DOC & FANNIE LACEY                                                         

A Chronology

 

1870 May 1         Peter Elijah “Doc”Lacey born to Lewis Madison Lacey and Margaret Lodriski White Lacey in Locke Hill Community, Texas. His father, Lewis, was born in Illinois and came to Texas as a young man. His mother, Margaret, was born in Texas her father Peter White was a Stephan Austin Colonist. Locke Hill was about twelve miles from downtown San Antonio on the Fredericksburg Road (now a part of San Antonio). He got the nickname “Doc” because his Grandfather and namesake, Reverend Elijah Lacey, who had done some frontier doctoring, was known as “Doc”

 

                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 Frederickburg Road from the Church. As Peter grew up the Locke Hill Church and School were the center of activity for miles around. The School was in the Church building and the Lacey children and others of the community were taught there. The Lacey family lived at a house near the stage stop.

 

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 Boerne Academy until he was 17. Peter received a pretty good education for the times.

 

1888ish     Family tradition says the boys (Peter and the other Locke Hill boys?) rode range caring for cattle. They drove some herds up into Kansas and Wyoming. See: The Trail Drivers of Texas (University Of Texas Press, 1985) for flavor.

 

1890                            The Lacey family moved into San Antonio, Peter worked at Schassee’s Drug Store for several years.

 

1894/97     Sometime during this period Peter made his way to Lincoln Co. New Mexico. How got there is not clear. In 1894 His Aunt Mahala Lacey moved with her son Tobe and his family to this area. In their account, as told by Tobe’s daughter who was seven at the time, a young drover is mentioned, could this be Peter? Also in this time frame his uncle, Joshua Collins Lacey, moved his family to the area and settled in White Oaks and started a ranch. Peter, or Doc as he was called, probably cowboyed when he first got to Lincoln County. In White Oaks he met Fannie Lalone.

 

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 to New Mexico about 1862 from New York State. Her mother, Estanislada Padilla was born in Manzano, New Mexico but with her uncle’s family and many, others migrated south to the Lincoln area in the mid-1860s. Fannie was raised in Nogal her schooling was only through the 2nd grade. Her father sold milk and butter to Fort Stanton, raised hay for other ranchers and later sold vegetables a few miles north in White Oaks where there was a mining boom going on.

 

                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 El Paso and Northeastern had made a terminal there on the Line between El Paso and Tucumcari. Doc and Fannie went to San Antonio in the spring of 1903 to visit his family, Doc went to work at a drugstore. Fannie was unhappy there, she felt that Doc’s family looked down on her. In the spring of 1904 they moved their family back to Carrizozo and Doc went to work for the Railroad.

 

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 Baptist Church. It was a large boxed tent. Their teachers were Mr. Ladd, Mrs. Gumm and Miss Means. Peter started building a house just east of the Spence house but never finished it. ¿Wonder why? ed.

 

1907                            The Laceys moved to a little house just west of the Gurney house (later it was the Branum house). The Gurney’s owned the Rail Road eating house.

 

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. Alma almost died, she was sick for weeks and it took her months to recuperate. At age 4 she had to learn to walk all over again.

 

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

                        people.

                           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.

                                    Very respectfully,

                                                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.

 

                Sometime in these years they moved into a house just north of the Barber house at the west end of 11th St.

 

1916 June 11      A daughter, June Madeline was born.

 

1918 May 11       A son, Herbert Lee was born.

 

1918/19     Margie 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 El Paso. Doc’s sister Vicroria, who had lived for some years in both White Oaks and Carrizozo, had moved her family there two years earlier. Their cousin Lawrence Lee and his wife Essie had also moved to El Paso the year before Victoria. Family and friends would provide a good environment for a developing family. Doc worked for the Railroad.

 

1925/26     Another cousin, “Uncle” Arthur Lee got Doc interested in moving to Encinitas California to grow potatoes. Doc, Fannie and children; Alma, Lucille, Frannie, June and Herbie packed up and moved. The farming experiment didn’t work out so well; Arthur wanted to be the promoter and Doc the muscle, the Nematodes got the potatoes.

