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Aitchison, Clyde B.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:18 am    Post subject: Aitchison, Clyde B. Reply with quote

Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1911

Clyde B. Aitchison, of Salem, has been almost continuously in public office in Oregon since 1905, and is now a member and chairman of the board of railway commissioners, in which connection he is rendering important service to the public. He has been a resident of the state since May, 1903, coming to Oregon to enter upon the practice of law in Portland. He was then a young man of about twenty-eight years, his birth having occurred in Clinton, Iowa, February 22, 1875. His parents were John and Mary J. (Nolan) Aitchison, the former a native of Scotland, whence he came to the United States in early manhood, making the long voyage across the Atlantic in 1854. He had been educated for the ministry in the University of Glasgow and after arriving in this country engaged in preaching in Brooklyn, New York, and afterward in Iowa, where he became recognized as one of the most prominent representatives of the Baptist ministry. The Central University of Iowa conferred upon him the Doctor of Divinity degree and he was accounted one of the most scholarly men and capable divines of that state. In 1894 he retired from active connection with the ministry and in 1903 he came to Oregon to take up his abode with his son in Portland, where he passed away in 1906. His widow still survived and yet makes her home with the subject of this review. Clyde B. Aitchison, spending his youthful days under the parental roof, acquired his early education in the public schools, completing his course in the high school of Hastings, Nebraska, with the class of 1889. He was an honor graduate of that class and also the youngest graduate who ever finished the work in the Hastings high school. He afterwards entered Hastings College, from which he was graduated in 1893, with the degree of B.S., and again he was the youngest pupil to complete the course in that institution up to that time. With a broad literary learning to serve as the foundation up which to build professional knowledge he took up the study of law in the office of Tibbets, Morey & Ferris, of Hastings, and there continued for about eighteen months, after which he went to Council Bluffs, Iowa, resuming his studies in the office of Finley Burke. In 1896 he successfully passed the examination which secured his admission to the bar of his native state and entered upon practice in Council Bluffs. Although advancement at the bar is proverbially slow no dreary novititate awaited him. He was soon accorded a large and growing clientage and was numbered among the successful practitioners of that city until he removed to the west. He was also honored by the profession in an election to the office of secretary of the Bar Association of Council Bluffs, acting in that capacity from its organization until he left the state. During that time he compiled Aitchison’s Annotations in the Iowa Decisions, which was published by the lawyers Cooperative Company of Rochester and had a wife sale throughout the state. In May, 1903, Mr. Aitchison arrived in Portland where he resumed the practice of law, and in June, 1905, he was called to public office, being made clerk of the commission appointed to prepare a new tax code for the state. Later, in 1906, he was engaged to assist in drafting the present railroad commission bill, which was presented to the legislature and adopted by that body, after which, in February, 1907, Mr. Aitchison was appointed a member of th board of railway commissioners. In April, 1908, he was given the republican nomination for the office and was elected to that position, while in January, 1911, he was chosen chairman of the board, in which important capacity he is now serving. In this connection he has carefully safeguarded the interests of the people at large yet stands strictly for that justice which neither favors nor abuses the corporation nor the individual. On the 5th of September, 1906, Mr. Aitchison was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Beatrice Williams of Pacific Grove, Oregon, daughter of E.B. Williams, of Iowa, in which state his death occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Aitchison have two children, Beatrice and Bruce. In his political views Mr. Aitchison has always been a republican and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day. He has never been a partisan but maintains a progressive attitude that seeks ever the welfare of the majority. He belongs to Portland Lodge, No. 142, B.P.O.E., is also a member of the University Club of Portland and vice president of the Apollo Club of this city. He is prominent and popular in the Rose City as well as in the state capital and in fact he has a wide and favorable acquaintance throughout Oregon. He is preeminently a man of affairs and one who has wielded a wide influence.
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