CHAZY — Hannah and Martha Carter claimed they were Dr. George Clark’s “biggest fans” on the back of a 1967 color photograph of the girls seated with the doctor.
This photograph is among the memorabilia that comprises “George Clark III, Country Doctor,” an exhibit opening at 3 p.m. today at the Alice T. Miner Museum in Chazy.
“Dr. Clark willed his home and its contents to the museum,” said Amanda Palmer, museum director. “We were first listed as the beneficiary of the whole collection he and his mother put together.
“He was born there and lived there his whole life except when he was in the Army, medical school and college. His family had the house for 100 years.”
Clark’s mother was the former Harriet McDowell of Mooers. His father, George Warren Clark II, was the postman in Chazy.
“His family was in Chazy 180 years,” Palmer said. “His great-great-grandfather bought a hotel in Chazy. His name was Henry. He had the Fillmore Hotel, right here on the main strip. He sold it to his son, Harry, who was a Civil War veteran and lost his leg in the war. Harry changed the name to Clark’s Hotel.”
Harry was the father of George W. Clark I, Dr. Clark’s grandfather, the last hotel proprietor.
“They had a separate house. George (II) and his siblings spent lots of time at the hotel. Dr. George’s dad was the postman locally for 32 years. His mother, Harriet, was schoolteacher. She taught all over.
“He had no siblings. He was one of very few kids in his generation. Both of his parents had a lot of siblings.
“He did not marry. He really loved his small town and wanted to come back here and served the community, and that’s what he did for 53 years.”