Biography of Clyde E. Denham
Kings County, CA Biographies





CLYDE EDMOND DENHAM.
In one of the most exacting of all callings the subject of this sketch has attained distinction, being recognized as one of the most successful educators in his section of the state. Clyde Edmond Denham was born in Lodi, California, in August, 1884, and is a son of Rollin Henry and Ella (Stephens) Denham. Rollin H. Denham, who was a native of Iowa, first came to California in 1873 and located at San Diego, which at that early date was but little more than an Indian village. Though but a boy at that time, he was deeply interested in the new country and realized that there was a wonderful future in store for southern California. He next located in Sonoma county and eventually went to Lodi. In the meantime he had made several trips back to his native state. After engaging in farming for a time near Turlock he came to Tulare county in the early 'nineties, later moving to Delano, Kern county. Then for a time he was engaged in the lumber business in the mountains, but in 1899 finally located in the San Joaquin valley.

Clyde E. Denham received his elementary education in the mountain schools and then in the Kings River school, graduating in 1902. He then attended the high school at Hanford, from which he was graduated in 1906. Having determined to make teaching his life work, Mr. Denham entered the San Jose Teachers College, where he was graduated in December, 1908. His first engagement as a school teacher was in the Summerset district, where he remained for one year. This was followed by two years in the Paddock district, two years in the Cross Creek district and five years at Gramsville. During these years he had become well and favorably known as a successful educator and the logical outcome was his selection to the responsible position of district superintendent of schools at Hanford, which position he has filled for the past five years, to the eminent satisfaction of the patrons of the district. He is a well educated, symmetrically developed man, of scholarly tastes and studious habits, and keeps abreast of the times in advanced educational methods, while his general knowledge is broad and comprehensive. Genial and unassuming in manner, he has won many warm and loyal friends since demonstrating his capability and fitness for his life work and is numbered among the representative men of the community.

Mr. Denham was married to Miss Mary Hicks, who was born and reared in Granville, Iowa, and to their union have been born two children, Rollin H. and Maurice Robert. Mr. Denham is a member of the county board of education and is deeply interested in everything pertaining to the educational, moral or material welfare of the community with which he is identified. He gives his support to the republican party and is a member of the Woodmen of the world. He is an ardent advocate of outdoor life, and walking, hunting and fishing are his favorite recreations.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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