Biography of D. Clinton Scott
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D. CLINTON SCOTT. - The changes of more than three decades have wrought their transformations in the material aspect and in the population of Humboldt county since ended the earthly activities of the honored pioneer, Dr. Scott, who as one of the first to engage in dental practice along the coast of Northern California, as a man of civic prominence, as a faithful official and progressive citizen, left the impress of his forceful personality upon the community of his adoption. A native of Pennsylvania, he became a California settler of the early '50s and was attracted to the mines by reason of the great excitement connected with the discovery of gold. Besides trying his luck in the mines of Placer county he served there as deputy county cleric and deputy assessor. It was not, however, his desire to devote his entire life to mining enterprises or deputyships; he had an ambition to fit himself for dentistry. In pursuit of that purpose he went to San Francisco and took a thorough course in the dental profession, having the advantages of considerable experimental work and actual practice in that city.

Upon coming to Eureka in 1866 Dr. Scott opened an office and soon gained considerable practice, for he was the pioneer dentist of the town and his skilled work won for him a wide professional popularity. While devoting his time closely to practice he did not neglect any duty that falls upon a public spirited citizen. Recognizing his fine business ability, impartiality of judgment and devotion of citizenship, the people selected him to serve as county treasurer of Humboldt county, also as police judge and justice of the peace, and he continued at the helm of public affairs until his death, which occurred January 27, 1882. For years prior to his demise he had been identified with Masonry. Surviving him were two daughters, Mrs. Eloise Pettingill and Mrs. Mabel Skinner, and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Virginia C. McDaniel and had crossed the plains in 1852 from her native Virginia, in 1867 becoming a resident of Humboldt county, where she still makes her home.

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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