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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.