JOHN W. CLAYTON
For the past twenty six years a factor in the development of Elsinore, Riverside county, Mr. Clayton's manly characteristics
and unquestioned executive ability have placed him among the most influential and prosperous business men of the
community. Since 1910 he has served as landscape gardner of the city park, having discharged his duties with an
interest and ability which have won the commendation of his fellow citizens.
Mr. Clayton was born February 8, 1842, in Rails county, Mo., and spent his youth upon the farm of his parents,
James R., and Elmira A. (Conn) Clayton, natives of Kentucky. In the fall of 1864 he enlisted in Company B, Forty
ninth Missouri Infantry., under Col. Patrick Dyer, serving faithfully until the close of the war in 1865, having
taken part in numerous important engagements, including the siege of Mobile, running fights and skirmishes.
In 1880 Mr. Clayton was united in marriage with Miss Susan E. McConnell, of Carlisle, Ky., whose parents were natives
of that state.
In the hope of benefiting his health Mr. Clayton came to California in 1886, arriving in Elsinore on September
6, his sole capital consisting of $400. With the industry and foresight which have characterized all his efforts
and being willing to work at any employment, he succeeded in improving the state of his finances until at present
his property is worth at least $8,000.
Mr. Clayton has always been a Republican of activity and was elected to serve on the city council of Elsinore,
declining to become a candidate after one term. At one time he held membership in the Masons and Odd Fellows and
also in the Grand Army, but at present is affiliated with no fraternities on account of impaired hearing. He enjoys
life to its fullest extent, is genial and kindly to all.
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912
Riverside County, CA
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