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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


CLARENCE E. PRIOR One of the younger insurance men of Riverside city and county, Clarence E. Prior is one of the most prominent, having in a comparatively short space of time built up a constantly increasing clientele extending through the county. He has also become an active civic factor and a booster for his home city. He is a talented musician, possessing a fine tenor voice, and consequently is often heard in the various society, church and fraternal affairs. He is now singing in the choir of the First Methodist Church.

Mr. Prior sang second tenor in the famous Prior Brothers Quartette while with his three brothers he was attending the University of California. The boys sang all over the country and were great favorites, always in demand. H. A. Prior, now in the insurance business in Long Beach, sang second bass. Guy R., a rancher in the Palo Verde Valley, sang first tenor, and Percy H., also a rancher now in the Palo Verde Valley, sang first bass. Mr. Prior has another brother, G. W. Prior, who is city auditor of Riverside.

Mr. Prior was born in Kansas, August 12, 1882. His father was an Englishman who came to America when a young man, and was a farmer and merchant. He is now living in Riverside, retired. Mr. Prior was educated in the public and high schools in the University of Southern California and in a business college at Riverside. He was in the grocery business in Hemet for a while, in 1903-4, and then went to the University. His next move was to go into the insurance business, in which he has made such a notable success, preparing for this step by doing office work and accounting hrst. He is district agent of the Travellers Insurance Company, and also does a general fire and all lines of first Class insurance.

Mr. Prior is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, of the Rotary Club, is president of the Riverside Insurance Association, the Present Day Club and is a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the First Methodist Church and one of its Official Board.

He married on November 8, 1907, Ethel G. Woodman, a native of Ohio and a daughter of W. H. Woodman, who is in the sheet metal business in Riverside. Mr. and Mrs. Prior are the parents of five children: Hubert Meredith and Herbert La Verne, twins, Gertrude Louise and Royce Woodman, all students, and Thelma Joyce.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011