As a representative of the young men who are coming forward to occupy places of responsibility in agricultural circles Clint Sciford of Soldier township deserves mention in the history of Crawford county.
He was born on the farm which he now owns, October 19, 1886, a son of George and Theresa (Bowers) Sciford, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. They came to Iowa with their respective parents and were married near Muscatine, locating in 1874 in Soldier township, Crawford county. Here Mr. Sciford engaged very successfully in farming and was the owner at one time of six hundred and ninety-six acres, which he acquired through his diligence and good judgment. He retired to Arion, Iowa, in 1900, having previously divided his land among his children, of whom there are six now living, namely: Charley, Emma, now the wife of Fred Blunk, and George, all of Crawford county; Benjamin, of Boyd county, Nebraska; Ella, the wife of Wallace Sommers, of Minnesota; and Clint, the subject of this review. Sherman, the fifth in order of birth, is deceased.
Clint Sciford attended the district schools and was reared under influences that gave every desirable opportunity for laying the foundation for a useful business career. At fifteen years of age he began life on his own account as proprietor of a livery barn but at the end of one year went to Omaha, continuing for a year in that city. He then returned home and began farming, later coming into possession of his share of the estate. He now owns one hundred and twenty acres, which is well improved, and under his competent management is yielding handsome returns.
On the 27th of April, 1908, Mr. Sciford was united in marriage to Anna Moore, who was born in St. Louis, September 23, 1880. a daughter of Charles and Josephine (Trefts) Moore. The father was born in Cincinnati and the mother in St. Louis, where they were married. The father passed away in 1895, his companion dying ten years later. There were seven children in their family, namely: Nettie, wife of William Jasen, of Chicago, Illinois; William and Charley, of St. Louis; Anna, now Mrs. Clint Sciford; John, of St. Louis; Minnie, the wife of Elmer Page, of Denver, Colorado; and Joseph, who lives in Los Angeles, California. Mrs. Sciford was a widow when she married Mr. Sciford, and the mother of one child, Earl, born on the 5th of February, 1907.
Mr. Sciford gives his support to the republican party but is not prominent in political affairs, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business. He is an efficient member of the community and is known as a successful and progressive farmer who takes an active interest in his calling and whose business qualifications are more than ordinary. Genial and kindly in disposition, he has made many friends who prophesy for him a bright and prosperous future.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.