Oscar Lohman Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Oscar Lohman, treasurer of Doña Ana County, who also owns and operates a ranch, came to Las Cruces in 1884. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and at the usual age entered the public schools there, continuing his studies until he had completed the high school course. He afterward engaged in bookkeeping in a wholesale grocery house, where he remained until coming to New Mexico in 1884. For two years thereafter he was employed as a clerk in a mercantile establishment in Las Cruces, and 1886 he established a retail grocery business, which he sold in 1892. In that year he was appointed deputy sheriff of Dona Ana County for a term of two years, and was continued in the office of deputy collector by various reappointments from 1894 until 1901. In the meantime, in 1895, he had established a meat market, which he is still conducting in Las Cruces. In 1901 he was elected county treasurer and collector of Doha Ana county, and his capability in office is indicated by the fact that he has twice been re-elected and is now acting in that capacity. His political allegiance has always been given to the Republican Party, and in 1900 he was chosen for the office of county school superintendent, in which position he served for two years. He has thus continuously been in office for a long period, and over the record of his official career there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil, for his course has been actuated by fidelity to duty and by faithfulness in the discharge of every task devolving upon him. While discharging his official duties he has at the same time continued an active factor in business life, and is engaged in the raising of cattle and goats, having a ranch in the Organ Mountains, where he runs about four thousand head of goats, being the largest raiser of goats in this part of the Territory.

On the 2nd of October, 1889. Mr. Lohman was married in Las Cruces to Miss Alice B. Cuniffe, a daughter of Henry J. Cuniffe, one of the old time settlers of the Territory and American consul at Juarez during the Maximilian rule. To Mr. and Mrs. Lohman have been born three sons and two daughters. Mr. Lohman's fraternal connection is with Aztec Lodge No. 3, A. F. & A. M., of Las Cruces; Polma Camp, Woodmen of the World, and the Improved Order of Red Men. His military experience consists of two years' service as captain of Company A of the First New Mexico Infantry Regiment of the National Guard.


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

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