Jose Ramon Lucero Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Jose Ramon Lucero, sheriff of Dona Ana county and regent of the Agricultural College of New Mexico, makes his home in Las Cruces. He was born in Dona Ana County, February 19, 1867, a son of Barbara and Macedonia (Trujillo) Lucero. His father is operating a flour mill at Las Cruces and is a representative business man of the city. He was born in Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico, in 1837, and when seventeen years of age was employed by the government of the United States to assist in making the survey of the boundary line of the Gadsden Purchase under Major Emory. He was at Mesilla in 1854 when the first American flag was raised there, and he has since resided in New Mexico, and is a prominent cattleman of this part of the country, having extensive and valuable ranches, mostly in Dona Ana County. In late years, in connection with his son, Jose R., he has operated a roller flour mill and is yet associated with this enterprise. He is a strong Republican, active in support of the party and thoroughly in sympathy with its policy and principles, yet he does not seek nor care for office.

Jose R. Lucero pursued a common school education, and after putting aside his text-books was engaged in the sheep raising industry with his father for six years. He then sold his interest in the sheep business and turned his attention to cattle raising, also becoming connected with the milling business as manager of his father's mill. He still has cattle interests in the county, having a good ranch which is well stocked. In 1896 he was elected probate clerk, serving in the office for four years, or until 1900. He was then elected sheriff, and was re-elected in 1902, and again in 1904, so that he is for the third term the incumbent in the position. He has also been school director of Las Cruces and is a Republican in his political views. In April, 1890, Mr. Lucero was married to Miss Simona Lopez, and to them have been born four children: Adela, Jose, Arturo and Jacobo.

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

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