1870 May 1 Peter Elijah “Doc”Lacey born to Lewis
Madison Lacey and Margaret Lodriski White Lacey in Locke Hill Community,
Locke Hill was named for Peter’s Uncle, William
Jackson Locke (the Elton Lacey Book says otherwise but I believe that is
incorrect ) older half brother to Lewis Madison. The focal point to the
community was the Church and adjacent Cemetery, the Cemetery is still there.
Peter’s father and “Jack” Locke ran a supply depot and stage stop about a mile
and a half down the
Locke Hill was out at the edge of major settlements when Peter was born, an example of this were the stories of Clint and Jeff Smith, ages 8 and 11, who were kidnapped by Indians in 1871 just a few miles from there on Cibolo Creek. See: The Boy Captives: Being the True Story of the Experiences and Hardships of Clinton L. Smith and Jeff D. Smith among the Comanche and Apache Indians (Bandera, Texas: Frontier Times, 1927 Reprinted recently). Peter’s father, Lewis, served in the Gillespie Co. Minute Men or Ranger Volunteers who were called to duty when Indians threatened.
Peter’s education continued at the
1888ish Family tradition says the boys (Peter and
the other Locke Hill boys?) rode range caring for cattle. They drove some herds
The Lacey family moved into
1894/97 Sometime during this period Peter made his
way to Lincoln Co.
1876 Dec. 3 Epifania
“Fannie” LaLone was born at her fathers ranch on Magado Creek in the
Saldado Flats of Lincoln County, New Mexico. Her father, Theophilus LaLone came
Fannie was working in the Old Abe Mine manager’s household when she met Doc.
1898 Nov. 7 Doc and Fannie were married in White Oaks.
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 moved back to White Oaks and Doc got a job at the Old Abe Mine, where Fannie’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 Fannie didn’t like that; so a mid-wife, ‘Grandma’ Sandoval delivered the next few.
1899 Sept. 18 A daughter, Margie Thelma was born.
1900 Dec. 17 A daughter, Florence Elzada was born.
1901 Nov. 9 A son, Peter Elijah Jr. was born, he died 4 Months later of pneumonia and is buried in an unmarked grave at Cedarvale Cemerty.
1903 Jan. 31 A daughter, Alma Pearl was born.
1903/04 Things were winding down in White Oaks, the
mines were running out, and there was a new railroad town springing up a few
miles to the south, Carrizozo. The
1904 July 2 A daughter, Birda Mae was born, they lived in a tie house (one made of railroad ties and canvas) at the time. She was the second child born in Carrizozo, Grandma Sandoval was the mid-wife.
1905 Fredrick Hunt was the first Postmaster and in 1905 Doc succeeded him. They moved into the Hunt house (the Means house).
1906 Sept. 2 A son, Louis Earl was born.
1906 In the fall Margie and Flo started
school, it was located just south of the
The Laceys moved to a little house just west of the Gurney
house (later it was the Branum house). The Gurney’s owned the
1907 was hard year; the five children had scarlet
fever. Louis Earl died on June 9th, there was no cemetery in
Carrizozo so Doc donated a parcel of land he owned to start Evergreen Cemetery,
and baby Louis was buried there.
In March there was a fire in the Railroad’s roundhouse, they saved the engines but the building was a total loss. Since the Railroad was a focal point of the community it must have been hard on everyone.
1908 The family moved into a house just north of the Hunt house. Peter worked for Parsons Mining Company up on the Bonita.
1909 The School House and The Methodist Episcopal Church were built.
1909 June 4 From the “Southwest Outlook”
To the People of Carrizozo.
I wish to explain to the people of
Carrizozo the design and plans of
the fairgrounds I have built. It
cost considerable money to fence
the forty acres of ground and to
build a half-mile track and a base
ball diamond, and I am collecting
40 percent of the gate money for
all games pulled off in the fair
grounds, and as soon as there is
enough money collected from such
games I will build a grand stand
for the accommodation of the
But at any time the people of
Carrizozo wish to use grounds
for any purpose in which they do
not charge admission, I would be
very much pleased to donate the
use of the grounds.
