Disappearance of F. Lewis Clark

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Lewis Clark
Francis Lewis Clark

June 21, 1861
DisappearedJanuary 16, 1914 (aged 52)
StatusMissing for 105 years, 1 month and 24 days
Spouse(s)Winifred Clark

Francis Lewis Clark (born June 21, 1861, in Bangor, Maine - 1914?) was a prominent American industrialist. He disappeared on a business trip to Santa Barbara, California.[1]


In 1884 F. Lewis Clark established the C.&O. Mill and Elevator, the largest flouring mill in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Clark was a founder of the America's Cup race, and sold the land and carried the contract for Louis Davenport to build his famed Davenport Hotel.

In 1898 Lewis Clark and his wife Winifred Clark retained the services of noted architect Kirtland Cutter to design a mansion on 7th Avenue in Spokane, Washington. This 14,400-square-foot (1,340 m2) mansion is currently used for offices, and retains its natural woodwork and original features. In 1910 Clark constructed a second mansion on Hayden Lake, Idaho, as a summer home. The "Honeysuckle Lodge" was the most expensive home in Idaho at the time. This home currently is a country inn known as The Clark House. The house was designed by George Canning Wales of Boston.[2]

On May 10, 1904, Clark was a defendant in the case of "Chemung Mining Co vs Hanley."[3]

In 1906, Clark was vice-president of Spokane's Inland Railway Island Co.[4]


Article in the New York Times, 18 January 1914, regarding the disappearance

On January 16, 1914, F. Lewis Clark, his chauffeur and valet drove Winifred Clark to the train station. The train was scheduled to depart at 11:30 p.m. Lewis Clark kissed his wife goodbye, left the train and walked to the limousine. He dismissed his chauffeur and valet and walked into the night. Clark mysteriously disappeared and was never heard from again. According to a New York Times article from two days later, he was 'believed by police to have committed suicide by jumping from a pier' in Santa Barbara, and his hat had been found in the water. However, his body was never found.[5] Winifred tried to manage the estate but by 1922 she was forced to sell all of her possessions.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "F. Lewis Clark Genealogy".
  2. ^ Honeysuckle Lodge by Jeri Mccroskey
  3. ^ The Pacific Reporter. West Publishing Company. 1905. pp. 619–.
  4. ^ Frederic Nicholas (1906). McGraw Electric Railway Manual: The Red Book of American Street Railways Investments ... McGraw Publishing Company. pp. 406–.
  5. ^ F. LEWIS CLARK MISSING. - Yachtsman's Hat Found in Ocean - Suicide, Theory of the Police. - Front Page - NYTimes.com
  6. ^ "Clarkhouse History".

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