Alfred Sumner Clough

Male 1836 - 1908


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  • Name  Alfred Sumner Clough 
    Born  5 Oct 1836  Warren, Grafton County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    PIONEER  1865 
    Arrived in Arizona via Lees Ferry early in 1865 and lived at Point of Rocks from 1877 until his death in 1908. 
    Age: 29 
    Died  8 Apr 1908  AZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Clough, Alfred Sumner, born at Warren, Grafton County, New Hampshire, October 5, 1836; son of William and Mercy (Knowlton) Clough, both natives of New Hampshire; married Mary Jane Alexander (1852-1903), daughter of Thomas M. and Catherine (Scott) Alexander, at Prescott, April 13, 1874; children, Frank Sumner (1875-'92) and Norah, who married Dr. Clark K. Hartzell.

      Left home for the West, at age 21; was in Salt Lake City when he heard of the gold strike on Lynx Creek and came to ARizona via Lee's Ferry in the winter of 1864-65; had poor luck at mining so did odd jobs such as cutting hay with a hoe in Williamson Valley and working as a teamster; Sharlot Hall stated that he cut, hauled and set up the first flagstaff in Prescott; in October, 1868, he settled on a tract of dry farming land north of Prescott, mention of which appeared in the Arizona Miner of September 11, 1869:
      A trip down Granite Creek - We had no idea there were on Lower Granite such splendid ranches as Cary's, Clough's, Hathaway's and manyothers we might name. Had the season been a good one for raising corn, enough would have been produced on Granite Creek, below the rocks, to supply Fort Whipple.

      Listed U. S. Census, 1870, Lower Granite Creek, Yavapai County, A. T., age 33, occupation - Farmer; the following items were published in the Arizona Miner:
      February 15, 1873 - A. S. Clough has, at last, struck a good thing in the shape of excellent lime rock. If you don't believe us, go and look at the lime he had made from said rock, which (the lime) is for sale at Brooke and Linn's livery stable.

      July 30, 1875 - Mr. A. S. Clough, of Point of Rocks, whose corn was as promising as any in the country, informs us that the rains came too late to do him any good. His corn was higher than his head, and if it had rained ten days earlier than it did, his prospect for the finest field ever obtained in these parts was first rate. The rain, however, held off, and while it descended copiously on his neighbors, in several refreshing showers, it was not until the 15th of July that it rained on the Clough farm, and now his corn is past redemption, except it my be for fodder.
      This is the sixth year Clough has lost his crops either by drouth or hail. The few vines and vegetables left him by the demon this year were beaten into the ground by hail on Sunday night. A man of less courage than Clough would have sought other grounds ere this, but he holds on like grim death and seems determined to make it win.

      He gave up trying to grow crops with rainfall when, according to the Arizona Miner, of October 19, 1877, he bought the Joseph Curtis ranch near Point of Rocks for $2,250 which consisted of 200 acres of irrigated land on Granite Creek; the Prescott Arizona Enterprise mentioned him twice in 1878:

      March 6 -- A. S. Clough is putting forth his energies upon his new farm at Point of Rocks.
      October 5 - A. S. Clough has two wagons and teams engaged hauling lime from his kiln to Prescott.

      The following are taken from a number of references to him printed in the Prescott Courier:

      July 13, 1888 - A. S. Clough has opened a fruit depot in Dr. Kendall's old store.
      July 13, 1897 - A. S. Clough is preparing to start a store on the south side of the plaza for the sale of the products of his orchards. He says Prescott has grown so large that he can no longer drive in from his ranch and make the rounds of the city in one day.

      The Arizona Miner mentions him twice in 1890, stating on February 12:
      A. S. Clough was in town today supplying our people with the best flavored apples produced in any country, raised on his Point of Rocks ranch.
      And again on July 30:
      A. S. Clough is building a new two-story building 18x34 feet on the lot adjoining the Waldo House on the north. Judge A. O. Noyes is boss architect and builder of the structure.

      An advertisement in the Miner of January 3, 1899, reads:
      Apple jelly in cans. Apples in barrels packed at the ranch - shipped ot the mines on orders from responsible parties. Delivered at P. & E. Depot, F. O. B. - A. S. Clough.

