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Updike, Clarence D. - who is engaged in a general merchandising business at Dow, is one of the reliable men of Jersey County. He was born at Jersey County, Ill., August 14, 1882, a son of Charles H. and Addie A. (Darlington) Updike, the former of whom was born in New Jersey, and the latter in Jersey County. Charles H. Updike was brought to Jersey County from New Jersey by his parents when he was three years old, and has lived here ever since.
Clarence D. Updike attended the schools of his district until he was fifteen years old, and then took the high school course at Jerseyville, following it with a commercial course in bookkeeping in the International School of Correspondence. In order to prepare himself for intelligent cultivation of the soil, he took a three months' course in agriculture at Columbia, Mo. Returning then to Jersey County, he began making practical use of this knowledge. Still later, he went to Delhi, Ill., and embarked in a general merchandise business buy had the misfortune to lose his stock by fire on February 17, 1910. Once more he began farming and was so engaged for two years, when he went to Dow and established his present business, which he has built up to gratifying proportions.
On June 14, 1906, Mr. Updike was married to Miss Edith M. White, born in Jersey County, November 4, 1884, her parents also being natives of Jersey County. Mr. and Mrs. Updike have the following children: Verna L., who was born March 26, 1907; Alice Leah, who was born November 15, 1910; and Clarence Eugene, who was born October 13, 1917. Mr. Updike belongs to the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America, and Mrs. Updike belongs to the Eastern Star.
Source: History of Jersey County Illinois, 1919
Edited by Oscar Hamilton
President Jersey County Historical Society, 1919
(Actual Book Pages 497 - 664)(PDF Pages 632 - 799)