Biography of Clayton Hickle
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CLAYTON HICKLE.
Among the energetic and enterprising young men who in late years have created so distinct an impress upon development operations in Tulare county and throughout this section of California, there are few who have entered more whole heartedly into the real spirit of this development movement than has Clayton Hickle, secretary of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce, a veteran of the World war and a school trained orchardist and fruit grower, proprietor of a well kept orange grove in the Success valley and an active factor in Farm Bureau work hereabout, secretary of the Success center of that bureau and enthusiastically interested in its activities. Though a native of the old Hawkeye state, Mr. Hickle has been a resident of California since the days of his boyhood and is thus thoroughly familiar with conditions here. He was born in the thriving little city of Clarksville, Butler county, in north central Iowa, January 16, 1895, and is a son of John and Abbie (Gilbert) Hickle, who in 1912 came to California with their family and located in Selma, Fresno county.

Clayton Hickle was seventeen years of age when he came with his parents to California and he completed his education in the high school at Selma. He early became interested in agricultural processes and development, with particular interest on the possibilities inherent in horticultural operations, and after leaving the high school he entered the California Agricultural College at Davis, a branch of the University of California, and was completing his course in that school when in 1917 he answered the call of the country for service in the World war and was assigned to the medical department of the Ninth Ambulance Corps, stationed in the Hawaii Islands, where he was in service until 1919.

Upon the completion of his military service in 1919 Mr. Hickle came to Tulare county and making Porterville his headquarters became engaged in contract development work in the orange groves of this district. His services in that connection were in demand and he did a fine work in that behalf, it not being long until he became recognized as a valuable factor in local orchard operations. Presently Mr. fickle bought a twenty acre ranch in the Success valley eight miles east of Porterville and began growing oranges on his own account, a venture which has worked out quite successfully. As noted above, he is the secretary of the local center of the farm bureau movement in that part of the county and in that capacity has done much in the way of giving proper direction to horticultural processes and in standardizing these operations in accordance with local conditions, as well as stabilizing the local market for the products of the orchards and gardens. Mr. Hickle's activity and success as an organizer attracted the attention of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce and in the spring of 1924 he was appointed the secretary of that body. His effective labors in this behalf proved so satisfactory that in the spring of 1925 he was reappointed to this responsible position and he thus now is serving in his second term as secretary of the chamber, having during this tenure of office done much to extend the service of that important trade body. Mr. Hickle is an active member of Portervile Post No. 20 of the American Legion and has given his earnest attention to the affairs of that patriotic organization.

On September 7, 1920, in Lindsay, Clayton Hickle was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Adelaide Wilson, who was born in New Jersey, daughter of Frank and May (Knieper) Wilson, and who became a resident of California in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Hickle have one child: A son, Clayton fickle, Jr. They have a pleasant home in Porterville and since taking up their residence there have contributed pleasantly to the city's general social interests.

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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