Earle R. Clemens was born in Flowerfield, Michigan in 1878. He was a newspaper editor who moved west, founding newspapers
along the way. He was the editor of the Grand Encampment Herald in Wyoming, then editor of the Rhyolite Herald in Rhyolite,
Nevada before settling in Terra Bella, California, where he founded the Terra Bella News in 1911. It appears, from the materials
in this collection, that Clemens also worked as an agent for Armstrong Nurseries, selling primarily trees to residents in
the Terra Bella area. He is listed in the California Directory of Nurserymen, 1918-1919 as a licensed agent. It is unclear
whether or not he owned a nursery business. John S. Armstrong is well-known as an Ontario pioneer, founding Armstrong Nurseries
in 1893. See the John S. Armstrong Nursery Collection Finding Aid for more information.