Placer County







            George E. Lukens, a prominent business and professional man of Auburn, Placer County, California, is a native of Wabash County, Indiana, born April 2, 1851.  The Lukens family is of Scotch origin and its first representatives in this country were residents of Massachusetts.  Abraham Lukens, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was in early life a Philadelphian.  At an early period in the history of Ohio he moved west to that state, and it was there that his son Mathias, the father of George E., was born.  In 1834 the family went over into Indiana and settled on Eel River, in Wabash County.  Mathias Lukens married Miss Nancy Rentz, a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who survives him and is now seventy-three years of age.  He died in 1897 at the age of seventy-eight years.  For many years they were prominent and active members of the Baptist Church, he serving as the clerk of the church.  To them were born nine children, of whom five are now living, two of the number being in California, Charles A., of Placerville, and George E.

            George E. Lukens was educated in Wabash Seminary and Franklin College and pursued a course in the Albany Law School, of which last named institution he is a graduate, with the degree of Bachelor of Law, in the class of 1885.  He came to California in 1873, and on the 15th of December, 1880, he was married to Miss Dora B. Cram, a native of El Dorado County.  Subsequently taking up the study of law, he applied himself to the same and was duly admitted to the bar.  Then he was elected and served two terms as the district attorney of Alpine County.  It was after this, in 1884, that he returned east and entered the Albany Law School.  Coming back to California after his graduation the following year, he located at Clarksville.  He practiced there and at Placerville until 1898, when he came to Auburn.  Here he purchased a residence and a store, and in addition to having supervision over the store, continues his practice.  The store, in which they carry a stock of both new and second-hand goods, was purchased for his sons, and it is the intention to turn it over entirely to them as soon as they become of age.  Mr. and Mrs. Lukens have five children, namely:  S. Guy, Judson Earl, Nancy P., Gladis G., and Dora May.  Mr. Lukens is politically a Republican and fraternally a Knight of Pythias.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 635-636. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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