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JOSEPH E. PIPHER

The 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.

Claiming 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. 


Source:
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