Rose Clark will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Feb. 19, 2011. She is one of 11 children born to the late Oscar and Julia Arnold on a small farm in Macon County. She married Wiley Clark in 1929 and was blessed with three sons, Kenneth, Doyle and Gary.
Rose remembers her first year of marriage well. She and Wiley lived in a lumber camp in Nantahala, where he cut acid wood and she cooked for the lumberjacks. After moving back to Franklin, Wiley worked in construction most of his life, and Rose took care of their children and kept their home and garden in shape.