CLIFFORD NORTON, who for many years has been actively identified with the photographic profession in Cleveland,
is a native of that city and member of an old pioneer family of Cuyahoga County.
He was born in the family residence at old Root Street in Cleveland, son of Walter Norton, who was born in Buffalo,
New York, in 1836, and grandson of Capt. James Norton. Capt. James Norton was a noted mariner on the Great Lakes
in pioneer times, and at one time was on the first steamboat on the Great Lakes, the "Walk in the Water."
He brought his family to Cleveland in 1841. At that time Cleveland derived its importance almost entirely from
its situation as a port on Lake Erie and as a commercial and supply center for the country behind it. There was
no manu facturing. Captain Norton purchased land now included within the city limits, and he farmed and grazed
land now covered with dwellings and business blocks. He lived in the city until his death. He married a widow.
whose maiden name was Gorham. She was born in New York State, and, surviving her husband, reached the venerable
age of ninety seven years.
Walter Norton was educated in the city schools of Cleveland, and after leaving school worked in the ore docks.
He resigned his position there as superintendent to enlist in Shields Nineteenth Ohio Battery, and was with this
command in many battles of the war. After his honorable discharge he returned home, followed several occupations,
and for twenty five years was an ernploye of the Standard Oil Company. He died at the age of seventy eight. His
wife, Hannah Francisco, was born at Boat Creek. New York, and also died at the age of seventy eight, though surviving
her husband. They reared five children: Samuel Gorham, Walter Francisco, Nellie (wife of Franklin B. Hall), Guy
Payne and Clifford.
Clifford Norton as a boy attended the old Bolton Avenue School and Central High School. After finishing his education
he went to work for the W. Bingham Company, remaining with that business six years. He then took up photography,
and for many years has conducted one of the best known studios in the city. He married in 1914 a Miss Irene Marie
Alexander, a native of Cleveland, and daughter of John W. and Ann (Degnan) Alexander. They have three children:
Jane Rita, Elizabeth Ann and Donald Alexander.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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