Biography of Clarence H. Wright
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Clarence H. Wright, the secretary, treasurer and manager of the Racine Auto Tire Company, was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, June 14, 1883, a son of J. H. Wright, who, in 1893, removed with his family to Racine and became general superintendent of the Fish Brothers Wagon Factory, which position of responsibility he acceptably filled for sixteen years. He then resigned and built a large wagon manufacturing plant in Canada and in March, 1915, he again became identified with the business interests of Racine as vice president of the Racine Auto Tire Company.
After leaving the high school, in which he completed his education, Clarence H. Wright entered the employ of the Fish Brothers Wagon Company as timekeeper in the factory and various promotions brought him to the position of foreman of the wheel department. In 1907 he organized the Racine Compressed Air Cleaning Company, conducting business at both Racine and Kenosha and was associated therewith until 1910, when he entered into active relations with the Racine Auto Tire Company, which was organized on the 1st of February, of that year, Mr. Wright becoming one of its founders. The business gradually developed until 1914 and since then has gone forward with leaps and bounds until the establishment, which originally employed but three men and made but three tires per day, is now giving employment to one hundred and twenty-five workmen while its output is two hundred and twenty-five tires daily.
On the 10th of June, 1909, Mr. Wright was married to Miss Jessie Elliott Deacon, a daughter of Walter F. and Louise E. Deacon of Racine. They now have two daughters: Mary Virginia and Jane Elliott. Mr. Wright votes with the Republican Party, strongly endorsing its policy and principles, and is interested in local affairs, as evidenced in his membership in the Commercial Club. He also belongs to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in which he has served as vestryman for many years and in its work he takes an active and helpful part. In analyzing his life work it will be seen that he has been actuated by high principles, both in business and in other relations, for he has continually reached toward lofty attainment, making his service of great worth in community interests relative to the material, civic and moral development of his city.