I have adopted this plan to avoid
going to the already well drained
business men of our town with a
position begging money.
When the town becomes large
enough we can form a fair associa-
tion and take over the grounds.
PETER E. LACEY
Lucille remembers playing in grandstands.
1909 Oct. 27 A daughter, Elenore “Lucille” was born.
1912 Oct. 2 A daughter, Francis Marian was born.
in these years they moved into a house just north of the Barber house at the
west end of
1916 June 11 A daughter, June Madeline was born.
1918 May 11 A son, Herbert Lee was born.
and Flo were now young ladies and looking for job opportunities, Doc and Fannie
were looking to the future as well. The family moved to
cousin, “Uncle” Arthur Lee got Doc interested in moving to Encinitas
Almost all of
Fannie’s brothers and sisters had moved to Sierra Madre,
1937 Jan. 20 Peter
Elijah “Doc” Lacey died a few months shy of his 67th birthday. He is
buried in the
continued to live in Sierra Madre with her son Herbie. World War II came,
Herbie joined the Navy. In the years following the war the family, like so many
others changed itself around a bit. By the 1950’s all the children lived in
Sierra Madre or
Birda never married, Margie was married a short time in the 50’s most of their adult lives they lived together. In the 60’s Fannie moved in with them, later as she aged and her eyesight failed she moved into a nursing home. Margie and Birda visited her every day she was in the nursing home, one in the morning and the other at night. Other members of the family visited frequently; after her daughter, June, died in 1973 her husband, Doug, visited almost every Sunday after church.
1978 Nov. 7 Fannie LaLone Lacey died a month before her 102nd birthday. She is buried next to Doc in Sierra Madre.
Fannie and Doc were staunch Christians, Doc bringing his frontier Methodist heritage with him. Fannie was a member of the W.C.T.U. Her father and Doc were products of the frontier where drinking alcohol was a way of life. She reformed Doc who was otherwise a gentle and respectable man. Fannie always wanted the best for her children. I think, looking at her great grand children, she would have a lot to be proud of.
Taken from The View From Sierra Madre, printed Thursday, December 25, 1975
99th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
One hundred and seven family members met to
celebrate the 99th birthday of Fanny La
Londe Lacey, its oldest living member.
This extended family stems from a French-American river boat captain,
Tioflio La Lone, who came to
The eldest child, Rebecca Tinnon, born in 1871,
was the only child to take permanent residence in
Leaving the hard life of copper mining, the Leal's
were the first to come to Sierra Madre in 1921.
Julian Leal, Carries Husband, worked on the orange ranches in this area
including the one owned by Lucky Baldwin. They had no children. Two years later,, the La Londe's and Sanchez'
came here for a vacation, loved the area, and stayed. Louis La Londe was offered the job of
caretaker with the
The Lacey, La Lone, La
Londe, and Sanchez families met at the
The children and grandchildren of Doc and Fannie:
b. White Oaks
m. Charles Fredrick in
Flo Lacey Kerny 1900 / 1985
b. White Oaks
m. Ruben Cole in
m. Mark Kerny in
‘Wanda’ Cole Stevens
b. White Oaks
m. William Spargur in
Birda Lacey 1904 / 2004
Never married, occupation, School Teacher
Lucille “Cille” Lacey Waite 1909 / 2007
m. Paul Waite in
Jan Waite Bittner
Diane Waite Unfried
Frannie Lacey Dawson 1912 / 1986
m. Bob Dawson in
Carolyn Dawson Stillman
June Lacey Eastwood 1916 / 1972
m. Douglas Eastwood in
Sharon Eastwood Moore 1945 /1990
Jean Eastwood Burns
Herb Lacey 1918 / 1992
m. Norma Wells in
Cheryl Lacey Willey
Janet Lacey Jacques
Dawn Lacey Fiori