The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 2, 1999


Memories of a wedding past

Everyone knows the Clark farm on Concord Street, on the left as you head out of Carlisle on the way to Concord. This is the home of Guy and Dot Clark, where Guy raised herds of dairy cows from the early twenties until the mid-eighties.

April 2, 1999 marks the hundredth anniversary of the wedding of Guy's mother and father, Rena Carr and William Clark in a double ceremony with Rena's brother Alvah Carr and Annie Clunny. The wedding took place in Carlisle on Easter Sunday.

William Clark, who had been working at Captain Wilson's farm on South Street (now Assurance Technology Corp.) married Rena Carr, a popular Carlisle teacher who taught in the brick school on School Street, as well as the brick school house on Lowell Street (now headquarters for Great Brook Farm). After the wedding, the Clarks moved to the Concord Street farmhouse built by Leonard Spaulding in 1742, and farmed the sixty-two acres, sending fresh produce to the markets in Boston.

The following announcement appeared in a local newspaper at the time:


An unusual event, a double wedding, took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Carr, Easter Sunday at high noon. The contracting parties were Miss Rena M. Carr and William A. Clark, Alvah Carr and Miss Annie Cluney, all of Carlisle. The brides were dressed alike, in blue silk with white trimmings, and made a very pretty picture as they all stood with Rev. E. C. Abbott of the Unitarian church, officiating in the marriage ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Edson (Marion Carr), who were married New Year's, and went to Canada, returned last week Wednesday. It was a family gathering, with only the immediate friends present. Alvah Carr has hired his father's farm for a year, and Mr. & Mrs. Clark are occupying their new home, the Page place. Mrs. Clark has been a popular teacher, both in and out of town, and will be missed from the ranks.

The parting with a loved son, "absent in flesh but not in spirit," the birth of a grandchild, and the marriage of three children, in less than a year's time, has been the uncommon experience of Mr. and Mrs. Carr.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito