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court commissioner of Sacramento county occupies a position of distinct
importance and growing influence among the attorneys whose broad talents
and mental endowments bring them professional eminence throughout the
entire valley. Scarcely yet in the prime of manhood's activities, with
the promise of years of exceptional usefulness before him, he faces a
future attractive with the charm of an anticipated civic service and
occupational success predicted by his friends and well-wishers. Combined
with an excellent and increasing knowledge of the law he possesses the
advantage of expertness in stenography; indeed, his skill in that
direction caused him to be selected for court reporter in 1903, and the
record he made in the position furnished convincing proof as to his
accuracy, dispatch and professional knowledge. From reporter he was
advanced by appointment in 1904 to county court commissioner, and his
long retention in the office furnishes convincing proof as to the
satisfactory nature of his services.
Illinois as his native commonwealth, Mr. Pipher was born in tlie city of
Monticello December 1, 1876, and is a son of A. T. and Mary J. Pipher.
He entertains but few recollections of the home of his earliest years,
for he was only two when his mother removed to California, and since
then he has been identified with the west, receiving such advantages as
its public schools afforded and enjoying its opportunities for
advancement. During the spring of 1891 he was graduated from the high
school of Modesto, and immediately afterward he had the good fortune to
secure a clerkship in a law office of that place. In the midst of such
an environment he was able to devote much of his time to the study of
law, and at a very early age his knowledge of the leading law
authorities was unusually accurate. He also gave considerable attention
to the study of state laws, particularly the laws of California, and in
that way he early acquired authoritative knowledge along these
interesting professional lines.
An identification of several years with the well-known law firm of McCune & George in Sacramento afforded Mr. Pipher the best possible advantages for obtaining a knowledge of the law by actual experience. When not assisting the firm in the preparation of legal papers he was studying the books of their excellent library, so that when he made ready for his examination in 1897 it was with the gratifying knowledge that his information was thorough and his preparation as nearly complete as is possible. The supreme court granted him the privilege of practicing in the state, and he immediately became connected with the bar of Sacramento, where he since has made his home. From 1899 until 1903 he served as deputy to the district attorney, Hon. C. W. Baker, and then he officiated as court reporter for a year, but since 1904 he has given his time and attention to the duties of court commissioner, in which position his service has been exceptionally capable and satisfactory. With his growing professional reputation there has been a rising Masonic prominence, which has brought him into leadership among the members of the blue lodge and chapter; in addition, he has identified himself with the Knights Templar and the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Another important fraternity which enlists his co-operation is the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Side by side with his studies of the law have been his inquiries into political questions, and the opinions formed as the result of his thoughtful consideration of public issues have brought him into active association with the Republican party in Sacramento. In this city occurred his marriage to Miss Marie Louise Mason, February 14, 1900, and their union has been blessed with two daughters, Helen and Katharine, both of whom are now students in the city schools.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011