People throughout the state talked to Dr. Clark for he talked to everyone he met. He picked up bits and pieces from conversations with a wide variety of people.
There is a famous story told of Dr. Clark and an associate traveling through out Eastern Kentucky, and stopping for lunch at a small restaurant. As the gentleman went up to pay he lost site of Dr. Clark. Thinking he had gone to the restroom or on out to the car, he at first thought nothing about it. But soon he couldn’t find Dr. Clark anywhere and began to become alarmed for Dr. Clark was in his nineties. He could just picture the headlines if something happened to Dr. Clark on his watch. When he finally found Dr. Clark, he was off in a corner discussing pocket knives and their merits with two local gentlemen. Everywhere he went Dr. Clark would engage in conversation with the locals. His study of the old southern country store resulted in the acclaimed book : Pills, Petticoats and Plows
Another knack that Dr. Clark had was telling a person where they were from by their sir name. I heard him do this at a book signing and it was amazing. He asked the woman in front of me her name and then proceeded to talk about her family from Estill County. He always claimed that the real story of Kentucky came from it’s people.
This was the kind of person Dr. Clark was. He was a hands on historian. He traveled the back roads of Kentucky sitting on front porches and porch swings gathering information.