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Autobiography Of Edward B. Clark
A Living Testimony
Incidents in the Life and Labors of Alice Randall Clark

Alice Randall Clark, the plural wife of Edward B. Clark, was born December 21, 1863 at Centerville, Utah; a daughter of Alfred Randall and Margaret Morley. She died October 16, 1938 at Salt Lake City.

My first acquaintance with Alice was in 1890 when I taught school in Centerville. In my school were three sisters of the Randall family, Thurza, Alice and Emily. Emily later became the wife of Wilford W. Richards. She was of pioneer stock. He mother was a plural wife. The Randall family was of a religious nature an active in church affairs. Her mother was president of the Relief Society in Centerville. Her brother Melvin was counselor and later Bishop of the Centerville Ward. Her oldest sister Mary was the wife of John Wooley. Her sister Ella, the plural wife of James Baird. Her sister Thurza was married to Thomas Tingey, father of Bishop, and later President Wesley Tingy of South Davis Stake.

Alice, as a girl in school impressed me as a good student, of a meek and humble disposition, so that later, when I was impressed to take another wife she appealed to me. She was fully natured with a mind of her own, being about 24 years old, without, at that time, a steady boyfriend. While she received a shock, and was taken by surprise, she was willing for me to come to see her and visit her occasionally, while she was considering the matter of matrimony. She wanted to talk with her people, as well as with Wealthy who was not without an understanding of my intentions and movements. While sorely tried, she gave her consent and was a silent partner and never stood in the way of my doing my duty to Alice. Wealthy and I had been married several years without any prospects of children, and who knows, but the sacrifice she made, won favor with the Lord. As she later became the mother of seven living children. A pair of twin boys were born alive and lived long enough to be blessed and named.

When we were married in the Logan temple April 2, 1885, everything religious was in turmoil. U.S. Marshals were hounding men and women who were living in polygamy; arresting men and sending them to the penitentiary with heavy fines, so that many leading men of the church were sent to jail and others were in hiding. So it was some time before we lived together as man and wife, thinking perhaps the raid would blow away. Alice lived with her widowed mother until prospects of a family were near, when I brought her to live with a trusted family in Farmington, where our first born, Walter, came to bless our lives. Soon after, an uncle, her mother's brother was in need of a housekeeper, so Alice lived with him for a time. Later there was a vacancy in the Clark home in Georgetown. My brother Joseph who had spent many years in Georgetown built a nice large home and moved to Farmington, leaving the home vacant. I had been advised by proper authority to keep my wives in separate states. By so doing, I was left at liberty to look after the affairs of my father, Ezra T. Clark, as he was one who was incarcerated. I went often to visit him and when the time came to pay his fine, I went in Marshall Dyer's office and paid it, not knowing but what he had a warrant for my arrest but I was left alone, and Alice had her liberty, and it was not generally known to whom she belonged, as Joseph took her to Georgetown and I was there looking after the ranch and our cattle interests in Georgetown.

While living in Georgetown, most of Alice's family was raised. Her life was devoted to her family. Walter, Melvin and Rhoda, her three oldest children performed missionary service, and Melvin a term in World War I. Anxious to have her children get an education, she moved to Provo, where the children had the advantage of perhaps the best school in Utah, especially for LDS children. So all of her children had college work, and all but one became schoolteachers. It seemed to follow in the family. All her sons married schoolteachers. Walter, principal of the High School in Georgetown, is now retired. Bryant is principal of Juarez Academy in Mexico, and has charge of all the church schools in Mexico. Rhoda taught Home Economics, and was called on a mission to Oregon. Returning from her mission in late fall, she failed to get a school as teachers had been chosen. Her next best move was to take a nurse's course in the LDS Hospital. After graduation, she was retained in the hospital as a teacher of nurses, and had charge of one of the floors. Her daughter Maurine, a graduate, taught in Sevier County, then at Riverton, West Jordan Stake, where she married a fine young man, a returned Elder, Ruben Wiberg, who also filled a second mission as president of the Tongan Islands. While there, Alice lived with Maurine. Then later the family moved to Roy, Weber County. The school board, learning that she had been a schoolteacher, drafted her to teach. Her family being pretty well grown, she is still teaching. She was sustained and set apart as president of the Primary in the Lake View Stake.

Alice was living with Rhoda near the LDS Hospital. She went to Sunday School and took a visiting lady home with her to dinner. While she was going with this sister to a Genealogical meeting, she had a heart attack and dropped dead on the sidewalk. I was attending a meeting in Bountiful, where it was suddenly announced that the wife of E. B. Clark had suddenly died. That was October 16, 1938.

Alice was true to her marital vows, a devoted wife, a loving mother and a consistent Latter day Saint. Although she was active in church affairs while living in Georgetown she never liked the place and was glad to move away and devote her time to her family. However, she raised a fine family, one any person might be proud of. Farm life is hard, but after all on a farm is good place to raise a family. Her children are not afraid to work and all of them, with their companions are devoted to the church and to one another. I am proud of them. I am proud of all my family, in-laws, and also that the children were fortunate to get good companions and are raising fine families.

Edward B. Clark Autobiography

<Autobiography Main>< Introduction>< Early Childhood> < Boyhood> < Young Manhood> < Genealogy> < Summary of Church Activities> < Priesthood Activities> < Missionary Work> < Civic Service> < Positions in Civic Affairs> < Farming> < Water> < Traveling Experiences> < Children Born to Edward B. Clark> < Incidents in the Life of Wealthy Richards Clark> < Testimony By Mrs. Wealthy Richards Clark> < Incidents in the Life and Labors of Alice Randall Clark>< A Message to The Ezra T. Clark Association> < Faith Promotion Incidents of Edward B. Clark> < Another Faith Promoting Incident> < Another Case of Remarkable Healing> < Activities of My Family---My Great Achievement> < My Testimony> < Appendix>