one hundred year history of the Clark Grave Vault Company reflects
1920: A group portrait of Clark
Clark invented the first air-seal, diving-bell, burglar proof
vault in 1898 in Columbus, Ohio.
history of 20th century America.
It is a legacy of innovation and invention, of perseverance
during depression and war, and of reaction to social change.
Join us as we take a brief look back at our first one hundred
The Dawn of the 20th Century: A Time
for Industry and Invention.
The era of Edison and Bell was
also the time when the despicable and decidedly goulish crime
of grave robbery was common in America.
Reacting to this troubling trend in an environment of unprecedented
The vault was revolutionary; not only providing
a barrier to thieves, but also took advantage of nature's perfect
seal to keep moisture away from the the casket.
In 1917, America entered World
War I. That same year, Allen F. Beck purchased the Clark Grave
Vault Company from the estate of Hugh
and kept the Clark name
in tribute to its inventor.
1920's: Overhead track system
moves vault through Clark Plant.
Clark. Beck had learned the
grave vault business when he joined the company earlier in the