Biography of Osro Clift
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Osro Clift, Whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Orleans county, New York, April 4, 1823. At his birthplace, he was educated and resided till 1842, when he sailed on the bark Dr. Franklin, on a whaling voyage, being absent about one year. On his return, he joined the ship Phonon of New Bedford, on another whaling voyage, and was absent thirty one months. He then returned to his home and remained one year, and then went into the merchant service, his first trip being to the West Indies, on which he was absent three months. He next sailed to Europe, and was absent some three months, when he returned to New York. He then joined the schooner Star of the West, and went to New Orleans, where he joined the United States ship Suviah, in which he sailed for eight months. We next find Mr. Clift on the police force of New Orleans, in which business he served for six months. April 28, 1849, he sailed to Panama, where he was delayed for two months, on account of fever and cholera. At that port, he took the steamer California, and arrived in San Francisco, July 16th of that year. He immediately proceeded to the mines known as the Stockton mining district, where he sojourned some four weeks. He then joined the schooner Plymouth, and sailed from SanFrancisco to Stockton for five months. He then went to the Government post (Benicia), where he joined the schooner Lonciressa, and sailed on the Bays of San Francisco and San Pablo for four months. He then, in the spring of 1850, went to San Rafael, Marin county, where he built one among the first houses in that place. Here he remained only three months, when he again took charge of the schooner Lonciressa (acting in the position of Mate and Captain), where he remained till February, 1851. He then returned to the Benicia post, and began working on the farm owned by the Government, on Mount Diablo creek, and there he remained for five months. He then took charge of the Government sloop General Brady, which he run five months. In December, 1851, he, in partnership with R. M. Johnson, proceeded to Corte Madera, Margin county, and there erected a hotel, which he conducted for one year. He then began running packets from San Rafael to San Francisco, in which he continued till 1857. He then sold his interest there and went to the Lagunitus, in that county, when he embarked in the dairying business, which he followed till February, 1858. He then came to Mendocino county, and settled on his present place, known as Clift's Ridge, where he owns two thousand and forty acres of land, and is engaged in stock and sheep raising. Mr. Clift married, February 13, 1865, Mrs. Margaret Ryan, widow of Thomas Harper, who was born April 13, 1829. By this union they have Charlotte, born November 21, 1865; and Lizzie S., born May 15, 1867.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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