Dr. Sibree Clarke was born on the 2nd of July, 1833 in Coventry, England. He was the 5th of 9 Children born to the Rev. William Clarke and the former Mary Anne Fletcher. His father was an Anglican Minister and his siblings were; William Fletcher Clarke, John Fitzgerald Clarke, Mary Ann Clarke, Eliza Clarke, Philip Henry Clarke, Maria C. Clarke, Martha Clarke and Fanny Whitmore Clarke. Dr. Sibree Clarke’s family immigrated from England in 1837. According to the 1851 census, the Clarke family was living in Simcoe (Norfolk County) and Dr. Clarke’s occupation was listed as an engineer.
Dr. Clarke married Isabella Miller on the 12th of October, 1859 in Dresden. They were married by his father, and his brother Phillip Clarke was married to Isabella Miller’s sister Charlotte at the same ceremony. Mrs. Clarke was born in 1836 in Scotland, the daughter of James and Jane Miller.
Dr. and Mrs. Clarke had 8 children all born in Dresden; Fanny Belle Clarke (born 29 September of 1860), John Sibree Clarke (born 06 September, 1863), Catherine Marie Clarke (born in 1865), Gertrude Clarke (born in 1867), William (born in 1869) , Maud Clarke (born on the 14th of October, 1873), Mable Clarke (born on the 25th of September, 1875) and Jane Clarke (born 20 May, 1879 and died 14 months later from pneumonia).
Dr. Clarke was listed in the 1869 Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory. It states that Dr. Clarke is an M.D. and a druggist. The 1870 Sutherland’s Gazetteer Business Directory, reflects Dr. Sibree Clarke was an M.D., a telegraph agent and he sold medicines. According to the 1892 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Clarke joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 4th of July, 1877. In the 1880 Kent Directory, it states that he was a physician and his office and residence were located on Metcalfe Avenue in Dresden.
Dr. Clarke was initiated into the Masons on the 9th of January, 1871. He belonged to the Sydenham Lodge No. 255 in Dresden. Dr. Clarke sat on the Dresden Town Council in 1873.
In the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Clarke is noted as being in practice prior to the 1st of January, 1850 and he was certified by The Homeopathic Members of Council.
In 1883, Dr. Clarke and his family moved to New Westminster, British Columbia. There he opened a drug store with his partner S. D. Curtis. In 1885 he moved to Kamloops, British Columbia and opened a pharmacy. Dr. Clarke was appointed as a coroner on the 4th of August, 1886. The 1890 Henderson’s Gazetteer and Directory recognized Dr. Clarke as being a physician and surgeon in Kamloops. Dr. Clarke became the first mayor of Kamloops in 1893 and he served for 6 months. That same year he was elected Grand Master of the British Columbia Masons and served until 1894. Dr. Clarke was also a member of the I.O.O.F. and he was the Grand Master of the B.C. Masons from 1893 until 1894.
In 1907, at the age of 75, he opened up a drug store in Lillooet, B.C. He followed up, with another drug store in Ashcroft B.C. (The Lillooet store burned down in 1917.) Dr. Clarke still served as a coroner and managed his drug store’s in Ashcroft and Kamloops.
Mrs. Clarke died in Salmon Arm, British Columbia on the 27th of July, 1912. Dr. Clarke died on the 8th of May 1919 in Kamloops. They are buried at the Pleasant Street Cemetery, (in Kamloops).
*His brother John Fitzgerald Clarke also became a physician. He died on the 19th of April, 1887 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The death record recorded his name, Dr. John Clarke and listed his profession as the Sheriff of Thunder Bay.