Biography of Frank E. Cloney
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





FRANK EDWIN CLONEY. - The chief of police of the city of Eureka is a native of the province of New Brunswick, Canada, and was born at New St. Stephen, Charlotte county, December 19, 1870. Like the average youth of the East he received a good public school education. He made the most of every chance and subsequent habits of observation in travel and thoughtfulness in reading have enabled him to become the possessor of a varied fund of information. Leaving home at the age of seventeen he was attracted to the lumber camps of Maine and from there to the logging industries of New Hampshire. Reports received from acquaintances concerning steady employment to be had in the lumber camps of Humboldt county and his keen desire to see the west led him to California in 1888, when he was a youth of eighteen years, and during the next fifteen years he remained an employe of the large lumber interests of this section of the state.

Efficiency in the work of a woodsman, steadiness and sobriety won for Mr. Cloney a high reputation among his associates in the camps, and by degrees he also became well known in the towns, so that his appointment to the police force of Eureka in 1903 was regarded as a merited recognition of his ability. Indeed, so thoroughly did he familiarize himself with the duties of the department and so capable did he prove in their discharge that when he was appointed chief in July, 1907, the people without regard to politics felt pleased with the choice and there has been uniform satisfaction with the efficiency of the department and the success of the force in the maintenance of law and order. Some years after coming west he married Miss Heffren, a native of Arcata, by whom he has a son, Francis. Fraternally he is connected with the Elks and Eagles at Eureka.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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