SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Margaret Goff Clark


Interview with Margaret Goff Clark


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Margaret Goff was born March 7, 1913. She attended Bennett High School in Buffalo. Ms. Goff was in the class of the State Teachers College at Buffalo when it moved to the current campus. She received her Bachelors in Education from there in 1933. After graduating, she taught at a country school and then taught at School 11 in Buffalo for five years. Ms. Clark taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at School 11. In 1937, she married Charles R. Clark.

After having children, Margaret Clark started writing and publishing. Over her career she wrote over 200 short stories, 50 poems, 25 one-act plays, 24 mysteries, biographies, and books on endangered species. Many of her books were based on her experiences traveling to parks and nature areas. After her first book, The Mystery of Seneca Hill, was published the Seneca Indians “adopted” Mrs. Clark and gave her the name Deh-yi-sto-esh which means She Who Writes and Publishes. Margaret Goff Clark passed away on August 25, 2004. The SUNY Buffalo State Archives & Special Collections contains the Margaret Goff Clark Collection which is freely available for researchers and the public.


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Interview with Margaret Goff Clark

Interview with Margaret Goff Clark