Jeffery J. La Marsna

The life of Jeffery J. LaMarsna embraced the period from 1846, when he was born in Canada, to January 24, 1907, when he died at his home in Tulare, Tulare county, Cal. As a babe of six weeks he was brought from his birth-place to Michigan, whence his parents later removed to Illinois, and there he grew up and ac­quired some little education in public schools. In 1862, whe-n-1P_ was only about sixteen years old, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry and did soldier's duty in the Civil war until he lost a leg in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain. When he was able to leave the hospital he returned to his home, crippled for life, when but in his eighteenth year.

In 1872, when he was about twenty-six years old, Mr. LaMarsna married Miss Maria Clough, a native of New Hampshire, and they soon afterward moved to Pottawatomie county, Kas., where, in association with his father and brother, he raised cattle and sheep sixteen. years. Then his services as a soldier and the bodily sacrifice he had made for his country were recognized by his appointment to a position in the pension office at Washington, D. C. After he had labored there four years, he was transferred to Ohio, where for three years he was in the field work of the department.

In 1887 Mr. LaMarsna came to California and located on a farm at Woodville, where he raised crops and stock until 1903. Then he moved to Tulare, where he made his home until he passed away. His ranch of eighty acres was sold when he gave up farm­ing. As a. citizen he was always patriotic and public spirited. Members of the Grand Army of the Republic were proud to hail him as a comrade and he affiliated also with the Royal Society of Good Fellows.

The children of Jeffery J. and Marie (Clough) LaMarsna, four in number, are named as follows : John Walter, who is a rancher at Woodville ; Eber H., who is represented in these pages by a separate sketch ; G. C., who is an electrician, and Ella, who is well known in Tulare.

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