Biography of Clarence D. Clark
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CLARENCE D. CLARK.
Among the men who have by virtue of their strong individual qualities earned their way to a prominent and responsible place in business and a high standing in the estimation of their fellow citizens Clarence D. Clark, district manager for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company at Napa, is entitled to specific notice among the enterprising and progressive men of the community. He enjoys distinctive prestige in business circles, his practical intelligence, mature judgment and sound business sense winning for him the confidence and good will of all with whom he has come into contact. Mr. Clark is a native son of California, having been born in Oakland on the 10th day of November, 1875, and is the son of Charles K. and Harriet (Howell) Clark, the former of whom was born and reared in the Hawaiian Islands, whence he came to California, and here met and married Harriet Howell, who was a native of New York state. The late Charles K. Clark was engaged in the building and loan business, having connections in seven cities of the Bay district, and was well and favorably known in financial circles. He is now deceased.

Clarence D. Clark received his preliminary education in the public school of Berkeley and completed the same in the University of California, where he was graduated (B. S.) in 1899. From boyhood he has been interested in all subjects pertaining to electricity and its uses and did much experimental work even during his student days. Indeed, during that period his work was even of a practical nature, by means of which he helped to pay his way through college. After graduating he went to Schenectady, New York, and entered the employ of the General Electric Company, with which he remained two years, being employed in the testing department. He then entered the employ of the Sacramento Electric, Gas & Railway Company, and when that company was merged with the Bay Counties Power Company was transferred to its general offices at San Francisco, which later became the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He began work in the drafting room and soon was placed in charge of that department. His next promotion was as one of the eighteen division superintendents of the company, being placed over the Towers division, which at that time was a very large department with headquarters at Napa. As business increased the division was gradually decreased in size and the title of superintendent was abolished, that of district manager being used instead. Practically all of the development of the company's business in this district has taken place since Mr. Clark assumed charge here, but he has so systematized his work and managed the company's interests here that everything runs smoothly and at a minimum of labor. In 1920 the Vallejo district was added to Mr. Clark's jurisdiction. He is well qualified by nature and training for the responsible position which he is so efficiently filling and the company's interests have been well cared for since he came here to take charge. He is a member of the National Electric Light Association, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Pacific Coast Gas Association. In 1924 Mr. Clark was given the distinction of being elected chairman of the North Bay section of the Pacific Service Employees Association. This is a distinctive honor based on an election, participated in by all employes of the company in the North Bay division.

Mr. Clark married Miss Emelie Riggs, a native of New York state, but who was reared and educated in California, and they have two children, Margaret and Payson. Mr. Clark is aligned with the republican party and keeps closely in touch with the public issues of the day. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, a past master of Yount Lodge No. 12 of Napa, and has taken all the degrees of the York rite. He is also a charter member of the Napa Rotary Club, a man of broad, general interests; a lover of outdoor life, fond of music, a companionable man and a true and loyal friend. Because of his many estimable qualities of character he has won and retains a warm place in the esteem of all who have come into contact with him in either a business or social way.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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