Alonzo C. "Lon" Scurlock, 14th president, was born in New Market, Ala., in 1845. At age 16 he was serving in the Army of the Confederacy in Walder’s Battalion. He was the son of James F. and Rebecca Criner Scurlock, who founded the town of Grandview, Texas. He attended Oakland College, which was west of old Grandview. For a time Scurlock was engaged in ranching in western Texas.
In 1883 he married Julia May Lorance of Cleburne and of that union one daughter and five sons were born.
Scurlock purchased the Cleburne Chronicle in 1878 and edited and published the newspaper until his death, a period of 33 years. Scurlock joined the Texas Press Association in 1882, was regular in attendance and had much to do with shaping its policies.
He was remembered as a model presiding officer, a splendid writer and one who made his paper one of the outstanding weeklies in the state. He died in 1907.