Biography of James Clifford
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James Clifford, who is now living retired in the village of Caledonia, after a successful career as an agriculturist, is one of the prominent and respected citizens of the township and county. He was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, Sept. 1, 1848, son of William and Catherine (Brady) Clifford, farming people who lived and died in their native land. There were five children in the family, John, James, Margaret, Catherine and Michael. In 1871 James came to the United States, arriving in Houston County, Minn., in June. His sister Catherine, who came over in 1873, married James Brown, of St. Paul. James, who had attended school in Ireland, and worked for farmers there, began in Houston county by renting and operating a place on shares. Later he bought a tract of 80 acres in Caledonia township, which he devolped into a good farm, making many improvements on it, and continuing to cultivate it with profitable results until his retirement a few years ago. He also made his energy felt in other directions, being identified with several important local enterprises, including the creamery, of which he is today vice president and a director; the Caledonia Stock & Grain Co., now known as the Elevator Company, of which also he was a director, and the Telephone Company, of which he is a member. He also devoted a part of his time to public affairs, serving as supervisor for twelve years or more, as school clerk for 15 years, and as a member of the board of county commissioners for four years, during which time the county poor farm was moved to its present location and a substantial building erected, also the court house grounds improved by the planting of shade trees. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Clifford was married Nov. 4, 1874, to Bridget Dunn, who was born in Ohio in 1853, daughter of Michael and Mary (Ryan) Dunn. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford have had ten children, of whom six are now living, namely: William, who is a farmer in Mayville township; Katherine, wife of John P. Schummers; Michael, who is a farmer; John, a salesman, James and Patrick, who is living at home. Of the four who died, Mary attained the age of 13 years. James and Patrick each did their share as loyal citizens in the service of their country during the great war, thus giving the family a record of which they may well be proud. James entered the aviation service and was stationed in England. Patrick saw active service with the heavy coast artillery in France, participating in the battle of the Meuse and the Battle of Ypres. Both were honorably discharged and returned home to again take up the civilian duties which the war had interrupted.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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