HON. ALTON W. JEFFUS
Hon. Alton W. Jeffus, the efficient postmaster of Brawley, was born on a ranch in Houston county, Texas, January 4, 1900, his parents being Ira L. and Ella Virginia (Allen) Jeffus, the latter a native of Alabama. I. L. Jeffus, who was also born in the Lone Star state, is now living in the Brawley Imperial Valley and is associated with the Imperial Irrigation District. To him and his wife, who also survives, have been born eleven children, eight of whom are living.
Alton W. Jeffus acquired his education in the public schools of Texas and worked as a rancher for some years. When this country became involved in the World war he enlisted in the United States Navy and was on duty at the Great Lakes Training Station and on the U. S. S. Arizona. He was honorably discharged at Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, on the 17th of October, 1919, and on the 30th of December of that year came to Brawley, where he began working in the post office in November, 1920. He served as clerk from 1920 to 1924 and from 1924 to the 9th of January, 1931, as assistant postmaster. He was then appointed by President Herbert Hoover to the position of postmaster, in which he has served most acceptably to 1934.
On the 25th of October, 1925, Mr. Jeffus was united in marriage to Miss Ethelyn Headington, born near Humansville, Missouri, a daughter of Madison L. and Naomi (Friend) Headington. They are the parents of three children, namely: Alton W., born June 29, 1928; Eugene Levelle, born December 15, 1931; and Franklin Delano, who was born June 8, 1938. The youngest son of Mr. Jeffus was named in honor of President Roosevelt, who sent him a beautifully embroidered handkerchief and a letter of congratulation.
Mr. Jeffus is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club and has not missed a meeting in nine years, at times traveling long distances in order to attend. A worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the Masoni fraternity, he is a member of Brawley Lodge, No. 402, F. & A. M., and he and his wife belong to Alamo Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, of which he was patron in 1933. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian Church of which he is an elder, and Mrs. Jeffus also takes an active part in church and missionary work. They are a popular young couple of the community in which they reside, having a circle of friends which is almost coextensive with the circle of their acquaintance.
Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.
Source: California of the South Vol. V, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 79-80, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 Cecelia M. Setty.