Biography of J. M. Luce
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





J. M. Luce. Born in Maine, July 1, 1838. Here he received his education and followed as an occupation farming and teaching school, until 1860, when he immigrated via Panama to California. He spent the first year of California life working in a quartz mill in Nevada county. In Janaury, 1862, he returned to Maine via Panama. Here he followed farming until the spring of 1866, when he again came to California by the same route, bringing his wife with him. He went to Sutter county and was engaged in different occupations until the fall of 1868, when he went to San Francisco, and in company with A. T. Pinkham, engaged in the grocery business. After about fifteen months, Mr. Luce disposed of his interests and engaged as foreman on a large ranch in Santa Barbara county. Here he remained one year. He then spent one year in Sutter county; after which he went to Butte county, and in company with three of his brothers, rented a large tract of land, which they conducted until the fall of 1877, when the subject of this sketch came to Mendocino county and located on his present place, consisting of one hundred and thirty acres, situated about three miles below Ukiah. Mr. Luce married, March 12, 1865, Miss Annie M. Pinkham, a native of Maine, born in Anson, 1846. Their children are: Kate E., born in San Francisco, February 15, 1869; Samuel T., born in Santa Barbara county, January 8, 1871; Bertha, born in Butte county, February 11, 1873; and Clara M., born in Ukiah, Mendocino county, December 27, 1879.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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