CLARENCE K. CLARKE. - Among the men who by reason of their personal integrity and enterprise, have come to be
regarded as representative citizens of Imperial Valley is numbered Clarence K. Clarke, chief engineer and general
manager for the Imperial Irrigation District, with headquarters in Calexico, California. None are more highly esteemed
than the subject of this narrative. Mr. Clarke was born in Lewis County, Washington, December 5, 1859, a son of
Fred A. and Eunice A. (Stillman) Clarke. On his mother's side the family dates back to Revolutionary stock and
the ancestors on his father's side are of English extraction. Mr. Clarke acquired his education in the public and
high schools of Portland, Oregon. Finishing his education he became identified with the Northern Pacific in the
civil engineer department, where he remained for some years. He later went with the Oregon Pacific and the Southern
Pacific in the various engineering departments. He was division engineer for five years of the Tucson division,
and upon leaving that post he became identified with and had charge and direction of the forces in the closure
of the Colorado River from December 21, 1906, to February to, 1907. After the closure of the river Mr. Clarke took
an active part in 1907 in restoring the canal system, and from here he was transferred to the Coast Division as
division engineer. In 1909 he returned to the Valley and became superintendent of Number One Irrigation District.
Resigning this office, he accepted the position as assistant general manager of the C. D. Company, W. H. Holabird,
receiver. Mr. Clarke resigned and on April 1, 1911, was made superintendent and chief engineer for the Palo-Verde
Mutual Water Company, from January 1, 1913, to July, 1914. He served as city manager of Tucson, 1915-1916. He then
accepted the position of chief engineer of this district in 1917. Fraternally Mr. Clark is a member of the B. P.
O. E. No. 476 of Yuma, Arizona. He is also a member of the Masonic Lodge, holding membership in Corinthian Blue
Lodge No. 38, of Puyallup, Washington, Scottish Rite Consistory Number 5 of San Francisco, and Al Malaikah Shrine
of Los Angeles. Mr. Clarke was united in marriage July 6, 1901, to Miss Loretta Graydon, a native of Globe, Arizona.
One daughter has blessed this union, Loretta L., born May 26, 1902. Politically Mr. Clarke is registered as a Republican,
but can always be depended upon to support the man and not the party, and he has never aspired to office. Mr. Clarke
is progressive in citizenship and has gained the confidence, good will and esteem of all who have been in any way
associated with him.
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918
Imperial County, CA
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