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Albert (Dan) Clark b. 1856, Patricks Plain, d. 4.Jul.1937, buried Quirindi Cemetery.

With deep regret I read in the "Advocate" of a few issue back the passing of Mr. Albie Clarke, whom I had known for the best part of 50 years, and on one occasion I worked for him and his brothers way back in 1894 in the harvest field, and in those days the mode of gathering in the grain was with the old stripper and winower, and the yield was mostly ten four bushell bags per acre, and the bags when filled had to be loaded into a box wagon about twice as high as the motor truck of today. So needless to say the labor on a farm in those days was much harder than it is in the present period. I was personally acquainted with all the Clarke boys Bill, Jack, Walter, Roley and the late Albie (Albo as he was familiarly called, and I can say without fear or favor that I never met a more straightforward lot than the Clarke Brothers. I also well remember their father, the late Sam Clarke. He owned a property on Quirindi Creek down towards Quipolly. This property came into the possession of the Clarke brothers on the death of their father. I remember the giant fat bullocks that the late Mr. Albie Clarke raised on his property, and if memory serves me right, I think I was an eye witness when he trucked the last two from Quirindi, a special truck being necessary to convey them to Homebush. I also well remember Albie's old creamy horse, who carried his owner thou sands of miles, and a hardier horse never looked through a bridle, and I think the old creamy was all about 30 years old when he decided to nibble grass in the Valley of Jordan. In conclusion I extend my deepest sympathy to all relatives of the late Mr Albie Clarke and I trust that my old friend of many years is enjoying the good things of the hereafter.