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William Stephens Clark (1839–1925) by William Strang, 1912 Clarks International

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Clark, William Stephens (1839–1925), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 22 February 1839 at Street in Somerset, the third of fourteen children of James C. Clark (1811–1906), rug and shoe manufacturer of Street, and Eleanor, née Stephens (1812–1879), of Bridport. He was educated at ...

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Colman, Cecil (1878–1954), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 30 May 1878 in Bournemouth, one of nine children of the Revd Robert Colman, Baptist minister, and his wife, Sophia (née Allen). His father was the son of a partner in the mustard firm of ...

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Sears, John George (1870–1916), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 6 February 1870 in Northampton, the eldest child of James Sears, leather seller and shoe manufacturer, and Amelia (née Cushion), both of Northampton. After attending a local elementary school Sears was apprenticed in the shoe trade, working for the ...