Biography of Carl F. Loyd
Tulare County, CA Biographies





CARL F. LOYD.
Carl F. Loyd, proprietor of Loyd's undertaking establishment in Porterville, one of the best and most completely outfitted establishments of its kind in California, is a native son of Porterville and has been a resident of that city all his life, actively identified with the business affairs of the community since the days of his boyhood. Mr. Loyd is a member of one of the real pioneer families of this section of California and is thoroughly familiar with the history and traditions of the community, his parents both having been here at the beginning of orderly settlemeht hereabout. He was born September 5, 1889, and is a son of John W. and Jane (Campbell) Loyd, the latter of whom is still living, one of the honored pioneer residents of Porterville. Mrs. Loyd also was born in California and is a daughter of David Campbell, a Kentuckian, who came to this state by the plains route in 1849 and presently became one of the first residents of the Porterville district in what is now Tulare county, the Porterville settlement at that time having had but three houses and a small store to distinguish it as a nucleus around which a city might grow. He engaged in cattle raising and fruit growing in this district and was for many years one of its substantial and helpful residents. He lived to the age of eighty seven years and his family is numerously represented hereabout. David Campbell was an active member of the California Pioneer Society and at his passing left a good memory in the community which he had done much to develop.

The late John W. Loyd, a veteran of the Civil war, was a native of Arkansas who had come into California by the plains route and was for some time engaged in mining in the Green Valley district in Placer county. In 1861 he came to what now is Tulare county but which then was included within the confines of the great county of Mariposa, "mother of counties", and engaged in sheep raising in the Porterville district. He later went into the mercantile business in Porterville and there established his home. During the time of the Civil war Mr. Loyd rendered military service as a member of one of the California regiments on duty in connection with the Indian troubles which broke out in this state during that period of national stress. He carried on his mercantile operations for years and for two terms served as postmaster of Porterville. In 1890, when the Southern Pacific Railroad was being built through here Mr. Loyd bought the Arlington Hotel (now the Hotel Porterville), the leading hostelry of that time in Porterville, and did a thriving business, the patronage bestowed by the men engaged in construction work keeping his hotel filled to overflowing. He was one of the leaders of the republican party in Tulare county and in addition to his two terms of service as postmaster of Porterville also had rendered public service as a town trustee, a school trustee and a justice of the peace. John W. Loyd died in 1906. As noted above, his widow is still living in Porterville, for many years one of the active workers in the congregation of the First Methodist Episcopal church. She has five sons, the immediate subject of this biographical review having four brothers: Wesley, Edgar W. and J. Webb Loyd of Porterville. and Thomas Loyd of Los Angeles. Reared in Porterville, Carl F. Loyd finished his education in the high school in that city and was for some years after leaving school employed as a clerk in the post office. Meanwhile he was perfecting plans for getting into business on his own account and in 1917, after taking a course of instruction in the Worsham School of Embalming in San Francisco, bought the old established undertaking business of W. J. Murray in Porterville, a business in which he since has been engaged. In September, 1923, Mr. Loyd completed and opened at No. 401 North Hockett street, one of the finest and most adequately furnished undertaking establishments in California, his equipment in this new place conforming in every way to the highest standards of modern usage with respect to the exacting requirements of his profession, and since then he has made further improvements as developing conditions required until now he has a mortuary establishment to which the community well may point with pride. Mr. Loyd is a republican, as was his father, and is now serving as deputy coroner of Tulare county. He not only has been diligent in his own business but has been attentive to general local development work along commercial and industrial lines and in 1924 served as a member of the board of directors of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce.

On June 20, 1910, Carl F. Loyd was united in marriage to Miss Ruby Conner, also a member of one of the pioneer families of Tulare county, born in the city of Tulare, a daughter of George W. Conner. Mr. and Mrs. Loyd have one child: A daughter, Melba Jean Loyd. Mr. Loyd is a Royal Arch Mason, affiliated with Porterville Lodge No. 303, F. & A. M., and is a past exalted ruler of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

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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