FRANK W. LUTHER. - A native of California, and descended from one of the old pioneer families of Humboldt county,
Frank W. Luther is at present a prosperous general merchant at Alton, this county, and an honored and respected
citizen of Humboldt county. He has won his way to his present success by careful industry and close attention to
the details of his business, and by a wholesome honesty and fair dealing that has gained for him the confidence
and esteem of his friends and patrons.
Mr. Luther was born in Eureka, Humboldt county, California, July 5, 1866. He is the son of Chris and Celia J. (Ferrier)
Luther, well known California pioneers. His childhood and boyhood were passed in Eureka, where he attended the
public schools, graduating from the high school, and later taking a course at the Pacific Business College, in
San Francisco. After completing his education he returned to Eureka and entered the employ of the Wells Fargo Company,
under Fred Bell, remaining in this office for a year. At that time he accepted another position with the same company,
remaining this time for three years. Following this he worked for several months for George Kellogg, county recorder.
The first independent business venture of Mr. Luther was made in the Alton district, whither he went after his
service for Mr. Kellogg, first making a trip through the Eel river valley. He purchased a half interest in the
general merchandise store, at Hydesville, with Mr. Beckwith. After the partnership had continued for a short time
they purchased another similar business in Alton, and Mr. Luther became the manager of this latter store, Mr. Beckwith
continuing in charge of the store at Hydesville. The enterprise prospered, but after a short time the partnership
was dissolved, and Mr. Luther became the independent owner of the Alton store in 1890. It was the only general
merchandise store in Alton at that time, and has continued to hold the field up to the present.
In addition to the general merchandise store, Mr. Luther is also interested in the buying and selling of farm produce,
and especially in grain, potatoes and peas. He has handled nearly all of the produce from the valley farms for
many years, and is exceedingly popular with the farmers. Several years ago there were many potatoes grown in the
valley, and one year he shipped seventeen hundred tons out of Alton. Recently, however, this industry has practically
Mr. Luther is also the postmaster of Alton, having held this position since 1890. He is also a notary public, and
is agent for several standard fire insurance companies, including the Hartford, Royal and Fireman's Fund.
Although the business interests of Mr. Luther have been varied and extensive, they have not absorbed all of his
time and attention. He is a director of the Fortuna Bank, having been elected in 1913, and is prominent in fraternal
and other local affairs. He was made a Mason in Eel River Lodge No. 147 at Fortuna; is a member of Ferndale Chapter
No. 78, R. A. M., and of Eureka Commandery No. 35, K. T., and of Islam Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., San Francisco.
In politics he is a Republican, and is well informed and vitally interested in all questions that affect the public
The marriage of Mr. Luther occurred in Eureka in August, 1885, uniting him with Miss Inez Moore, a native of Canada,
born at Oak Bay, New Brunswick. She came to California with her parents in 1878, locating in Humboldt county, where
she has since resided. She has borne her husband four children, two sons and two daughters: Nina V., Shirley C.,
Lloyd and Rosebud.
Mrs. Luther is the daughter of Benjamin and Adelia Moore, who came to Humboldt county more than thirty five years
ago and have since then made this their home. Her father worked as a ship's carpenter, following this occupation
practically all of his life. In the east he worked for a time on the ill fated steamer, the Great Eastern, which
was destroyed by fire in New York harbor, and on which many lives were lost.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Luther are popular with a wide circle of personal friends. Mr. Luther is recognized as one of
the leading business men of his district, and one who has done much for the development of the community. He has
been very successful, and his efforts have been a benefit to the town and to the surrounding country, and are recognized
as such by the progressive farmers of the vicinity.
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915
Humboldt County, CA
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