Louis Garcia Colfax County, New Mexico

Louis Garcia, postmaster of Springer, Colfax County, New Mexico, was born seventy miles southeast of Albuquerque, near Manzano, September 25, 1873, son of Juan Garcia and Francisca (Padilla) de Garcia. His father, a minister of the Spanish Methodist Episcopal church, for many years preached on the circuit embracing Manzano and wielded an influence that was felt for good far and wide in the locality in which he labored. He died in 1897. Mr. Garcia's mother is still living. He has three brothers and two sisters, all married and living in New Mexico.

At the age of six or seven years Mr. Garcia came to live with his uncle. Rev. Benito Garcia, of Ciruelita, Mora County. New Mexico, the first ordained Spanish Methodist minister in the world so far as we know.

Louis Garcia was educated in the Mission school, under Mrs. Thomas Harwood, at Tiptonville. New Mexico, and when he started out in the business world it was to work in a printing office at Wagon Mound, the office in which La Flecha (The Arrow) was printed, under the management of W. T. Henderson. The publication of this paper has been discontinued. After remaining there seven or eight months, young Garcia worked at his trade on other papers, among them El Abogado Cristiano, published at Albuquerque, Socorro Chieftain, Raton Range and Colfax County Stockman. He was employed in the Raton Range for about ten years, Capt. G. W. Collier was editor of the paper at that time and continued thus occupied until he was appointed postmaster of Springer, April 18, 1903. Springer was at that time a third-class office. July 14, 1905, it was re-commissioned as a fourth-class office.

Mr. Garcia is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. Politically he is a Republican, and he has served as interpreter in the Republican county convention of Colfax County.

October 22, 1896, he married Miss Lucinda Arellano, at Springer, New Mexico, and they have one daughter, Fabiola Elminda, living, and a son and daughter dead. They are members of the Spanish Methodist Episcopal church.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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