Ann Elizabeth Waldron Clark was born 31 August 1862 in Richville, Morgan County, Utah to Gillispie Waldron and Ann Dewhurst. Ann was the second of twelve children in her family. They grew up in a small house near the Weber River. She excelled in school and was able to attend the University of Deseret in 1885 were she was a diligent student. After finishing the school year Ann took a teaching position in Milton, Utah. During November of 1886 Ann received secret courting calls from Charles R. Clark a teacher at the University of Deseret. After three weeks of secret meetings Ann agreed, with the approval of her parents, to become Charles’ second wife. Polygamy was at this point illegal in the US so their relationship was kept a secret. On 24 November 1886 Ann and Charles were married in the Logan Temple. Ann returned to her home and taught another season of school until 26 May 1887 when she entered into exile. For a time she lived with the family of Charles’ first wife in Centerville, Utah and then with Charles’ family in Farmington, Utah. It was in this place Ann gave birth to her first child, Wallace Rich Clark, on 5 October 1887. Ann continued to live with the Clark family though her ties to her husband, Charles Clark, were never made known to anyone but his parents. Ann learned to weave and make preserves and she was a great help with the housework. She later had four more children under that roof, however the last two, twins, were small from birth and the youngest a boy passed away a month later. Ann and her children then moved to Morgan, Utah were they built a nice house and her family continued to increase with a total of seven children. They worked the land to support themselves, and struggled through the hard years during World War II when “everything was in short supply” and the influenza epidemic, which took the life of one of Ann’s children. During the latter part of her life Ann moved to Logan, Utah and spent her days in the service of others traveling from one part of the state to the other to administer to sick members of her family. Ann was known as a woman who loved her God and was an example to all with her unwavering faith. She served diligently as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and one of her joys in life was attending church meetings and listening to words of apostles, Prophets, and other leaders. Ann Clark passed away on 22 September 1936 in Logan, Utah.
This manuscript is one hundred and nineteen typewritten pages long. It is a photocopy of a book compiled by her grandchildren Beryl and Al Luebke who transcribed Ann Clarks personal diary to create this typed and bound book. Ann starts her journal by recounting her childhood years from memory going through her education and courtship to her current situation living with her husband’s parents in exile. She writes her journal in a story like fashion with lengthy entries spanning large amounts of time. At the point where she moves out of her parents-in-law’s house to Morgan, Utah (about three fourths of the way through the manuscript) her entries become shorter and more spread apart. Large amounts of time pass without an entry. Multiple times Ann writes an apology for not recording in her journal for these extended amounts of time and will give a very brief summary of the major events that have occurred during the gap. Because of these reflective entries some events are told multiple times and out of their chronological order. However, the manuscript is easily read and very coherent thanks to her excellent writing skills, giving a beautiful and detailed account of Ann’s life.