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Louis Semple Clarke Collection



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Before 1989, photographic documentation of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club was rare. What wasn't known for over a century was that a young member of the Club was taking photographs of life at at Lake Conemaugh with his own home-made camera. The photographer, Louis Semple Clarke, was the son of Charles Clarke, one of the Club's founding members, and was a gifted photographer and inventor in his own right. The photographs and negatives were "discovered" by his granddaughter, Mrs.
Virginia Anthony Soule, who then shared them with the National Park Service and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association.

Louis Clarke was probably the last man to join the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, as his membership stock certificate is dated April of 1889.
He was also the Club's last surviving member. Thankfully, his camera helped preserve a way of life at this beautiful lake in the Allegheny Mountains.

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