Disappearance of F. Lewis Clark

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F. Lewis Clark (born June 21, 1861, in Bangor, Maine - 1914?) was a prominent American industrialist who established the largest flouring mill in the Pacific Northwest, and was a founder of the America's Cup race. He disappeared on a business trip to Santa Barbara, California.

Career and disappearance[edit]

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

In 1898 Mr. and Mrs. 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 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. [1]

On May 10, 1904, Clark was a defendant in the case of "Chemung Mining Co vs Hanley."[2]

In 1906, Clark was vice-president of Spokane's Inland Railway Island Co.[3]

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

In 1914 Clark left on a business trip to Santa Barbara, California, mysteriously disappeared and was never heard from again. According to a New York Times article from January 18, 1914, 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.[4] His wife tried to manage the estate but by 1922 she was forced to sell all of her possessions.

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