Inventory of the Clark Hellar Collection
Processed by Lola Aguilar
Roseville Public Library History Collection© 2008
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Roseville, CA 95678
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Title: Clark Hellar Collection
Collection number: P 117
Collector: Hellar, Clark
Extent: 2 file folders, including 7 photographs
Repository: Roseville Public Library History Collection
Abstract: Descended from one of Roseville's pioneer families, Jerome Clark Hellar was born on April 23, 1904 at 605 Oak St. in Roseville to Martin Colin Hellar and Elva Clark Hellar. He was thereafter known to family and friends as Clark. His maternal great-grandparents Darius Darwin Clark and Catherine Cruder Clark, along with their daughter Alma and two sons Willis Albert and Wallace, arrived in Roseville from Akron, Ohio in 1870. The Clark Hellar Collection is arranged in three series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Ephemera, and 3. Photographic Material. Items span the years 1879 to 1976.
Physical location: Roseville Public Library
Languages: Languages represented in this collection: English
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Clark Hellar Collection, P 117: [box: folder number], Roseville Public Library, History Collection, Roseville, California.
The Hellar estate donated the collection in 1987.
Lola Aguilar processed this collection and created its finding aid in 2008.
Descended from one of Roseville's pioneer families, Jerome Clark Hellar was born on April 23, 1904 at 605 Oak St. in Roseville to Martin Colin Hellar and Elva Clark Hellar. He was thereafter known to family and friends as Clark. His maternal great-grandparents Darius Darwin Clark and Catherine Cruder Clark, along with their daughter Alma and two sons Willis Albert and Wallace arrived in Roseville from Akron, Ohio in 1870. D. D. Clark built the family home on the corner of Church and Lincoln Streets in 1886.
Hellar's grandfather W. A. Clark was born on March 8, 1854 in Ohio. After settling in Roseville with his parents, he met and married Ida Kingsberry of Contra Costa County in 1876. Ida and her unborn child died soon after during childbirth. In 1880 W. A. married Rachel Louisa Skidmore, born in October 1857 in Pennsylvania. The couple's family grew with the addition of Elva Louise born in October 1881, Iva Maria born in July 1886, Willis Stewart born in May 1888, Catherine H. born in August 1890, and Wendall R. born in August 1892. W. A. bought land bordered by Judah, Oak, and Royer Streets and bought a home at 605 Oak Street in 1887.
During this time W.A. worked as a manager of a fruit farm, horse and cattle breeder, agriculturalist, and as co-owner of a livery stable. In 1908 he partnered with Howard H. Stone and opened the Clark and Stone Livery Stable on Vernon St. By 1917 he owned three vineyards, which his two sons managed. He also helped organize the Railroad National Bank of Roseville in 1921 and served as a director. Willis Albert Clark died on December 30, 1930 and was buried in the Roseville Cemetery.
Elva Clark married Martin Colin Hellar in 1903. The couple lived on Royer Street and Martin worked as a farmer and raised stock, while Elva stayed home with son Clark, who was born the following year. On January 8, 1923 the Hellar's welcomed another son to the family, Martin C. Jr. Four years later Clark married his wife, the former Isabelle Maciel,and they moved to Sacramento, where Clark worked as a farmer on a fruit farm. On May 7, 1937, Clark and Isabelle became parents with the birth of their son Jerome Clark Jr.
Clark Hellar died on May 22, 1987.
The Clark Hellar Collection is arranged in three series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Ephemera, and 3. Photographic Material. Items span the years 1879 to 1976.
The first series, Correspondence, consists of one file folder and includes a letter from author Pearl S. Buck to Clark Hellar. The second series, Ephemera, consists of one file folder and includes Clark's diploma from Roseville Union High School and a graduation program. The third series, Legal Documents, includes an original land deed from Emmett Farnham to W.A. Clark. The fourth series, Photographic Material, consists of one file folder and contains photographs of Hellar's grandparents W. A. and Rachel Clark, one of Roseville's pioneer families. The folder also includes photographs of Hellar and his family.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Clark, Rachel Louise
Clark, Willis Albert
Hellar, Jerome Clark
Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973
Roseville Union High School (Roseville, Calif.)
Box 1 : 001
Box 1 : 002
Box 1 : 003