of four children, viz.; Hubert A., Lora H., Herma and Alice E.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885