      Died at his home near Point of Rocks, north of Prescott, Yavapai County, A. T., April 8, 1908, aged 71; buried Citizens Cemetery, Prescott; the following is taken from an obituary published in the Prescott Journal-Miner:

      Deceased arrived in Prescott in 1864, when the now beautiful city was only a settlement. He assisted in the construction of the first jail ever built here as well as in the erection of other buildings which have long since been replaced with more modern structures. In the latter 60's he appropriated and settled on what is now known as the Ole Peterson ranch which he later sold to Peterson. He then purchased the Curtis ranch now known as the Clough ranch, where he died yesterday.
      In his death, this County loses one of its most industrious and enterprising citizens. He was a man of frugal habits and generous sympathies, endowed with that characterist of the New England stock from whence he sprung, honesty in his dealingw with his fellowmen. His death is deeply regretted by the members of the pioneer families of the City and County among whom he was very popular, as well as by all who knew him.
      He leaves a valuable estate in this City, which he accumulated during his forty-four years of residence here by industrious and strict attention to business affairs.
      Sources of Information:
      The Great Register of Yavapai County, 1876, 1882, 1892-98
      Yavapai County Marriage Records, Book 1, p. 26
      The Arizona Miner, Prescott, September 11, 1869, 3:1; October 29, 1870, 4:1; Dec. 2, 1871, 3:2; January 27, 1872, 3:5; Feb. 15, 1873, 3:1; Jan. 22, 2:3; April 2, 2:5; July 30, 3:1 and December 17, 1875, 2:4; Oct. 19, 1877; Feb. 12, 3:2 and July 30, 1890, 3:1; Jan. 3, 1899, 2:2.
      The Arizona Enterprise, Prescott, March 6, 2:1; April 6, 2:4; and October 5, 1878, 3:1
      The Prescott Courier, Feb. 24, 1886, 2:1 (Clough vs Wing); July 13, 1888, 3:1; July 26, 1890, 4:1; July 13, 3:3 and August 24, 1897, 3:1; Jan. 27, 1903, 3:7 (death of wife); April 9, 1:3 and April 13, 1908, 1:4 (obituary and funeral); June 29, 1946, sec 2, 5:1 (article by Sharlot Hall)
      The Journal Miner, Prescott, July 15, 1897, 4:1; April 9, 1908, 5:2 (obituary)
      The Arizona Citizen, Tucson, October 5, 1872, 1:4

      Newspaper - no name-no date
      Death Beckons Another Old Pioneer
      A. S. Clough Dies At Point of Rocks, Aged 72,
      Had Resided In This Vicinity Nearly Half a Century.
      A. S. Clough, one of the respected pioneers of this Territory died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at his home near Point of Rocks after an illness of two years. His death was due to general debility. He was aged 72 years and a native of New Hampshire. His remains were taken in charge by the ruffner undertaking establishment to be prepared for interment. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
      Deceased arrived in Prescott in 1864 (5) when the now beautiful city was only a settlement. He assisted in the construction of the first jail ever built here as well as in the erection of a number of other buildings which have long since been replaced with more modern structures. In the latter 60's he appropriated and settled on what is now known as the Ole Peterson ranch which he later sold to Peterson. He then purchased the Curtis ranch, now known as the Clough ranch, where he died yesterday. He was united in marriage after a short residence here to Miss Mary Alexander, daughter of T. M. Alexander, a resident of the Sycamore Creek country. Two children were born of the union. Miss Nora Clough being the only one surviving.
      In his death this country loses one of its most industrious and enterprising pioneer citizens. He was a man of frugal habits and generous sympathies, endowed with that characteristic of the New England stock from whence he sprung, honesty in his dealings with his fellowmen. His death is deeply regretted by the members of the pioneer families of the city and county among whom he was very popular, as well as by all who knew him.
      He leaves a valuable estate in this city, which he accumulated during his fourty-four years of residence here by industrious and strict attention to business affairs.

      Newspaper - no name - no date
      A. S. Clough, one of the most respected pioneer residents of this section, died at his home, below Point Ranch, a few miles north of Prescot, April 8, 1908. He had been sick for several months. He is survived by his daughter, Miss Clough, who resided with her father and was with him during his last sickness. He had lived in this section for about 40 years, and by untiring industry had accumulated quite a competency, consisting of his ranch home and real estate in Prescott. In his death this section ahs lost an honorable and useful citizen. He was of that self-reliant and energetic New England stock which knows no such words as falter or fail. His life fight was a brave one and he was a man among men.
    Person ID  I096  Rees -Alexander Families
    Last Modified  3 Jun 2007 

    Father  William Clough 
    Mother  Mercy Knowlton 
    Family ID  F46  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Jane Alexander,   b. 22 Nov 1852, Versailles, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan. or Feb. 1903, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Apr 1874 
    Children 
     1. Frank Sumner Clough,   b. 28 Dec 1875,   d. 1892
     2. Norah Clough,   b. 01 Apr 1878, Point of Rocks, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan. 1957
    Family ID  F45  Group Sheet