 

1928                            Almost all of Fannie’s brothers and sisters had moved to Sierra Madre, California by this time and they convinced Doc and Fannie to join them. Alma and Lucille stayed in Encinitas; the rest of the children joined the large number of their LaLone cousins in Sierra Madre. Doc got a job as caretaker on the “Mia Italia” Estate on N. Lima and the family settled in to a little cottage just behind the Estate on Grove St.

 

1937 Jan. 20       Peter Elijah “Doc” Lacey died a few months shy of his 67th birthday. He is buried in the Sierra Madre Cemetery.

 

                Fannie 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 Pasadena except Lucille, who remained in Encinitas. Children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and a solid anchor at Bethany Church made this era a wonderful time for Fannie.

 

                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 New Mexico and married Estanislada Padilla in 1868.  Tioflio La Lone, the Mexican spelling for Theophilus La Londe, was born in 1837 to Louis and Mary la Londe in Ogdenburg, New York.  He left home at age 14 to find his own way on the busy St. Lawrence River working first as pilot, then mate and finally captain.  he left Kingston, Canada, in 1858 and came to the new territory of New Mexico in 1862.  he was one of the early pioneers of notorious Lincoln County.  A somewhat unsuccessful cattleman, he fathered 10 children, 6 survived to adulthood.  They were Rebecca, Fanny, Fred, Carrie, Addie and Louis.  Though Tioflio lived 48 years in Lincoln County, New Mexico was still a territory when he died in 1908.  Estanislada died the year after New Mexico was granted statehood, 1912.

 

The eldest child, Rebecca Tinnon, born in 1871, was the only child to take permanent residence in Texas.  The others all married and started their families in White Oaks and Carizozo, New Mexico.  As the families grew, they separated seeking work in various towns in Texas and Arizona.

 

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 Pasadena City Schools and Jo Sanchez, husband of Addie, went into construction work.  Then, in 1924, Fred La Lone and his family settled in Sierra Madre.  Fred worked at the old Palm Nursery in town.  Finally, in 1928, the Lacey's arrived.  "Doc" Lacey, Fanny's husband, became the gardener for Miss Thomasella Graham, owner of the Italia Mia estate on north Lima.  After his death in 1937, Fanny lived in the area with her children and is now at a nursing home in Pasadena.  Since 1928, the families have grown, but most stayed in Southern California and near their "family".

 

The Lacey, La Lone, La Londe, and Sanchez families met at the Sierra Madre Recreational Center, December 7, 1975, to renew the old ties and meet the new members.  Lucille Waite, daughter of Fanny Lacey, organized the entire affair.  The group spans five (5) generations.

                                   

 

The children and grandchildren of Doc and Fannie:

 

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

                Jimmy Cole

                               

Alma Lacey Spargur  1903 / 1970

        b. White Oaks

        m. William Spargur in Calif.

                Billy Spargur                      

                       

Birda Lacey  1904 / 2004

        b. Carrizzo

        Never married, occupation, School Teacher

 

Lucille “Cille” Lacey Waite  1909 / 2007 

        b. Carrizozo

        m. Paul Waite in Calif.        

                Jan Waite Bittner               

                Diane Waite Unfried                    

                Curt Waite

 

Frannie Lacey Dawson  1912 / 1986

        b. Carrizozo

        m. Bob Dawson in El Paso   

                Carolyn Dawson Stillman

 

June Lacey Eastwood  1916 / 1972

        b. Carrizozo

        m. Douglas Eastwood in Calif.

                Richard Eastwood       

                Sharon Eastwood Moore       1945 /1990

                Jean Eastwood Burns                  

                Pete Eastwood

                David Eastwood

                       

Herb Lacey 1918 / 1992

        b. Carrizozo

        m. Norma Wells in Calif.

                Cheryl Lacey Willey                     

                Janet Lacey Jacques                   

                Dawn Lacey Fiori