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Sacramento County



This is essentially the time of the self-made man. Time was when self-made men were born in log houses and made their way to fame and to fortune without education except as they were able to obtain a little, crude and unclassified, through the reading of miscellaneous books of Hobson's choice by the light of pitch-pine torches stuck in the ground beside them. Now the self-made man sets out along the devious way of business life with more education, but he has to encounter greater obstacles and more determined competition.

He has no recollection of a log domicile, but his goal is a brownstone one Sacramento has many men of both classes, the old and the new. Among the latter is George H. Clark, who is forging ahead to eminence in the field of building, the visible evidence of the growth of every city.

Born in Stockton, Cal., in December, 1880, his education was begun in the public schools of his native city and continued in high school in San Mateo county, where he was duly graduated in 1899. Then he matriculated at Stanford university and was graduated there from, with the degree of A. B., with the class of 1904.

It was a business life rather than a professional life that Mr. Clark chose for himself. Coming to Sacramento he found employment with the Clark & Henry Construction Company as manager. Later he went in a similar capacity to the Sacramento Cement Company, dealers in building material, rock, lath and other merchandise in the line, and has been so successful and so useful to the enterprise that his connection with it is by all his friends regarded as permanent.

The captaincy of the football team of 1904 at Stanford university fell to Mr. Clark. He is a member of the University club and of the Sutter club. The Republican party commands his political allegiance. He married Miss Esther Numan of Stockton, Cal., in July, 1905, and they have a son and a daughter, William R. and Katharine. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011