Biography of Dr. George P. Clements
Riverside County, CA Biographies





GEORGE P. CLEMENTS, M.D.
The failure of his health, due to the exacting demands of professional life and the exposure to severe storms incident to a practice covering a wide area, caused Dr. Clements to relinquish the activities of a promising career in order that he might seek a healthful location in the genial western climate. The presence of a brother in Riverside county led him hither and he has had no reason to regret the decision to remain permanently in this county, for he has regained his health and at the same time he has been prospered in material affairs so that he now ranks among the progressive, prosperous ranchers of the district His success is the more striking in that he was forced to turn aside from his chosen work and enter into labors wholly unfamiliar to him. The handicap thrust upon him by declining health has been overcome and with unwearied strength he now follows varied activities.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, November 12, 1877, Dr. Clements remained on the home farm until he had received a common school education. At the age of seventeen years he came to the States and settled at Midland. Mich., whence he removed to Bay City at a later date. Desirous of securing advanced educational opportunities, he worked at any occupation offering more than a mere livelihood and with the means thus frugally saved he paid his way while he studied medicine in, Omaha, Neb., and later when he took the regular course of lectures in the medical department of the Nebraska State University. From 1893 until 1896 he was a medical student, graduating in the year last named Later he took a number of special courses in order that his knowledge of material medica might be broadened and his usefulness in the profession enlarged.

After having practiced in Nebraska for some years Dr. Clements gave up his chosen work and came to California with the hope of being benefited physically, a hope that soon saw fruition in the climate of Riverside county, where he had joined a brother. Later he bought one hundred acres of raw land covered with cactus and sage brush and when he had cleared the ground he built a neat house. Fifteen acres are now in alfalfa and two and one half acres in oranges, besides which he is engaged in growing nursery stock and has now about fifty thousand young trees on the place. The comfortable residence is surrounded by ornamental trees, the whole forming an ideal country home whose possession is a source of constant pleasure to the owner.

Some years ago, in association with two other gentlemen, Dr. Clements bought four hundred and fifty acres of unimproved land in the valley. This property they cleared and improved and then sold off in small tracts, from which they realized a gratifying advance on the original cost. As a citizen Dr. Clements has been progressive and patriotic and has contributed his quota toward the development of the county, being ever ready to co-operate in movements for the general welfare. In politics he stanchly upholds Democratic principles and at this writing promotes party welfare through his service as a member of the county central committee. While living in Nebraska he was made a Mason and took an active part in the work of the blue lodge. In April of 1898 he married Miss Esther Hoag, who was born in Waukesha, Wis., and during girlhood moved to Nebraska, where she was married in Omaha. One daughter blesses the union, Catherine E., who is now receiving excellent educational advantages in the home county.

From:
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


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