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            A well known representative of the bar of Grass Valley is Sumner T. Dibble, who by close application to his professional duties, his earnest preparation of cases and his power of analysis has gained a leading place in the rank of the legal fraternity of Nevada County.  His entire life has been passed in California.  He is a native of Nevada County, born August 26, 1860, and is a son of General Alford B. Dibble, who was a distinguished lawyer of Grass Valley.  He was born in New York but came to California in 1852, by way of the Isthmus route.  Attracted by the discovery of gold, he spent some time in the mines but afterward turned his attention to the legal profession and won distinction in his chosen calling.  He was also prominent in the public affairs of the state and filled several important positions.  He was adjutant-general of California and also served as the first commissioner under Governor Stoneman.  His death occurred February 16, 1896, and the community thereby lost one of its leading men.  He was married in California in 1854 to Miss Emma Allen, a native of New York.  Her family name was McComen, but in early life she was adopted by a family by the name of Allen and was always thus called.  She still resides in Grass Valley, being one of the estimable ladies of the town.  Her father was a soldier in the English army.

            In a family of five children Sumner T. Dibble was the third in order of birth, and in the public schools he acquired his preliminary education, which was supplemented by study in the University of the Pacific, at San Jose, and in the Napa Collegiate Institute.  Determining to make the practice of law his life-work he matriculated in the law department of the University of California, but left that institute in 1884 to become secretary of the state senate in Sacramento, being appointed by Governor Stoneman.  He filled that position for two years, and completed his law studies under the direction of his father.  In 1888 he was admitted to practice in the state courts, and in 1897 he was appointed notary public by Governor Budd.  In politics he is an active Democrat, and has many times served as delegate to the conventions of his party, but his time is largely given to his professional duties and his devotion to his client’s interests is proverbial.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 736-737. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2011  Gerald Iaquinta.





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