Biography of Ugene U. Blalock
Tulare County, CA Biographies





UGENE U. BLALOCK.
Ugene U. Blalock, a veteran of the World war, with an officer's commission and an overseas record; one of the best known of the younger members of the bar of the Tulare county court; a practicing lawyer of Porterville; and prominently identified with the general social and civic activities of that city and of the county at large, is a native Missourian but has been a resident of California since the days of his boyhood. He was born in the historic old town of Gallatin, Daviess county, Missouri, August 17, 1895, and is a son of the Rev. James M. and Virginia Lee (Board) Blalock, the latter of whom, a native of the state of Missouri, has for many years been in educational work, formerly a superintendent of schools in Missouri and now a teacher in the Olive school district in Tulare county. The Rev. James M. Blalock, a clergyman of the Christian communion, now living retired on his ranch in the vicinity of Porterville, was for years during the time of his residence in Missouri a state evangelist of that church in that state. He later became pastor of a church at Artesia in Eddy county, New Mexico, and in 1909 came with his family to California, entering upon the pastorate of the Christian church in Hanford, Kings county. He later became pastor of the Christian church in Porterville and was in active ministerial labors until his retirement. He and his wife have four sons: the immediate subject of this biographical review, the second in order of birth, having an elder brother, Orville O. Blalock, now a resident of Los Angeles; and two younger brothers, Forest F. Blalock of San Francisco and Cleo C. Blalock of Porterville. The Rev. James M. Blalock is a member of Porterville Camp No. 9064, Modern Woodmen of America.

Ugene U. Blalock was fourteen years of age when he came with his parents to California in 1909. He received his initial schooling in the schools of Marshall, Missouri, and Loving, New Mexico, and finished in the schools of Hanford and Porterville, California, going on through the high school in the latter city. He early became interested in the study of law and before he had attained his majority, in 1916, was graduated from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, receiving there his Bachelor degree in Arts. Following this preparatory course he entered the Harvard Law School at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was in attendance there when in the next year (1917) this country took a hand in the World war and called on its young men to get ready to go. Leaving his studies at Harvard, Mr. Blalock straightway proffered his services in behalf of the army and entered the First Officers Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, up the lake shore out of Chicago, and after a period of intensive training there was given a commission as a second lieutenant and ordered overseas. Then later he was assigned to service with the Sixth Regiment, United States Marines, with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. For twenty seven months he was engaged in military service, twenty months of this period being spent overseas and much of it in active service on the west front, and during this service he was promoted to the rank of captain. In July, 1918, he was returned to the United States as bayonet instructor, and was in charge of the Eighty fourth Division of the National army, stationed at Camp Sherman, Ohio, for three months. He also did lecture work for the Red Cross during this time. He was returned to France in September, 1918, though he did not rejoin his division, but was made traveling field inspector out of general headquarters. In April, 1919, he was one of two thousand chosen to go to school for three months in Great Britain, attending Trinity College at Dublin, Ireland.

Upon the completion of his military service Mr. Blalock resumed his law studies and during his second year he also taught school for one year. He entered the Law School of the University of Southern California, and in 1921 was graduated from that institution with the degree of J. D. and was admitted to the bar. He then returned to his home in Porterville and has since been practicing law in that city, with present offices in the Home Bank building, and has done very well. Mr. Blalock is a member of the local post of the American Legion (No. 93) and has from the beginning taken an active and helpful interest in the affairs of that patriotic organization. He also is a Mason, affiliated with Westlake Lodge No. 392, F. and A. M., at Los Angeles, is a member of the fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias and is also a member of Forterville Aerie No. 1351, Fraternal Order of Eagles. Mr. Blalock is a member of the Elks Lodge, No. 1342, and is now serving as esquire therein.

On January 28, 1922, in Hollywood, Ugene U. Blalock was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Dearholt, who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of L. A. Dearholt. Mr. and Mrs. Blalock have one child: A daughter, Gloria Katherine, born in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Blalock are members of the Porterville Golf and Country Club and take a proper interest in the affairs of that popular social organization as well as in the general social and cultural activities of their home town, being helpful in promoting all good works there.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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