North Star Township Biography
Source: BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS OF GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN published by J. B. BEERS & CO., Chicago, 1906
CLARK VEDDER, a veteran of the Civil war, who owns a farm of eighty acres in Section 28, North Star township, is one of the representative agriculturists of Gratiot county, Michigan. He is of German extraction, his paternal grandfather being Aaron Vedder of New York State. He was born April 2, 1844, in Dover township, Lenawee county, son of Harmon and Anna (Bordine) Vedder, natives of New York, both of whom died in Dover township, the father in 1885, aged seventy-nine and the mother in 1889, at the age of eighty years. Thirteen children were born of their marriage, viz.; Cordelia, widow of David Cross, of Pontiac, Michigan; Aaron, deceased; Sophronia, deceased, who married John Bryant; Clark; Ransom, a resident of Adrian, Michigan; Eliza A., deceased, Mrs. Charles Rehms; Mary, wife of John Doig, of Pontiac, Michigan; Electa, Mrs. Wellington Deline, of Lenawee, Michigan; Jennie, who married Burr Deline, of Lenawee, Michigan; Charles, of Adrian, Michigan; and three who died in infancy.
Clark Vedder was reared to manhood on his father's farm in Dover township. He was united in marriage January 20, 1867, with Sarah Deline, born January 11, 1848, in Dover township, daughter of Abraham and Millie (Balch) Deline, and to this union were born six children: Nettie, wife of W. H. Bovee, who is mentioned elsewhere; Jesse, of North Star township, Carrie B., wife of Robert Crandell, of North Star township; Dora, wife of George Jessup, of Newark township; Millie, wife of Warren Dillsworth, of North Star township; and Harmon, living at home.
Mr. Vedder enlisted August 11, 1862, in Company I, Eighteenth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, in which he served faithfully for two years and ten months. He took part in the engagements at Athens, Alabama, and Decatur, Alabama, his regiment being on provost duty much of the time.
Clark Vedder engaged in agricultural pursuits at an early age and has been a lifelong and successful farmer. After his marriage he pursued his chosen calling in Dover township, later removing to Hillsdale county, Michigan, where he remained two years, and from that time until he located in Gratiot county in 1876, farmed in Lenawee county. On settling in Gratiot county he bought fifty acres of land in Section 28, North Star township, which he greatly improved, and which by various additions has been increased to eighty acres of fine farm land. On this tract he has erected a modern commodious brick residence, with convenient up-to-date out-buildings. He is a careful business man, manages his affairs judiciously, is possessed of tireless energy, and is, moreover, exceedingly popular. Mr. Vedder is a stanch advocate of any measure that is beneficial to the community, and takes a great interest in township and county affairs.