Clayton Mark and Company

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A Clayton Mark yard hydrant, Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan

Clayton Mark and Company was a manufacturer of steel pipe and water well supplies located in Evanston, Illinois.[1]


Clayton Mark founded Clayton Mark and Company in 1900 in Evanston to manufacture wrought steel pipe and water well supplies.[2] Clayton Mark, along with his four sons Clarence Mark, Clayton Mark, Cyrus Mark, and Griffith Mark held various positions in the firm and made it a driver of Evanston's economy.[3] It was the single largest employer in the city, with overall sales exceeding $10,000,000 a year.[3] Clayton Mark products were sold throughout the United States and many countries worldwide.[3] For example, Mark's forged steel unions (high pressure fittings) were used in oil wells from Texas to Arabia.[3] The steel tubing manufactured at Clayton Mark and Company was used in the making of furniture, automobiles, and bicycles whose market was worldwide.[3] Mark conduit was used in house construction for the conduction of electrical wiring.[3] The firm's water well systems, supplies, and devices were used for pumping water out of the ground in rural districts around the globe.[3]

Clayton Mark also co-founded with his father Cyrus the Mark Manufacturing Company in Northwest Indiana. In addition, he founded Marktown, a planned worker community to house its employees in East Chicago, Indiana.[4] "[5]


  1. ^ Smith, S.H.; Mark,S (2011).
  2. ^ "Clayton Mark Firm is Leader in Industry". Evanstonian Review. 26 July 1945.'
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Clayton Mark Products Used Throughout the World". Evanstonian Review 1953-05-07.
  4. ^ Smith,S.H.; Mark, S (2011). South Shore Journal 4'
  5. ^ "Marktown Historic District".[permanent dead link] 14 November 2011.