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Mojave Desert History - Pioneer of the Mojave
An Esteemed and Confoundedly Combatitive Pioneer

An Esteemed and Confoundedly Combatitive Pioneer

While it is true that Captain Lane spent his life on the Mojave Desert in comparative isolation, this was because of his health and not by choice. By all accounts, he very much enjoyed the company of others and became involved in the affairs of the communities in which he lived.

What few records are available show that while in Ione Valley he served at least as a road supervisor and as a member of the Settler's League. During his years in San Bernardino County he served in minor public positions on several occasions. He presided as Judge of the Plains in 1864, and was appointed road overseer in 1858, 1873 and 1874.

Throughout the 1870s and early 1880s Lane volunteered his home as a polling place and served in official positions during the elections, either as an inspector or a judge, making sure that proper procedures were followed and that those who voted were qualified to do so. Functioning in these capacities enabled him to keep abreast of the local political issues, in which he was highly interested.

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