Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
CLYDE B. MACK. A representative of an excellent old Greene county family and a successful young, merchant of Springfield is Clyde B. Mack. He is a man who would win his way in any locality in which fate might place him, for he has sound judgment, coupled with great energy and business tact, together with upright principles, all of which make for success wherever and whenever they are rightly and persistently applied. He possesses many of the sturdy traits of his father who was long a prominent and highly esteemed citizen here.
Mr. Mack was born on December 27, 1872, in Greene county, Missouri. He is a son of Marshall H. and Lucy (Herndon) Mack. The father was born in Maury county, Tennessee, May 4, 1831, and the mother was born in Virginia, April 18, 1837. They were brought by their parents from their respective localities in the South to Greene county, Missouri, in pioneer days and here they grew to maturity, were educated and married. John A. Mack, the paternal grandfather, was born in Maury county, Tennessee, married a native of that locality. It was in 1853 that they removed with their family to Greene county, Missouri, and here he became a prominent man, was influential in public affairs and at one time was elected probate judge. He was a great student of law. Here he and his wife spent the rest of their lives. Their son, Marshall H. Mack, father of our subject, was twenty-two years of age when he came to this county. He had grown to manhood in his native state and there attended the common schools. He studied medicine and became a successful general practitioner after the Civil war. During that conflict he served as a member of the Home Guards. Politically, he was a Republican. At one time he was road commissioner in this county. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. After a successful career as physician his death occurred in Springfield, March 17, 1888. His widow survived many years, dying here on June 10, 1911, at an advanced age. Her father, William Herndon, was a native of Virginia, where he grew up, was educated and married. He removed to Kentucky when the mother of our subject was fourteen years old, and after remaining there a short time came on to Greene county, Missouri in 1853 and established the future home of the family.
Eleven children were born to Dr. Marshall H. Mack and wife, namely: Lina L. is deceased; Ali O. is living; Harriett and Z. I. are deceased; the next child died in infancy unnamed; Ausman is deceased; Louella and Minnie are living; Clyde B. of this sketch; Claude E. is living, and Clinton A. is the youngest.
Clyde B. Mack grew to manhood in Springfield and here he received his education in the public schools. He first went into the grocery business as a clerk, later worked for the Wells-Fargo Express Company in Springfield for a period of eleven years, giving a high degree of satisfaction. In December, 1908, he went into business for himself at 1223 Boonville street, his place being known as the "Cash Grocery," and he was successful from the first. His present location is 1150 Boonville street, where he has a large and attractive store and carries at all seasons an extensive stock of fancy and staple groceries, and, having always dealt courteously and honestly with his many customers has enjoyed all the while a constantly growing trade.
Mr. Mack was married in Springfield on July 25, 1892, to Flora Portser, a daughter of L. F. and Jennie (Guthrie) Portser, both natives of Pennsylvania, from which state they finally came to Springfield, Missouri, and established their future home. The father is now deceased, but the mother is still living here.
One son has been born to our subject and wife, Clyde Ivan Mack, whose birth occurred July 8, 1893; he is attending school.
Politically, Mr. Mack is a Republican. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and is a member of Cumberland Presbyterian church.
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