Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     FRANK H. CLERF.  It is with pleasure that we mention this enterprising and successful young stock grower, since he has wrought with a display of sagacity and thrift that have brought him a magnificent success, and also since his conduct has been such as to command the respect and esteem of all who know him.  He is the largest wool grower in Okanogan county, and is now handling twenty-five thousand sheep.  His headquarters are located fifteen miles northeast of Loomis, where he owns three hundred and twenty acres of land and rents much more.  The land is all devoted to raising hay for his sheep.
     Frank H. Clerf was born near Pawnee City, Nebraska, on April 5, 1878, the son of John P. and Mary (Mullen) Clerf, natives of Germany.  The father came to the United States when a boy, and located in Nebraska.  Later they came west, and in 1885 located in Kittitas county, Washington.  Our subject is the oldest of a family of nine children and received his education from the public schools of his native place and the business college at Tacoma.  The father is one of the wealthy land owners and prosperous stock raisers of Kittitas county.  As soon as our subject came to manhood he engaged in the stock business himself.  He shipped about eight thousand sheep to Montana, and after handling them there for some time, he sold out and located his present place.  He then bought sheep in different localities and brought them to Okanogan county, and since that time has devoted himself to the wool growing industry.  Much to his credit, it may be stated that he has manifested excellent wisdom and intelligence in this line, so much so that success could but attend his affairs.
     Fraternally, Mr. Clerf is affiliated with the I. 0. 0. F., being the first one initiated in the Okanogan lodge, Number 186; and with the W. W.
     On February 15, 1902, Mr. Clerf married Miss Mary McDonald, of Spokane, where the nuptials were celebrated.  Mr. Clerf is a strong Republican, of the kind that is able to give a reason for the hope that is in him.  He has overcome the obstacles in the path of the wool grower and is esteemed and respected by all who know him.