Edward L. Clock, one of the honored and valued residents of Geneva, is living retired after many years of close connection with mercantile interests of Maysville and agricultural interests of Franklin county. He is one of the pioneers in this part, of Iowa, his residence here dating from
1856, since which time he has witnessed a great deal of the development and growth of the country, bearing an active and honorable part in the work of advancement. He was born on Long Island, New York, January 23, 1831, a son of Ebenezer and Lucinda (Jarvis) Clock.
In early childhood Edward L. Clock began contributing to his own support, riding a horse for plowing at ten cents per day. He also cut cord wood and grafted fruit trees and engaged in various
other similar occupations. In 1856 he came to Iowa, locating in Maysville,
where he engaged in the mercantile business in partnership with his brother-in-law, Henry Wheeler until the latter's death.
In 1865 Mr. Clock formed a partnership with his brother, Hezekiah C. Clock, which continued until the entire
stock was purchased by Hezekiah C. Clock, Edward Clock turning his attention to farming.
He followed this occupation successfully until 1902, when he moved to Geneva and erected a comfortable home, in
which he has since lived in retirement.
On the 21st of January, 1857, Mr. Clock was united in marriage to Miss Fannie E. Wheeler, who was born in Ohio, December 24, 1833. They became the parents of seven children: Harry E., who has passed away; Dewitt, of Franklin county; Edith M. and Rogene, who have also passed away; Jean H., of Geneva township; Julian, deceased; and Ned L., who died in Chattanooga, Tennessee, while in the army during the Spanish-American war.
Mr. Clock was a member of the Methodist church, was connected fraternally with the Masonic lodge and chapter and gives his political support to the republican party. He served as enrolling officer during the Civil war and has been three times county supervisor. He was a man whose high moral character, public spirit and industry have placed him in high standing in the community, and he was acknowledged to be a substantial and representative citizen.