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Alonzo "Lon" Luce
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Birth: Sep. 13, 1869
Colusa County
California, USA
Death: 1938
Glenn County
California, USA

Willows Journal, Friday, 29 April 1938, Page 1:

Illness Fatal to "Lon" Luce

Alonzo "Lon" Luce, 68, retired cattle buyer and Glenn county pioneer died after a long illness this afternoon at his home here. He had been in a critical condition for more than the last week.
A native of Newville, the son of Alonzo Luce, Sr., well known cattleman. Luce was educated in the schools there, and later rode the range in Wyoming. Returning to California, he engaged in cattle buying.
Later he was also interested in mining, and later located several chrome and manganese claims in Glenn and Tehama counties.
He had retired in recent years. Surviving him are the following children: Mrs. Lorena Devenpeck, Willows; Mrs. Inez Bielar, Colusa; Myra, of Sacramento; Daisy, of Redwood City; and Lenus, of Sacramento. There is also one grandchild, Miss Ray Bielar, of Colusa.
The body is at the Sweet funeral home. Burial arrangements have not been made.

Willows Journal, Saturday, 30 April 1938, Page 1:

"Lon" Luce Services to be Held Monday

Funeral services for Alonzo "Lon" Luce, retired cattle buyer and mining man, will be conducted by Rev. Earl Brewster at the Sweet Funeral Home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the Willows cemetery.

Willows Journal, Monday, 2 May 1938, Page 4:


A large crowd of relatives and friend assembled this afternoon at Sweet & Son's chapel to pay their last tribute to "Lon" Luce, one of Glenn county's pioneers who died Friday after a long illness. Rev. Earl Brewster of the Methodist church officiated at the services. Vocal numbers were given by Mrs. Mae McDonald and Maude Jansen.
Pallbearers were H. M. Garnett, Andy Feeney, C.P. Hembree, Frank Thurman, J. E. McDaniel and W. Price. Transcribed by E.



The Leading Men and Women of the Counties Who have been Identified with their Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
Pages 567-568


They who are today developing California's opportunities, which in pioneer days were opened up by those dauntless men and women who braved every danger to get to the "land of promise" and, after their arrival, began to shape the destinies of the new state, so that their descendants might enjoy prosperity, have shown their aptitude to build on the foundation left them as an inheritance. Of this number, mention is due Alonzo Luce, a native son of Glenn County, born on his father's ranch at Newville, September 13, 1869.
Alonzo Luce attended public school in the district near the home ranch, assisting his father when not in school. Later he went to Wyoming and rode the range. His duties took him over a broad expanse of country, extending one hundred miles along Green River, and back to a depth of sixty miles. In his string were some fourteen saddle horses. He became an expert rider, as well as a roper. Upon his return to California he rented his father's ranch and engaged in raising stock and grain with exceptional ability until 1905.
It was at this time the Mr. Luce branched out and began buying and shipping stock, his business growing to large proportions with the passing of the years. At present he is engaged at buying cattle, sheep and hogs, his experience in various parts of the West will fitting him both for the difficult task of selecting stock, and for the equally great responsibility of disposing of it. In this work he represents the Willard Commission Co., of the Union Stock Yards of Portland, Ore., one of the best-known firms on the Pacific Coast. His operations are extensive; he deals and ships in train-load lots. When opportunity arises, he buys five or six hundred head of cattle, and ranges them until they are in shape for the market.
As might be expected of one who has moved about so much among the mountains and the valleys, Mr. Luce has been identified with mining in one form or another. He located three chrome mining claims, which he sold for twenty-five thousand dollars; and he still owns one other claim of the same mineral. He also located and still owns a manganese claim in Tehama County, while he has located a promising coal claim in Shasta County.
At Willows, on November 21, 1894, Mr. Luce was united in marriage with Miss Hattie Dobkins, a native of Willits, Mendocino County. Her father, Jacob Styles Dobkins, was born in Missouri. He became a pioneer of California, where he married Rebecca Campbell, a native of San Leandro. Grandfather John T. Campbell was born in Scotland. He married in his native country and, emigrating [sic] to California, became a prominent farmer of Alameda County, where he died at his home on April 29, 1917, at the age of eighty-seven years. Mr. Dobkins followed the trade of blacksmith at Willits, and later had a shop at Newville, where he continued as the village blacksmith until his death on April 20, 1904. His wife died on November 22, 1909. Besides Mrs. Luce, his children are Mrs. Nettie McBain; Mrs. Myrtle Johnson; and Lee R., Ida, and Lena Dobkins. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Luce five children have been born: Lorena; Inez, Mrs. John Bielar; and Myra, Daisy and Lenus A.
In connection with their large interests as feeders of stock, Mr. Luce and Mrs. Willard shipped out of Willows, in the season of 1916-1917, five hundred fifty head of cattle in one shipment, valued at sixty thousand dollars, and one shipment of five thousand sheep, representing about fifty thousand dollars. Mr. Luce is ever ready to do his duty as a citizen of the state, and has supported movements for the betterment of his county at every opportunity. He is one of the best known stockmen in the Sacramento Valley, where he is highly esteemed for his integrity of character, and his honesty and square dealing. - Transcribed by E.

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  Hattie M. Dobkins Luce (1877 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Alonzo was born in Newville, Colusa Co., CA as Glenn County was not formed until 1891.
Willows Cemetery
Glenn County
California, USA
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Record added: Jul 02, 2012
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Alonzo Lon Luce
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Alonzo Lon Luce
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