Berrien Clark Eaton

Berrien Clark Eaton
Berrien Eaton
Birth: Aug. 3, 1893 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death: Aug 13, 1978.
editor’s note: Although it’s not stated in this biography, Mr. Eaton followed in the footsteps of his ancestors as a vestryman at St. Paul’s.  He was instrumental in the installation of the flagpole standing on Woodward Avenue and for many years he organized the Canadian American Friendship Service and the Veteran’s Day Service.  Sadly he was killed in an automobile accident while driving home from church one day.

BERRIEN CLARK EATON, president of the Eaton Clark Company, manufacturers and importers of chemicals and dyestuffs and the most important concern of its kind in the state, is a representative of the third generation of the family to be at the head of this old and well known establishment, and occupies the same office where his grandfather and father preceded him, since 1849. Mr. Eaton was born in Detroit, August 3, 1893, a son of Theodore Horatio, (Jr.), and Eliza Walton (Clark) Eaton and grandson of Theodore H. Eaton who, in 1838, founded the business which was known until 1911 as Theo. H. Eaton & Son. Theodore Horatio Eaton was born in Schenectady, New York, January 16, 1842, and was just four months old when the family home was established in Detroit in May of that year. He died November 6, 1910. His children were: Theodore Horatio, Jr., who died in infancy; Margaret Montgomery, who was married April 17, 1920, to John Weeden Grout of New York city; and Berrien C., of this review.

Berrien C. Eaton attended the Detroit University School for three years, having remained a student there until 1905, after which he entered St. George’s School at Newport, Rhode Island, where he continued his studies for three years. In 1908 he entered the Lawrenceville School at Lawrenceville, New Jersey, from which he was graduated in 1911, and in the fall of that year he entered Williams College as a member of the class of 1915. With his return home Mr. Eaton became city salesman for the Eaton-Clark Company and in 1919 became purchasing agent, in which capacity he still serves. Mr. Eaton succeeded his cousin, Rufus W. Clark, now of Pasadena, California, to the presidency on February 12, 1920, and also, at the same time, was elected president of the Rainbow Color & Chemical Company, wholesalers of acids, the latter concern having been established in 1899. Mr. Eaton also acts as trustee of the estate of Theodore H. Eaton, and is president of the Eaton Land Company.On the 15th of August, 1917, Mr. Eaton was married to Miss Gladys Hambleton of Chicago, daughter of Earl Lander and Eleanor (Fargo) Hambleton, the former now deceased, while the latter is yet a resident of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Eaton have one son, Berrien Clark, Jr., born February 12, 1919, in Chicago. Their new home is on Bishop Road, in the village of Grosse Pointe Park, and their summer home is at Kingsville, Ontario.

In his political views Mr. Eaton is a republican and his religious faith is that of the Episcopal church. He belongs to the Detroit Club, Detroit Automobile Club, Detroit Symphony Society, University Club, the Williams Club of New York city, the Chemists’ Club of New York eity, and the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Michigan, in which latter organization he is now serving his second term as a gentleman of the council. He is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Detroit Board of Commerce, the Williams Alumni Association of Michigan, the Lawrenceville Alumni Association of Michigan and the Kappa Alpha Society. He was a charter member and secretary of the Detroit Polo Club, which introduced polo to this city in the fall of 1916 and which passed out of existence in 1917 with the adoption of polo by the Country Club. Mr. Eaton is one of the foremost figures in this line of sport in Detroit and gives this as his chief source of recreation.

When the United States entered the World war Mr. Eaton entered the first officers’ training camp at Fort Sheridan on the 11th of May, 1917, and there remained until the 15th of August, winning a commission as second lieutenant of the Field Artillery Reserve Corps. He was at once assigned to the Three Hundred and Thirtieth Field Artillery of the Eightyfifth Division, at Camp Custer, and was with Battery A of that regiment until April 16, 1918, when he transferred to the Headquarters Cavalry Troop of the Eighty-fifth Division, with which he sailed for France on the 22d of July, 1918. On the 19th of September he was commissioned first lieutenant and continued to serve with the same organization until February 10, 1919. This division took part in the operations of the Second army against the Germans between the Meuse and Moselle rivers, November 9-11, having been a part of the Meuse-Argonne campaign which terminated with the armistice. Mr. Eaton returned to the United States on February 24, 1919, and received his honorable discharge at Camp Dix, New Jersey, two days later.

The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, Vol. 3, edited by Clarence Monroe Burton, William Stocking, Gordon K. Miller, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co, Detroit-Chicago, 1922, pp 196-197


August 3, 1893
August 13,1978

Elmwood Cemetery
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section I

About Heaven…

Someone recently sent me an email following the funeral of a loved one: “People keep telling te she is in heaven. But doesn’t the Apostles’ Creed say “he will come to judge the living and the dead”? And  Matthew 25:32-46,  2 Timothy 4:1, Matthew 16:27 imply we won’t be judged until Jesus returns.”

The struggle for those of us still on this side of the mystery of life after death long to know, and maybe even more, long for hope. After some time in prayer, I shared the following thoughts. They are not exhaustive, and they are not “the answer.” But it seemed to help….

Your question is a good one, and one.  I have not been ignoring you, but I have needed to find more than two or three minutes of time in which to write a reply.  Even at that, this will be far from in-depth or complete.

You are right that the Apostles Creed says that “he will come to judge the living (or the quick, in older versions) and the dead.  One can only presume that the end of the age, whenever that might be, will come at a time when some have, obviously, passed from this earthly life, and some have not.  It seems reasonable to me that the final judgment is something entirely unique unto itself.  Recall with me, that Scripture gives witness to some type of life beyond this earthly one apart from the final judgment – recall the recognizable presence of Elijah and Moses on that mount at the Transfiguration.  Recall also the account of Lazarus (the other one, not Jesus’ friend and brother of Martha and Mary) in Luke’s gospel (Luke 16:19ff) who was seen in a place of comfort while the rich and rather despotic soul longed from him to reach across the abyss with a finger of cool water.

One of the traditional prayers at the time of death, you can find it in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 464) before the burial liturgies, begins, “Depart out of this world O Christian soul, in the name of God the Father who created you, …, may your rest be this day in peace, and your dwelling place in the paradise of God.  At the Commendation, the prayer goes, “…receive her/him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.” (BCP pp. 483,499)

The witness of the faith, can in some ways be found in a single simple phrase that is in the proper preface of for the departed (which is part of the Eucharistic Prayer if using I, II, A or B) which says: “… For to your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.”

Now, I think I know you well enough that you’d like a bit of a biblical witness beyond what I cited above.  So, I invite you think, ponder and pray on this.  In John 14, Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them, so that where he is, there they may be also.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with this from Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  My friend, here is what I believe.  Whatever the difficulties were that your [loved one] may have experienced in her final time of this earthly journey, she is healed now, and that healing is one that is complete – in any way she may have needed healing, seen or unseen, known to her, to others, or only to God, that healing has been made manifest.

I hope in some small way this helps.  I look forward to seeing you when I return.

God’s peace enfold you,


I am grateful to the inquirer for the permission to share this interchange. I have intentionally taken out any references that might identify the person or the person’s loved one.  SSH+