P.E. “Doc” Lacey and Fannie LaLone
By Rich Eastwood
and Margaret White Lacey were early settlers near San
Antonio, TX at a place
called Locke Hill. Here a son, Peter Elijah Lacey, was born May 1, 1870. The Laceys ran a stagecoach stop and
store on the Fredericksburg Road. Peter or
“Doc” as he was called attended Bourne Academy until he
was seventeen. He punched cattle with the rest of the boys, working herds to Kansas and Wyoming. The Laceys
moved into San Antonio in 1890 and
Peter worked in a Drug Store for several years.
Lacey Family trace their roots back to 1600’s Virginia, every generation or two
moving further on, to the frontier. “Doc” was no different; sometime in the mid
1890’s “Doc” came to Lincoln County. He
probably traveled from Texas with his
cousins, the Tobe Lacey family. (They ended up in Douglas, AZ.) The Lincoln County area was
familiar to the Laceys, one of “Doc’s” uncles, Asa Lacey and some other
extended family members had ranched and tried their luck at mining in the 1880s
and had returned to Texas; another
Uncle, J.C. Lacey had settled in Texas Park near White
Oaks. “Doc’s” sister Victoria Thompson later came to White Oaks with her
children and provided for her family as a seamstress.
LaLone was born to Tioflio Lalonde (Lalone) and ‘Lada Padilla Lalonde at their
ranch on Magado Creek, Dec. 3,
1876. The Lalones were longtime ranchers and farmers in Lincoln County. They were
part of the folks that came from the Manzano area and first settled at Missouri Plaza. The mid
1890’s found them in White Oaks and Fannie was working in the household of the
man that was running the Old Abe Mine at the time of the fire in 1895.
and Fannie were married in White Oaks November
7, 1898. For their wedding night he had rented a room at Mrs.
Gallagher’s, just as they were settling in there was a terrible ruckus outside,
their friends were yellin’ and hollerin’ and banging pots and pans, so they had
to get up and get dressed and let them in for a visit. “Doc” was cowboying for
the Carrizozo Cattle Company down at the McDonald place, he moved Fannie there
but she was terribly lonely. An oldtimer, Johnny Patton, was the cook there and
Fanny would put on her gloves and go visit him. He took her under his wing, one
day he commented that she didn’t have a ring, she said that they didn’t have
the money; a short time later, Johnny bought a ring for her as a wedding
present and she wore that ring for the rest of her life. Fannie wasn’t happy on
the ranch so they move back to White Oaks and “Doc” got a job at the Old Abe
Mine, where Fanny’s brother-in-law, Dave Tinnon, had become the foreman. “Doc”
also worked in a saloon and some stores including Ziegler’s. Their first three
daughters, Margie, Flo and Alma were born in White Oaks, Doctor Paden delivered
Margie but Fanny didn’t like that; so a mid-wife, ‘Grandma’ Sandoval delivered
the next few.
1904 they moved to Carrizozo and “Doc” went to work for the railroad. Their
daughter, Birda, was born that year while they lived in a tie house (made from
railroad ties and canvas). She was the second child born Carrizozo, she was
delivered by ‘Grandma’ Sandoval. Fredrick Hunt was the first Postmaster; in
1905 “Doc” succeeded him. In 1906, son Louis was born; the next year was hard,
all the children had Scarlet Fever and Louis died. There was no cemetery to
bury the baby in, so “Doc” donated the land where Evergreen Cemetery is now.
“Doc” gave up his job as postmaster and in 1908 he went to work for the Parson
Mining Company on the Bonita. By 1909 he had built a racetrack and baseball
diamond (and later grandstands) in Carrizozo, for the community to use.
Daughters, Lucille, Francis, June and a son, Herbert, were born in Carrizozo,
delivered by Doctor Lucas. For quite a number of years “Doc” worked the roundup
season at the Block Ranch as a cook; as well as clerk jobs around town.
working for the Railroad again and in 1919, he got a transfer with the Railroad
and family moved to El Paso so the
older girls would have more opportunities. Margie went to business school and
Flo and Alma went to work for the telephone company. After a few years, they
were on the move again; another uncle and some cousins talked him into moving
to Encinitas, CA, where they
planned on raising potatoes, it didn’t work out.
Most of the family then moved to the
Sierra Madre, CA area where Fannie’s sister Carrie and husband Julian Leal then
lived. Fanny’s late sister Addie’s husband Joe Sanchez and her brothers, Fred
LaLone and Luis LaLonde and their families had moved to that neighborhood as
well. It was 1928; “Doc” got a job as the caretaker on an estate called “Mia
Italia” in Sierra Madre. “Doc” died there in 1937, Fanny died in 1978, in
nearby Pasadena, a month
before her 102nd birthday.
Margie Lacey Fredericks 1899 / 1997
b. White Oaks
m. Charles Fredrick in Calif.
Flo Lacey Kerny 1900 / 1985
b. White Oaks
m. Ruben Cole in Calif.
m. Mark Kerny in Calif.
‘Wanda’ Cole Stevens
Alma Lacey Spargur 1903 / 1970
b. White Oaks
m. William Spargur in Calif.
Birda Lacey 1904 / 2004
Never married, occupation, School
Lucille “Cille” Lacey Waite 1909 / 2007
m. Paul Waite in Calif.
Jan Waite Bittner
Diane Waite Unfried
Frannie Lacey Dawson 1912 / 1986
m. Bob Dawson in El Paso
June Lacey Eastwood 1916 / 1972
m. Douglas Eastwood in Calif.
Sharon Eastwood Moore 1945 /1990
Jean Eastwood Burns
Herb Lacey 1918 / 1992
m. Norma Wells in Calif.
Cheryl Lacey Willey
Dawn Lacey Fiori