Biography of Hugh H. Craig
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HUGH H. CRAIG
Prior to the congenial associations of recent years, that bind Mr. Craig to the professional life of Riverside, there existed the ties that are interwoven with the pleasant memories of childhood and the recollections of the classical studies and the professional researches of young manhood. The studious years of youth were principally passed in Keokuk, Iowa, where he was born October 1, 1874, a member of the family of John H. and Alice (Read) Crag. The quaint old river town in which he grew from child to man possessed excellent schools and in them he was a pupil until his graduation from the high school in the spring of 1892 at the age of seventeen years. In order that he might enjoy larger opportunities he was sent to Parsons College at Fairfield, Iowa, and there he took the regular course of classical study, continuing until 1896, when he was graduated with honors.

A reportorial experience of great value to his mental development began immediately after Mr. Craig's graduation, when he became connected with the Keokuk Daily Gate City, a newspaper that formerly wielded a wide influence throughout the central states. During the three years of his association with the office he advanced to the position of city editor and discharged the arduous responsibilities of the post with tact and fidelity. The law, however, attracted him in greater degree than the press and he abandoned the one to devote himself to the other, taking up law studies under the tutelage of John E. Craig, a cousin, a lawyer of local prominence and popularity. On the completion of the necessary course of reading he was admitted to the bar by the supreme court of the state of Iowa, having first passed an examination creditable to his abilities and careful preparation.

From the time of his admission to the bar until his removal to California in 1908 Mr. Craig engaged in practice in his native city, where, also, he held office as city attorney for three years beginning in 1905. Both in private practice and as the representative of civic legal affairs, he inspired the confidence of his fellow citizens, who appreciated his wide knowledge of professional technicalities, his loyalty to the welfare of the city and his deep devotion to local educational and professional advancement. Appreciative of his interest in education, the people selected him to serve as a member of the board of education of Keokuk and he remained in that responsible position until he removed from the city. Meanwhile his work was directed toward advancing the standard of education and enlarging the equipment necessary for successful instruction of the young. During the period of his residence in Keokuk he established a home of his own, being united in marriage, November 29, 1905, at Chariton, Iowa. with Miss Jessie McKloeen, a popular young society woman of Chariton, who later shared with him in the friendship of many cultured people of Keokuk and is now enjoying a wide circle of acquaintances in Riverside. Upon his location in this city Mr. Craig became a partner in the law firm of Collier, Carnahan & Craig, one of the leading professional concerns of the county and the recipients also of an extensive practice that comes to them from other districts. In 1911 this partnership was dissolved, Messrs. Collier & Craig continuing a partnership.

A careful study of the national issues, begun in early youth and continued up to the present time, has brought to Mr. Craig firm convictions on political questions and has made of him a devoted adherent of Democratic principles. Pronounced as are his opinions and stanch as are his preferences, he shows no trace of partisan spirit, but concedes to others the liberty of opinion which he demands for himself. The honors of office he has not sought, but native endowments and education admirably qualify him to represent the people in positions of trust. A number of fraternal organizations have received the benefit of his association, notable among these being the lodges of Modern Woodmen, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and Ancient Order of United Workmen. He was appointed a member of the board of education in 1911, to fill a vacancy and at the city election in that same year was elected to the position.

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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