519. Lalla Rookh Rutledge
was born on 26 Mar 1894 in Sherwood, Irion County, Texas. She died on 19
Apr 1980 in Tom Green County, Texas.(84)
She was buried in Mertzon Cemetery, Irion County, Texas.
From "A History of Irion County, Texas", Irion County Historical Society,
Anchor Publishing Co., 221 N. Main, San Angelo, 1978, page 276:
Henry Willis and Rookh [Rutledge] Clark
Henry Willis Clark was born March 23, 1894, in Erath County, Texas, the son of
William Franklin and Lodusky (Gillentine) Clark. He was a grandson of Henry Clark,
who was born in Hunt County, Texas, and served as a Texas Ranger. His maternal
grandfather was William Gillentine. He and two uncles were killed in the Dove
Creek Indian fight here in what is Irion County now.
Henry W. moved to Schleicher County in 1900 with his parents. His father bought
ranchland in that county and some in Irion County. He grew up on ranches learning
the ranch business well.
On January 14, 1914, he married Lalla Rookh Rutledge in San Angelo. They eloped,
cutting the phone line so their parents couldn't be notified. There were two
children born to this union. Henry Willis, Jr. was born March 18, 1918. Mary
Frances was born April 22, 1922.
Henry W. worked in Sherwood Mercantile Store, worked for Fayette Tankersley,
and was a carpenter in Best, Texas before buying a ranch in the Arden community.
He leased ranches in Schleicher and Irion County.
Lalla Rookh was the daughter of Tol and Irene (Hamblin) Rutledge. She was born
March 26, 1894, in Sherwood, Texas. Her grandfather, W. P. Rutledge, was a native
Texan, also serving under Sam Houston, as captain during the Mexican War.
She grew up on ranches belonging to her father, was known as being one of the
best horse women of her time and her son-in-law said he had rather round-up a
pasture with her help than any cowboy he had ever ridden with.
They built a home on their Arden ranch in 1937. There they lived until 1942.
They sold the Arden ranch and bought a ranch from W.E. Newton eight miles northeast
of Mertzon. Remodeling and rocking that house they lived there until Henry's
health forced his retirement. Then they built a home in Mertzon and moved there
in 1952. Retirement was difficult for Henry. Town life wasn't easy for either
Henry, Sr., died November 15, 1964.
Mama Rookh as she is known to all, is living in the Mertzon home today.
There are three grandchildren: Jean Clark McClutchin, Robert Craig Clark, and
Jon Henry Parks. There are six great grandchildren.
Mary Frances Parks
From the San Angelo Newspaper, April 21, 1980:
MERTZON - Mrs. Henry "Rookh" Clark Sr., 86, of Mertzon, died at 1 a.m.
Saturday in the Shannon Hospital.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the First Christian Church in Mertzon,
with the Rev. Richard Mahler of San Angelo officiating.
She was married to Henry Willis Clark (son of William
Franklin Clark and Lodusky Gillentine) on 14 Jan 1914 in
Tom Green County, Texas.(827)
Henry Willis Clark was born on 23 Mar 1894 in Cisco, Eastland County,
Texas.(165) He appeared on the census
on 29 Jan 1920 in JP #4, Tom Green County, Texas.
(828) He died on 15 Nov 1962 in Mertzon, Irion County, Texas.
(84) He was buried in Mertzon Cemetery, Irion
County, Texas. Henry W. Clark worked in Sherwood Mercantile store, worked for
Fayette Tankersley, and was a carpenter in Best Texas before buying a ranch in
the Arden community. He leased ranches in Schleicher and Irion County.
Henry and Lalla eloped after cutting the phone line so their parents couldn't
be notified. Lalla Rookh grew up on ranches belonging to her father, and was
known as being one of the best horse women of her time. ,
They built a home on their Arden ranch and bought a ranch from W. E. Newton
eight miles northeast of Mertzon. They lived there until Henry's health forced
Lalla Rookh Rutledge and Henry Willis Clark had the following children:
Henry Willis Clark Jr..
Mary Frances Clark.