CARL H. SPURLOCK.
Carl H. Spurlock, horticultural commissioner in and for Solano county, with headquarters in the court house in
Fairfield, is one of the youngest commissioners to get an appointment of this kind in California. Mr. Spurlock
was born on May 19, 1896, in Round Valley, Mendocino county, near the town of Covelo, and is a son of T. F. and
Mary Ann (Eldred) Spurlock, both of whom were born in California, the former in Leesville, Colusa county, the son
of Marshall Ney Spurlock, and the latter in Honcut, Butte county, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Eldred, pioneers
of this state. The Spurlocks are direct descendants of King James VI of Scotland and Marshall Ney of France, who
was with Napoleon through his battles against Europe. Both names have been handed down from generation to generation.
Reared on the home ranch in Mendocino county, Carl H. Spurlock completed his local schooling in the high school
in Covelo, and from the days of his boyhood has not only been interested in horticultural development, but diversified
farming as well. Early contact with the details of this life gave Mr. Spurlock a responsibility that has played
an important part in placing him in agriculture so prominently so early in life. When the war began in 1917 Mr.
Spurlock was one of the first to leave his county, quickly unharnessing a six horse team to catch the train for
war. He was assigned to Company L, Three Hundred and Sixty first Infantry, in training at Camp Lewis, Washington.
A few weeks later he was transferred to the mustering office and acted in that capacity until the end of the war.
Upon completion of his military service Mr. Spurlock entered the State Agricultural College at Davis, and in May,
1921, was graduated from that institution, honor man of his class. He has the distinction of going through high
school and college with only two units of "twos," the rest being all "ones." Mr. Spurlock took
his school life as seriously as he would a business venture. Thus equipped for this special service in the field
of horticulture, he became connected with a large orchard concern in Monticello, Napa county, as orchard foreman.
He spent two and a half years in this capacity, when he successfully passed the state examination for commissioners
of horticulture, and in September, 1923, when in his twenty seventh year, was appointed horticultural commissioner
of Solano county. At that time the horticultural commissioner had no office, but Mr. Spurlock established an office
in the court house in Fairfield and set about building up the duties of that responsible position. During this
term of service he has done much to concentrate the attention of growers in this county on the need of systematic
and scientific processes in their operations and has rendered a technical service along this line.
Mr. Spurlock has for more than two years been editor of the Solano County Farm Bureau Monthly, an excellent monthly
magazine of forty pages which reaches the home of every farmer in the county. This is not Mr. Spurlock's first
editorial service, for during the time of his attendance at college he was editor of the California Aggie, a college
weekly of wide popularity, and he thus brings to his present editorial duties a measure of training and experience
that is reflected in the general excellence of his admirable monthly publication. At the Sacramento State Fair
in September, 1925, Solano county for the first time for many years came into the limelight. Mr. Spurlock took
charge of the fair exhibit and through his weeks of efforts was able to win for Solano county two beautiful silver
cups, sixty ribbons and many money prizes. These were the first trophies ever won by Solano county at state fairs.
On February 20, 1925, in Suisun, California, Carl H. Spurlock was united in marriage to Miss Muriel Dunker, a native
daughter of Solano county, born in the pleasant village of Cordelia, daughter of Judge and Mrs. John H. Dunker.
Mr. and Mrs. Spurlock reside in Suisun and on January 18, 1926, their home was blessed by the arrival of a son,
Carl Harlan Spurlock, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Spurlock are both members of the Order of Eastern Star and Rebekah lodges
in Suisun and in other ways take an interested and helpful part in the county's social and cultural activities.
Mr. Spurlock is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having been raised a Master Mason in Buckeye Lodge No. 195
at Winters, California, and is affiliate with the Royal Arch Masons (No. 43) at Suisun. He is also a member of
Suisun Lodge No. 78, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; is affiliated with the local organization of the Sciots
at Vallejo and is a member of Napa Parlor No. 62, Native Sons of the Golden West, in Napa.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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