Walter Eli Clark

Charleston Daily Mail
February 6, 1950

Clark Service Set for 4 P. M.

Funeral services for Walter Eli Clark, 81, owner and editor of The Charleston Daily Mail who died Saturday in a Charleston hospital, were to be held Monday at 4 p. m. at Kanawha Presbyterian church.

Rev. Bernard E. Vanderbeek was to officiate, with burial to follow in Mountain View cemetery. Simpson mortuary is in charge.

Active pallbearers are to be Jack Maurice, Vint Jennings, Dick Hudson, J. B. Martin, Howard Wolfe, Robert Thompson, Clyde Jenkins, Southall Burke, Arthur McQueen and Frank Polk, all employees of the Daily Mail.

Mr. Clark died at 1:27 p.m. Saturday, two hours after suffering a heart attack at his home, 1598 Virginia St., East.

He had taken an active role in the publication of the Daily Mail up until the day before his death. He made his last visit to the offices shortly before noon Friday.

Most of his writing in recent years had been confined to his widely-read page one editorial column, "At This Hour," but the last story he wrote for the news columns concerned plans for the annual Charleston rose show staged here each spring.

He was one of the founders of the Charleston Rose Society, a past president of the National Rose Society, a past president of the Kanawha Boy Scout council, and a founder of the Charleston Community fund.

Before coming to Charleston in 1914 as owner of The Charleston Mail, he served as governor of Alaska under President Taft.

Daily Mail Closing at 3:30 Today For Funeral of Mr. Clark

All departments of the Daily Mail will be closed at 3:30 p.m. Monday so that employees may attend funeral services for Walter E. Clark, owner and editor.

The Daily Mail will not publish on Monday a Three-Star street edition.

Offices will be open as usual on Tuesday.

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