Biography of Hon. Clifton H. Connick
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HON. CLIFTON HORACE CONNICK. - From the far distant province of New Brunswick and the small village of St. Stephen there came to the shores of the Pacific during 1873 John S. and Janet Elizabeth (McKenzie) Connick, bringing with them their small son, Clifton Horace, whose birth had occurred in the New Brunswick town December 4, 1871, but whose earliest recollections cluster around the timber regions of Humboldt county. Descended from a long line of worthy forebears who had struggled for a livelihood in the midst of the rigorous climatic conditions of the Canadian province, he inherited qualities of persistence, endurance and patience that stood him in good stead in his ambitions to obtain an education in the classics and the law. The encouragement of the family, coupled with his own determination, enabled him to secure an excellent education in the grammar school and Phelps Business College at Eureka, and in the law department of the University of California (Hastings Law College), from which in 1893 he was graduated with the highest standing for proficiency. Immediately after he had been granted the privilege of practicing law in the courts of California he opened an office at Eureka, where he has remained up to the present time, meanwhile winning his way slowly but surely to prestige and prominence.

Not only at the bar but also on the bench, Judge Connick has proved his masterly grasp of his chosen profession. After he had served for eight years as deputy district attorney and had built up a valuable private practice, during 1908 the confidence which the voters had in his ability was evinced by his election as superior judge of Humboldt county on the Republican ticket. In this responsible office he has been nonpartisan in decisions, incorruptible in honor, earnest in devotion to duty and a humanitarian in his sympathies. His decisions not only represent logical, impartial knowledge of the law, but are also worthy of intellectual and moral praise. Besides being a lawyer and jurist he is a public spirited citizen and nothing vital and important is alien to him.

The versatility of his abilities is shown by his proficiency in music. Through his efforts was organized the Eureka Choral Society, with a membership of thirty, comprising some of the best singers in Humboldt county and forming an association that has promoted a knowledge of music among the people of Eureka. Equally interesting, but representing a different phase of his activity, is his membership in the Sequoia Yacht Club and the Humboldt Club. His family consists of wife and daughter, Janet Gertrude, the former having been Miss Gertrude Cooper, a native of Arcata and the daughter of John W. Cooper, a pioneer supervisor and prominent stockman of Humboldt county. The Eastern Star has had the capable cooperation of both Judge and Mrs. Connick, while other branches of Masonry to which he belongs are the local blue lodge, Royal Arch Chapter and Knights Templar Commandery. A deep and varied interest in the Masonic Order by no means represents the entirety of the Judge's fraternal affiliations, for in addition he has been a local leader of the Elks, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen of America and the lodge and encampment of Odd Fellows.

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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