Clifford (also spelled Clefort, Cleopne) Fontaine was born in 1844, either in Canada (according to the Minnesota birth records) or in Minnesota (according to the 1880 Minnesota Census). Both of his parents were born in Canada. He married Emma, and they had a son, Oscar Fontaine, in 1871 in St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. On 3 March 1874 in Ramsey, Minnesota, they also had a son, Clefort Fontaine. In 1880, the family lived in St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States. Clefort Sr. worked as a plasterer, while Emma kept house. Oscar was attending school, and Clefort Jr., along with a third son, John (born about 1878 in Minnesota), were also living with them. Clefort and Emma had another child on 17 March 1881.
"Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FD7R-6HR : 4 December 2014), C. Fontaine in entry for Fontaine, 17 Mar 1881; citing St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, reference P 100 L 663; FHL microfilm 1,314,526.
"Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F81L-YS8 : 4 December 2014), Cleopne in entry for C Fountaine, 03 Mar 1874; citing Ramsey, Minnesota, reference v 3 p 167; FHL microfilm 1,309,041.
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ92-K4B : 15 July 2016), Clefort Fountain, St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district ED 20, sheet 386A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0631; FHL microfilm 1,254,631.