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July 28th, 2010
Cecil Clark is subject of new 'Voices of Hays County'

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Left to right: Wayne and Cecil Clark in front of Clark’s Grocery in Buda in 1954.

STAFF REPORT

The latest oral history documentary from the Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC) features Cecil Clark, a Buda area resident for almost a century.

A screening of the documentary will take place in the Kunkel Room at Buda Elementary School, 300 San Marcos Street, Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Cecil Clark was born in Goforth, just east of Buda, in 1912. Along with his three brothers and three sisters, Clark spent his youth helping his father on the family farm, where they raised cotton, cane and corn.

In 1936, Clark married Wayne P. Foster. The couple celebrated 71 anniversaries until Wayne’s death in 2007. Their two children, Cecil Allen and Bobbie Joan, are residents of Buda.

Clark’s oral history is full of stories spanning his ten decades in the area. He tells how he learned to plow with mules when he was young, and of his days working with the fire department during World War II at Camp Swift in Austin. He was a store owner in Buda for many years, and talks of his experiences at Clark’s Grocery.

Clark has also spent many years as a caretaker for both the Live Oak Cemetery, across the county line in Travis County, and at the Martin Church Cemetery at the old Goforth community. His dedicated care of the cemeteries is one of the reasons visitors are often impressed by the beautifully tended grounds.

Jim Cullen, an HCHC member, interviewed Clark for the documentary. It was filmed by HCHC’s Richard Kidd with sound recording provided by Bonnie Eissler.

The “Voices of Hays County” series of documentaries are available for viewing on the HCHC website at www.hayshistoricalcommission.com.  Copies of the DVDs also are available for purchase on the HCHC website.

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Clark standing at gate of the Martin Church Cemetery in the old Goforth community near Buda.


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