James Garrison Clark, the fifth child of Thomas Jefferson and Nancy Peters Clark, was born January 14, 1859, in Winston County, Mississippi, and married Susan Deborah Hendrix on June 4, 1887. "Susie" Hendrix was born August 30, 1869.
James G. Clark moved as a small child with his parents to a home near Okolona. Clark rose from the obscurity of working in a lumber mill at age twenty-one to a position of wealth and prominence. Beginning with a small sawmill at Beirne in the 1880s, he climbed to the top of his industry. He also had banking interests in Arkadelphia, Little Rock, Gurdon, and Prescott. J.G. Clark was the president of Merchants and Planters Bank and Trust Company of Arkadelphia for a number of years.
James Garrison Clark died March 6, 1937; Susie Hendrix Clark died February 11, 1937. The couple had five children: Lou, born in 1888, married Robert Clinton Rhodes in 1912, died in 1982; Thomas G., born in 1890, married Jean Douglas Craig in 1915, died in 1963; Esther, born in 1896, married Hugh Thomas Ross in 1919, died in 1967; Verna, born in 1905, married Dallas Dalton in 1926, died in 1995; and Martha, born and died in 1906.
Most of the items in this collection are letters written during the courtship of James G. Clark and Susie Hendrix between April of 1886 and May of 1887, the months immediately preceding their marriage.
Clark-Hendrix Papers. Clark County Historical Association Collection. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.