California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
CLARENCE S. CRAIN is a veteran editor and publisher, has been in the newspaper business in the West for many years, and directs the destinies of one of the live papers of San Bernardino County. He has a wide acquaintance with people and conditions in the desert section of the county, and experience and residence admirably qualify him to work for the common interests of this region as representative of the first district on the County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Crain was born in Iowa, September 18, 1867, oldest of the four sons of Ira B. and Jane (Summers) Crain. His parents were natives of Michigan and farmers. Clarence Crain acquired a public school education in Iowa, and as a youth learned the printer's trade and took up the business and profession of journalism when still quite young. For ten years, while living in Iowa, he owned and conducted the Brooklyn Chronicle in that state. For many years he has been an active and staunch republican in politics, working in the interests of the party, and has been one of the party leaders in San Bernardino County. The first political recognition paid him was in 1896 when he was appointed postmaster of Brooklyn, Iowa, under President McKinley. In 1901 he sold his newspaper and resigned the office of postmaster.
Coming west he located at Ely, Nevada, where he purchased and for ten years conducted the White Pine News. In 1910 he was elected on the republican ticket sheriff of the county, and held that office six years, until January 1, 1917. Then after a brief vacation and period of travel he located at Victorville, California. In May, 1917, Mr. Crain purchased and on June 1, took possession of the Victor Valley News-Herald, and during the past five years he has brought this paper to a high standard as one of the leading journals in the valley, a paper which on both its business and its news sides reflects his long experience and talent.
His prominence as a newspaper man as well as his vast knowledge of conditions was a factor in his selection to represent the first district as supervisor. He was requested to make the campaign and was elected in 1920, assuming the duties of office in December of that year. Since then he has overcome many obstacles contending measures of vital benefit to his district of the county. While a detailed record of his work cannot be presented, mention should be made of the successful exertions he made to fulfill the project so long talked of in the state highway connecting Victorville with Cajon Pass and San Bernardino. The chief object of this project for a number of years has been securing the right of way, and Mr. Crain personally conducted those negotiations, and made it possible to complete this vital system of roadway linking the desert country with the coast cities. Mr. Crain served as secretary of the local Red Cross during the war and is still its secretary. He was deeply interested in all war causes. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, San Bernardino Lodge of Elks, is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, and at all times has the interests of the community at heart.
August 3, 1902, Mr. Crain married Miss Margaret MacDonald, who was born in Scotland in 1880, coming with her parents to America at the age of two years. She was educated in the schools of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Crain have one son, Donald L. Crain, born at Ogden, Utah, October 7, 1903, a graduate of the Victorville High School and of Longmire's Business College of San Bernardino.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011