Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Ensen Mason is pleased to present another fascinating story of the many great county residents that have served in his position since 1853.

Truman Reeves was born on August 17, 1840, in Chardon, Ohio.  His parents were of English ancestry.  He lived on his father’s farm until 1857 when he entered the shop of Julius King in Warren, Ohio to acquire the skills of a watchmaker and jeweler.

Truman Reeves served three years with the Sixth Ohio Cavalry, where he served valiantly.

During the battle of Cold Harbor on May 28, 1864, a bullet shattered his left arm so severely that he lost it and was confined to the hospital for seven months.  Reeves enlisted as a private but returned to Ohio as a second lieutenant and brevet first lieutenant.

In 1883, he bought ten acres of land in what was then Lugonia, which is now part of Redlands. He planted rows of oranges, peaches and apricots. In 1890, Reeves built a house, with the central section being the first schoolhouse in Lugonia, built in October 1877.

In 1890, Reeves was elected as county treasurer, and in 1898, he was elected as state treasurer, serving for two terms.

In 1924, he was found dead at his home in Sacramento at the age of 83 after being ill for nearly two months. His burial site is located at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, California.

Additional County Update News – April 25, 2024