|Death: ||Mar. 27, 1915|
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Times – March 31, 1915:
ALLISON, SPEED OFFICER, BURIED
Receives Military Honors at Funeral – Praised For Faithfulness
Louis Allison, veteran speed king of the law, was buried with military honors in Rosedale Cemetery yesterday afternoon.
At an early hour last Saturday morning the county motorcycle officer was fatally injured on Wilshire boulevard, near the Soldiers' Home, while running down an unknown speeding autoist. Allison, known to his many friends as "Joco," was traveling at about fifty miles an hour when his front wheel struck a rock and he was thrown over the handle bars. His head was badly crushed and he died three hours later on the operating table at St. Catherine's Hospital.
The motorcycle officer was a Spanish-American War veteran and was a lieutenant in D troop, First Squadron Cavalry, N.G.C., when he retired from the service. Lieut. Allison was one of the most reliable and faithful employees of the county and the oldest man on the motorcycle squad, in point of service.
Many years ago "Joco" Allison went to work for Dist.-Atty. Fredericks. He first served in the capacity of a process server and more than three years ago joined the motorcycle department, wearing shield No. 1. "Joco" numbered his friends by the hundreds and was popular with the automobile men of the city and the owners, although he enforced the law to the letter and took the greatest risks in chasing reckless drivers and speeders.
Allison was fond of sports of all branches. He was a crack revolver shot, an excellent horseman, well known as a hunter and in his private life was hailed as a good fellow. One sterling virtue exhibited by the young speed king of the law, was that he never spoke ill of any one. If he could not say something in favor of a man, he kept quiet. He was equally popular with his comrades and brother officers in the military service as in the service of the county.
The funeral services yesterday were held in Bresee Bros.'s chapel. Ex-Dist.-Atty. Fredericks and Dist.-Atty. Woolwine both made brief addresses. Each paid high tribute to the deceased.
For many years Capt. Fredericks commanded D Troop, and it was under the command of the ex-District Attorney that Allison served and rose from the ranks to a commission. Capt. Fredericks said: "Joco" was a fine fellow. He had a big heart, and was always ready to help the other fellow. He was sober, energetic and industrious and the motorcycle patrol of Los Angeles county has suffered a great loss."
The services were conducted under the auspices of the Masonic Order, of which Allison was a member. There were many beautiful floral offerings, bearing expressions of grief from friends of the man who had lost his life in the performance of his duty.
As the casket was lowered, a firing squad from Troop D paid the harsh military tribute to a departed comrade. A trumpeter stepped to the edge of the newly-made grave and sounded "taps," the last honor paid to any military hero.
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Created by: Don Lynch
Record added: Oct 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77652278
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