William Glassford Grave & Lloyd Clark


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In this photo, Lloyd Clark is shown at the San Francisco, California grave of Colonel William A. Glassford, for whom Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley, Arizona is named.

William Glassford was a Lieutenant in the Signal Corps who was sent to Fort Whipple during the Indian Wars in Arizona in the late 1860s.  He was an expert in the use of the newly developed Heliograph, and used it to send messages to surrounding troops from the top of a large hill East of the Fort regarding hostile Indian movements.  Later, this hill (now in Prescott Valley) was named Glassford Hill in his honor.

Glassford later served in the Spanish-American War as Major and Lieutenant-Colonel of Volunteers.  He died in 1931 and is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery.

Lloyd Clayton Clark (b.1923 - d.2014) was born in Belton, Texas on August 4, 1923/died November 14, 2014 in Surprise, Arizona. He married Jean Reeves in Prescott, Arizona on June 17, 1950. They had three children: Roger Clark, Cynthia (Clark) Hotchkiss and Candyce (Clark) Eggen. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and retired as a colonel from the Army Reserve. Clark was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News and Phoenix Gazette. He later worked for northern Arizona and southeastern Arizona councils of government and Arizona Department of Transportation. He taught history at Rio Salado Community College and served as a board member for the Arizona Historical Society and Geographic and Historic Names. He founded the Council on Abandoned Military Posts in 1966. In 1984, he wrote about the 40th anniversary of an escape by German prisoners from Papago Park. He was also a columnist for the Daily News-Sun City. He published three collections of columns beginning with Here’s Looking at You in 1997.


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