R. Q. Wickham, the first County Clerk of the new county of Orange, was born in a Hancock County, Ohio, January 31, 1855. He is by trade a printer, and by profession a teacher, and followed said avocations alternately in Iowa, Dakota and Nebraska, from 1872 to 1887, when he came to California and engaged in the real-estate business at Santa Ana, and resided at Garden Grove. When the movement was revived for the organization of a new county, he joined in with zeal and pushed the matter along. He was appointed by Governor Waterman one of the commissioners on organization, and was by that body made its secretary. That his services were appreciated was evidenced by the large vote he received for Clerk, receiving 1,714 to his opponent’s 916 in the first election, which was entirely non-partisan. He is a Republican in his political principles, and an accommodating and popular officer.