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Dr. William Blaine Clark, who has practiced his profession in Butler with honor and exceptional ability for the past 25 years, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born at Worthington, in Armstrong County, October 2, 1855, and is the son of Nicholas and Eliza (Blaine) Clark.
Nicholas Clark, deceased, was a native of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, where he spent his entire life. For many years he engaged in the building business at Worthington and later owned and operated a farm. His wife, also born in Armstrong County, is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Clark the following children were born: Evelyn, deceased, was the wife of J. M. Laird; John W., lives at Blairsville, Pennsylvania ; William Blaine, the subject of this sketch ; James M., lives on the old homestead in Armstrong County ; Samuel Edgar, deceased ; Margaret, deceased, was the wife of Dr. McCaffery ; and Mary Belle, married J. W. McKee, lives in Butler.
After completing his early schooling in the Worthington Academy, William Blaine Clark attended the University of Illinois and in 1887 was graduated from Northwestern University. He engaged in practice in Chicago for several years and in February, 1902, located in Butler, where he is widely and favorably known as a capable physician and surgeon.
In 1887 Doctor Clark was married to Miss Jessie F. Miller, of Butler, the daughter of Franklin and Elizabeth (Elliott) Miller, of Clarion County, Pennsylvania. They had three children: Harold, deceased; Gladys, married L. C. Ritts, lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they have two children, Marcia Clark and Leonard Chose Ritts, Jr.; and Ruth Elizabeth, married John L. Wise, and they have a daughter, Marilyn.
Politically, Doctor Clark is a Republican. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World, Independent Order of Forresters, and is active in the Butler County Medical Society.
James Clark, the great-grandfather of Dr. Wm. Blaine Clark, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and served in the company under his brother, Captain John, the latter later becoming a colonel in the U. S. A. James Clark was a sergeant in his brother's company of the Eighth Regiment. James Clark, while in the army in Virginia, met and married Miss Jean McCulloch. After the war they settled in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, where the government granted 416 acres of land to him for services rendered in the war. They reared a family of 13 children, the third in order of birth being John Clark, grandfather of Dr. Wm. Blaine Clark.
History of Butler County, Pa, 1927, pages 988-989