FOSTER CLARK'S

1891 to1965

Harriett Clara Clark

/ /1865 to / /


Harriett Clark married George Fox Whibley in 1898. They had met when he worked under her in the offices of Foster Clark's for 15 months from 1895.

George died in 1916 and Harriett married Mr G W Stonestreet whom she had known since her family moved to the town.

Harriett took up welfare work at the factory after George's death.

Harriett Clark appears to have worked in the offices until her marriage after which time it would probably not have been appropriate for her to continue to do so. She was there from the very start of the business and probably took on the administration role while her brothers produced and sold the products. Her not working for the company did not stop her doing a great deal of voluntary work with those conected to the factory and the unemployed of the town who needed her help.

Her knowledge was clearly but to good use with her appearance on committees for The Kings Street Congregational Church, the local Employment Committe and the National British Women's Temperance Association.

She had 3 children, Nora, Ruth and Harold.


 

Letter from Harold Whibley to Annette Whibley March 1980

George Fox Whibley (father)
As far as I know all my father's employments were of a clerical nature. I enclose a copy of a record he kept. As you will see he was very much a rolling stone until he married in 1898.
In 1895 he was employed in the office of my uncle's business (Foster Clark's) where he must have worked under my mother who was then in charge of the office. After 15 months he left and went to Youngmans Corn Merchants, where he stayed until he became ill and died in 1916.

You may be interested in the enclosed sample from my father's cash book. It covers the period when my grandmother died. You will see that his weekly wage was £2 17s 6d Of this he allowed his mother 10s, his sisteer who looked after her (Mary) 2s 6d while my mother's housekeeping allowance was 28s, leaving him 17s for his other expenses. In addition my mother had a few investments, the dividends of which supplemented the income to a degree.


LOSS TO KING STREET
CHURCH


Death Of Mrs. Stonestreet


Mrs. Harriett Clara Stonestreet, of Shankling-
burn, Loose, who died on Tuesday, was a mem-
ber of the Clark family and was associated
with the inception of the firm of Messrs.
Foster Clark, Ltd.
She was born at Ramsgate in 1865, and
her family came to
Maidstone seven years
later.
When the business started she took
active part in building
it up from its
beginning until her
marriage to Mr. G.F.
Whibley in 1898. He
died in 1916, there being
one 'son and two
daughters of the marriage.
After her husband's
death she tool, up welIfare work at Messrs.
Foster Clark's works
which she continued
until her last illness, a
maintaining a lasting
interest in the workers
of the factory.
In February, 1931, Mrs. Whibley married Mr.

G. W. Stonestreet, whom she had known when
her family first came to the town.
Mrs. Stonestreet was a devoted worker for
the King Street Congrigational Church. Her
activities included membership of the Finance
Committee. and the vice-presidency of the
Ladies' Committee. She also served on the
local Employment Committee and Women's
Sub-Committee. and was instrumental in start-
ing temperance work among the drovers at
Maidstone FaIr for the National British
Women's Temperance Association. She was
treasurer of their hut at the Fairground.
The funeral will be on Monday, when there
will be a service at King Street Congregational
Church before the cremation at GoldersGreen.
Instead of flowers nothing would have pleased
her more than that tributes to her memory
should take the form of help to the Maidstone
Unemployed Centre.

 


FUNERAL OF MRS. H. S.-
STONESTREET


Minister's Tribute At
Maidstone Service

The funeral of Mrs. Harriett Clara Stone..
street, of Chanctonbury. Loose, whose death was recorded in last Saturday's "Kent Messenger."
took place on Monday.
There were many
evidences of sympathy
and esteem lat
the service at King St.
Church, conducted by
the Rev. H. E. Heywood.
The crowded congregation
included
numerous members of
the church and employees
ot Messrs.
Foster Clark, Ltd., in
whose welfare Mrs.
Stonestreet always'
took a deep interest.
Before the service
Mr.. H. Pearce, at the
organ, played" I
waited for the Lord"
(Mendelssohn);
" Aberystwlth" (Huton
Stuart's arrangement);
"I know that
my Redeemer liveth,"

The hymns were "Love Divine. all love ex-
ceIling" and "The King Of Love my Shepherd
is.," the service closing with Handel's" Largo."
as an organ voluntary. by special request.
In the course of an address, the Rev. H. E.
Heywood said what they owed. to such a
tender-hearted woman they would never know
until the revealing light of eternity dawned.
They cherished her memory as a most
treasured Possession.

AN ABIDING MEMORIAL


He would not attempt to enumerate all the
public services and personal benefactions of
h . Mrs. Stonestreet; that large assembly was sufficient
testimony to all that she was and to
the vacancy that her home going had left in
so many lives. Her visitation to the sick and
Her welfare work were an abiding memorial
amongst them.
That work was never done as a mere duty
or routine, but as a Christ-like thing; people
loved to see her coming. Their presence there
was a great tribute that her visits were a
pleasure and a benediction.
To the starting of the Unemployment Centre
he believed she gave a substantial donation.
At that church, with such long association. - how greatly she was loved for her many and
varied actions. Of her home life he only knew that it beautifully corresponded with the life
she showed to them at King Street.


THE MOURNERS


The immediate mourners were: Mr. G. W.
Stonestreat (husband), Mr. Harold Whibley
(son), Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Goodwin (daughter
and son-in-law), Mrs. Norah Hughes
(daughter) Mr. and Mrs. W. Barton Clark
(brother and sister-in-law), Mr. and :Mrs. W.
Carpenter (sister and brother-in-law), Miss
Clark (sister), Miss Mary Clark (sister), Mr
and Mrs. Harry Clark (brother and sister-in.
law), Mr. Laurence Clark and Mr. Victor Whib-
ley (nephews), Miss Edith Whibley, Mrs. Leslie
Sennett and Miss Joan Foster Clark (nieces)
Mr. Hugo Paffard and Mrs. Pafford (niece)
Mr. Charles Whibley (brother-in-law). Mrs. C.
Belchamber, Mr. Edward Clark, Mr. Benjamin
Clark and Mr. Charles Clark (cousins), Miss
Enid Stonestreet and Miss Betty Stonestreet
(step-daughters) .
Mr. and Miss L. Holman. Mr. and Mrs. C.
Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Carpenter, Miss
Jean Brading, Miss F. Whitefield, Councilor
and Mrs. C. Gordonl Larking and Mrs. Breedwell
(friends).
Miss Violet Judge, Miss Rose Judge, Mr.
Bourne, Mr. Court Mrs. Collins and Mrs.
Tebbutt (staff). ' .
Amongst others present were: Alderman and
Mr's. Wm. Day, Mr. and Mrs.W. H. Day,
Mr. G.Day, Counc1ilor J. B. Beaufoy. the
Rev. and Mrs. A. M. Bnry, Major and Mrs.
D. Thomas, Dr.C. Pye Oliver, jun., Mr.
. and Mrs. Percy H. King, Mr. and Mrs. J.
McClure, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Cox, the Misses , Cox.
Mrs. E. R. Martin, Miss Wells, Mr. and Mrs. , T. Francis, Mr. W. Stirling, Mr. A. T. Goodwin,
Mrs. Stevens (Sutton Valence), Mrs. F.
W. Dutnall, Mrs.J. Patterson, W. Loveland,
A. W. Wright and C.Tovey. ,
Following the service Cremation took place
at Golders Green, where a short service was
conducted by the Rev. L. T. Towers, formely
minister of King Street Church.

By request there were no flowers but a beautiful cross of roses lay on the coffin

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr James T Pickard, Lower Stone Street, Maidstone.

 

 

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