OWEN L. RECORD
One of Weed’s more popular citizens is Owen L. Record, manager of the Black Butte club room which, under his supervision, is conducted in a manner that has gained for it the patronage of the representative people of the community. He was born in Kokomo County, Indiana, November 27, 1884, a son of John and Della (Tunnes) Record, the former born near Riley, North Carolina, and the latter in Ohio. John Record was a successful physician and surgeon in Indiana, and is now living in San Diego, California. His wife still maintains her Indiana home.
Owen L. Record was educated in the public schools of his native state, after which he learned the trade of iron molding and machine shop work. He was later employed in the rubber business in Kokomo, after which he worked for two and a half years for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. He then joined his grandfather, Laban Tunnes, in the meat and grocery business, with which he was identified until 1911, when he came to the west. En route he stopped at St. Louis, Missouri, for a year, and one year Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there he went to Los Angeles, California, where he conducted a club-house. In that city he lost a fortune in bad investments, after which he went to San Francisco, where he was connected with a club-house for some time. His next move was to Reno, Nevada, where he was associated in business with George Wingfield, a very wealthy mining man, for a short time. He went from there to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he remained a year and then to Sacramento where he opened a cigar store and club room. In 1927 he came back to Weed and is now in charge of the Black Butte card room. In 1921 Mr. Record was united in marriage to Mrs. Maxine McDonald. He is a member of the Los Angeles Lodge, No. 99, B. P. O. E.; Los Angeles Lodge No. 134, L. O. O. M.; Los Angeles Post No. 77, A. L., at Los Angeles, and Seattle Aerie, F. O. E., at Seattle, Washington, the last named being the mother aerie of the order. The fact that his father was a physician long ago gave Owen L. the nickname “Doctor” and it has clung to him, so that he is popularly known by that title.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.