The paternal ancestors of Mr. Clanfield have for many years been natives of Berkshire, England, his grandfather being John and his father, Robert Clanfield. The latter is now living in that county, over eighty years of age. He married Miss Mary Howse, born in Oxfordshire, and she died in 1893 at the age of sixty-five years. Nine children were born to them, seven of whom are now living. Henry Clanfield was the eldest, and was born October 3, 1845, and his father being a farmer he was reared to that life. His early education was received in the public schools of England. At the age of twenty-three years he emigrated to the United States, settling in Shelby, Ill., where he engaged in farm work, continuing in the same for four years. Coming to Oregon about 1873 he located near McMinnville, where he was employed by David Logan for two years, at the end of this time going into Marion county and renting a farm in the Waldo hills. After five years' residence on that place he came to Polk county and bought the farm which he now owns, the latter purchase containing two hundred and forty-nine acres, in addition to which he has added by purchase one hundred and ten acres, one-half mile east of his home and one hundred and forty-seven acres southwest of Dallas, Luckiamute. One hundred and eighty acres is in active cultivation, upon which he is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He has sixty-five acres devoted exclusively to hop-cultivation.
Mr. Clanfield married, in 1877, Martha Palmer, a native of Minnesota, and they now have six children living, of whom Mary Smith lives in Mill Creek; Hannah Dodson makes her home near Monmouth; George, Bert, Elizabeth and Elona are still at home with their parents. Independent in his political views, Mr. Clanfield has been elected to several offices by the vote of the best men of all beliefs, his integrity and judgment making him an able representative of the people. He has held the positions of road supervisor and school director and clerk. He adheres to the tenets of the Episcopal Church.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley", page 1418