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Articles & Local History > 1966 -Clark Lane Celebrates 90th Birthday

Transcribed by Denise McLoughlin

From the Tampico Tornado
Thursday, May 19, 1966

Helping get those crops in is Clark LANE, who works with his son on the Paul LANE farm, a remarkable man nearing his 90th birthday anniversary.

W. C. (Clark) LANE, Prophetstown will be 90 years old Saturday, May 28 and will be honored at an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the home of his grand daughter, Mrs. Audrey CURRY, in the Leon neighborhood.

All friends and relatives are invited, but it is requested that gifts be omitted.

Host and hostesses at the open house will be the honoree's son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and and Mrs. Paul LANE, and their daughters, Mrs. Jerald REBERT and Mrs. CURRY.

Mrs. Ralph ESHELBARGER and Mrs. Raymond SPATH will pour coffee and punch. Mrs. Ida KOEHLER and Mrs. Myrle PIERSON will assist in the kitchen.

As he rounds out the ninth full decade of a busy life, Mr. LANE is working each week day on the 147-are Paul LANE farm at Leon. He drives a tractor and generally puts in a 9-hour day.

It is notable there is little excess weight on his five foot four inch bodily frame. He weighs about 125 pounds and continues able to enjoy most foods. Living alone in Prophetstown, he prepares most of his own meals. "I can cook a good one," he said.

This week he was looking forward to obtaining renewal of his drivers license after taking the necessary test.

Of German, Irish and Scotch descent, Mr. LANE was born May 28, 1876 at Leon, the son of the late William and Elizabeth LANE, pioneer settlers of Yorktown. He was educated in the old first Leon school, a drafty frame structure heated by a wood stove.

He was married to the former Fanny May FEE, Prophetstown, on his 27th birthday in 1903. She passed away in 1957. Paul LANE is their only son.

Clark LANE was a member of a family of eight, including a brother Frank and four sisters, Mrs. Mary NAFZGER and three who are deceased, Miss Ida LANE, Mrs. Grace WOOLUMS nd Mrs. Nellie WHITCOMB. He has two granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. LANE is a member of First Methodist church, here, Prophetstown lodge of Masons, Minerva chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, and the Sons of Union Verans. He is a 32nd degree Mason.

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