Elected sheriff of Orange County in November, 1930, by the largest vote ever given a candidate for this position, Logan Jackson has since filled the office to the entire satisfaction of his fellow citizens. He was born in Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, California, September 13, 1884, a son of Major William and Mary C. (Francis) Jackson. The father, whose birth occurred in Tennessee in 1822, was a lad of ten years when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Missouri, in which state he resided for many years. He engaged in dairying, took an active part in local affairs and was a member of the Missouri state constitutional convention. During the Civil War he served in the Union Army as major of the Third Missouri Cavalry. Subsequently he came to California, residing first in Sonoma County, then in San Luis Obispo County, and afterward in Santa Barbara County, devoting his attention to dairy farming with excellent success. On the 1st of January, 1903, Major Jackson took up his abode in Orange, Orange County, where he died in 1911 at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, passing away in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was a member. He was also affiliated with the Masonic fraternity for a period covering sixty years, and he gave his political allegiance to the Republican Party. In 1863 he married Miss Mary C. Francis, a native of Missouri, whose death occurred December 19, 1930. They became the parents of eight children, five of whom survive, namely: Logan, of this review; Mrs. Julia H. Stafford, of Santa Barbara, California; Mrs. Hattie M. Ross, of Oxnard, California; Fred C., a resident of San Jose, this state; and Robert H., of Whittier, California. Another member of the family was the late Grant Jackson, judge of the superior court of Los Angeles County, who died in 1925.
In the acquirement of an education Logan Jackson attended the public schools of Santa Barbara County and the high school at Orange. After putting aside his textbooks he learned the plastering and bricklaying trades and in 1910 turned his attention to the contracting business. He owns a good ranch at El Modeno and is ranked with the most substantial and respected citizens of Orange County. Mr. Jackson had made a creditable record during eight years’ service as constable of Orange Township when in November, 1930, he was elected sheriff of Orange County by an unprecedented majority. Since assuming the office he has discharged his duties in a highly satisfactory manner, without fear or favor, and his record has fully justified the confidence and support of his constituents.
On the 21st of June, 1913, Mr. Jackson married Miss Helen Fullerton, of Orange, California, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Fullerton, and a representative of one of the oldest and best known families of Orange County. Mrs. Jackson is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. She resides with her husband in an attractive home at 1901 North Flower Street, Santa Ana.
In politics Mr. Jackson is a staunch Republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian Church. He belongs to Post No. 132 of the American Legion and fraternally is affiliated with the following Masonic bodies: Orange Grove Lodge, No. 293, F. & A. M.; Santa Ana Commandery, No. 36, K. T.; and Al Malaikah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Los Angeles. He is also a member of Orange Lodge, No. 225, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Orange Lodge, No. 1475, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Southern California has always been his home and his course at all times has commended him to the confidence and esteem of his fellowmen.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 235-237, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.