Solano County

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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 affiliated 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 Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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