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Manley Edwin Clough

California has a charm for New England people, who seem to be in their element when they have their place of residence within easy reach of the Pacific coast. Among those from the Atlantic coast who are enthusiastic in their praise of California and charmed, with its delightful climate and business opportunities we find Manley Edwin Clough, who was born in Concord, N. H., March 27, 1949, the son of Manley and Lydia (Wheeler) Clough, both natives of Bow, the same state. The father learned the trade of marble and granite worker in Quincy, Mass., and during his residence there many a night (because it was cooler) with six yoke of oxen he would haul a large stone from Quincy to Charleston, where they were used in building the Bunker Hill Monument. He also worked on the building of the old State House in Boston. Later he was engaged in the lumber business I Bow, where both of the parents passed away, the father at ninety-one and the mother at sixty-four years of age. Of the eight children born of this union seven are living; a brother of our subject Monroe A., resides in Stockton, Cal.

Mr. Clough completed his education at Hopkinton Academy at the age of eighteen, when he immediately began dealing in lumber and timber. Besides building mills, he also engaged in the manufacture of lumber in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and was also a large wholesale lumber dealer in Boston, shipping extensively from Canada into the United States, following the business actively for over thirty years.

After a very serious sickness in 1892 Mr. Clough first came to Los Angeles, Cal., where he spent twelve years off and on, and in 1904 he located in Petaluma where he built his sightly residence at the head of D street. He is now engaged in general contracting, heavy teaming and the grading of streets under the firm name of Giggey & Clough, doing the most extensive business of that kind in this vicinity. He is still largely interested in valuable property in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

In the year 1880, in Manchester, N. H. , occurred Mr. Clough's marriage to Mrs. Luch A. (Currier) Farr, who was born in Walden, Vt., the daughter of Samuel and Lucy (Mayo) Currier, the former born at Walden and the latter at Moretown, Vt. The paternal grandfather, Stephen Currier, was born in the Highlands of Scotland, and on coming to the United States settled first in Newburyport, Mass., but soon removed to Walden, Vt., where he carved out a farm from the forest. Several of his sons served in the war of 1812. The maternal grandfather, Barnabas Mayo, was a pioneer of Moretown, Vt. Samuel and Lucy Currier died at Manchester, N. H., leaving two children, Lucy A., Mrs. Clough, and Mayo S. Currier, a horticulturist of Ventura. Mrs. Clough was educated at St. Johnsbury Academy and is a lady of culture and refinement, aiding her husband in all his enterprises by her encouragement and helpfulness. Mr. Clough is a Republican, and with his wife attends and supports the Methodist church. He is a man of great force and a strong character of the grand old New England type, trying in every way to make his life a useful one, ever ready to lend a helping hand to those that are needy and worthy.

History of Sonoma 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: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011