Henry C. L. Luck. One
of the most accomplished editors in Oklahoma is Henry C. L. Luck,
editor and owner of the Beacon Light at Laverne. It is said that Mr.
Luck is a master of five languages, and while still a comparatively
young man he has had a range of experience which is very unusual.
He was born in the
noted Prussian City of Spandau, August 14, 1877, a son of Albert and
Emily (Goettel) Luck, both of whom were natives of Germany. Mr. Luck
was fifth in a family of seven children and the only one of them in
America. he received his early education in the public schools of
Germany, and spent most of his early youth in the City of Berlin.
From the age of fourteen to twenty-one, he served a thorough
apprenticeship and a journeyman’s experience as a machinist.
Following that came
four years of European travel with an American circus, and his
mechanical proficiency, his command of language and general all
around ability made him very
valuable to the concern. For two years he was with Buffalo Bill as an
interpreter during his European tour.
Mr. Luck came to
America in 1904 as valet to Buffalo Bill, but soon afterward left his
service and in 1905 resumed his work as a machinist. Subsequently he
toured the United States with a circus, and in 1907 arrived in
Oklahoma. He located a claim in Ellis County thirteen miles south of
Laverne, and made that the center of his operations for a time. For
two years he lived in the Town of May, and owned and conducted a
machine shop there before his removal to Laverne.
On August 1, 1915,
he bought the plant and business of the Beacon Light, which is a
socialist paper at Laverne, and under his editorial management this
paper has prospered and has widely extended its influence and
circulation. The Beacon Light is now in
its fourth year. Mr. Luck is an active socialist and is identified
with the party in Harper County. He was secretary of the Ellis County
organization in 1910. Mr. Luck has never married. He is a member of
the German Lutheran Church.