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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

The search continued for Spokane millionaire F. Lewis Clark, who had been missing for several days on the Santa Barbara waterfront.

So far, only his hat had been found, bobbing up on a beach. Police believed Clark committed suicide by leaping off a wharf. However, his wife believed that her husband “will be found, if not well, at least alive.”

She worded it that way because Clark had been in poor health for some time, and the couple had gone to California for his health. The illness was not specified, but it was reported that he was getting weaker and had lost a lot of weight.

He was last seen bidding his wife goodbye at the Santa Barbara train depot.

“When I took my husband’s hand to say goodbye, I noted that it was very cold,” said his wife. “I then expressed a fear that he was not well and offered to give up the trip to the city and remain with him in Santa Barbara. He laughed at the idea of being ill and insisted that I take the train.”

Then he told his valet that he wanted to walk back to the hotel from the train station. That was the last time anyone saw him. The wharf was not far from the train station.

A reward of $200 was offered for anyone finding the body. Thousands of people combed the nearby beaches.

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