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CLARK B. ALFORD, M. D.

In April, 1907, Dr. Clark B. Alford retired from the practice of medicine after having been continuously connected with professional interests of Huron since 1886, winning prominence and distinction in this field. He is now in the second term of his able service as surveyor general of South Dakota. He was born near Plattsburg, New York, May 7, 1839, a son of Reuel and Sylvia (Chase) Alford. He acquired his early education in the schools of Beckmantown and Plattsburg and when he was nearly eighteen years of age removed to Illinois. He studied medicine in the Louisville Medical College and after receiving his degree turned his attention to practice. In 1886 he came to South Dakota and located at Huron, where he has since resided. He soon built up a large and lucrative practice and became known as one of the leading physicians in the city and state, for he possesses a comprehensive and exact knowledge of the underlying principles of medicine, was capable and conscientious in the diagnosis of his cases and ever watchful over the interests of his patients. In 1907 Dr. Alford retired from the practice of medicine and on the 1st of January, 1908, by appointment by President Roosevelt assumed the duties of United States surveyor general for the district of South Dakota. He has since served in that capacity under reappointment by President Taft and has proven capable and efficient in the discharge of his responsible duties. On the 14th of March, 1866, Dr. Alford was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Carroll, of Morris, Illinois, she was born in Geauga County Ohio and they have two sons. The Doctor is a member of the Methodist church and is connected with the Masonic fraternity, of which he has been a member for the past forty-eight years, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter, commandeer and Shrine. He gives his political allegiance to the Republican Party and served for three terms as president and superintendent of the state board of health. He is widely and favorably known in Huron, where he has resided for over a quarter of a century.

Notes: Dr. Clark Baker Alford was an early Mayor of the City of Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota. His son Milton Carroll Alford was a well known jeweler in Huron, and his son Harvey Carroll Alford resided in St. Clair county Illinois. Dr. and Mrs. Alford had one grandchild. The first red squirrels in Huron were introduced by Dr. Alford and nurtured in his yard on Idaho Street. In 1920 on the advice of his colleagues, Dr. Alford moved to Los Angeles California with his Grandson. Dr. Alford died in Los Angeles CA in 1932 at the age of ninety three years. He rests alongside his wife in Huron South Dakota.

Clark B. Alford, M. D. Biography Reference page 176 "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. IV copyright 1915 with added notes from S.C. Alford. 2004

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Stacy McDonald