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Page 12 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 The History Corner A.B. Lucas Back in March my column featured excerpts from a 1912 issue of the New Meadows Tribune. Part of it was about A. B. Lucas who lived in Meadows Valley. Lucas was a legislator in 1911 when the bill to create Adams County was passed, and between 1912 and 1914 he was editor of the Meadows Eagle / New Meadows Tribune. Hiram French&apos;s "History of Idaho" published in 1914, has a section on Lucas that is quoted below. In those days, men were known by their first two initials and their last name. As you can see here, the author wrote a whole article about Lucas without mentioning his first name. I still don't know what it was. "It is hard to place A. B. Lucas of Meadows, Idaho, in any one phase of the world's work, and say he is a banker, or an editor, or a politician, for he has so many interests that he can not be said to be distinctively of any one type. He is one of the Leaders in Meadows in both business and public matters, and is a man thoroughly capable of leadership, who has won his high position not through a place having been made for him, but through sheer force of merit and personal worth. A man of splendid executive ability, of keen judgment and a wide knowledge Of men and affairs, acquired both through actual experience with the world and through a fine education, it is quite natural that Mr. Lucas should be placed in the position of a leader, and regarded as a man of force and power:' Lucas' father, William U. Lucas set an example for his son. William was, at various times in Iowa, a minister, a union officer in the Civil war, county treas(lrer, newspaper editor, state legislator and Iowa state auditor. After moving to South Dakota, William was elected to Congress from that state in 1890 and became commandant of the soldiers' home. A. B. Lucas graduated from Iowa State Universit 9 in 1879 and took charge of his father's newspaper, the Cerro Gordo Republican at Mason City, Iowa. "He conducted this paper until May, 1883, and gained the practical knowledge of the management of a newspaper that was to stand him in such good stead later in life. In 1883 he sold the paper and went to South Dakota, where in connection with his brother he conducted the Castalia Republican until 1884. He then started the Charles Mix County Bank and proved himself as able a financier as a newspaper man for the institution was a decided success. He conducted this bank until" 1896 when he determined to leave South Dakota." Also while in South Dakota, in 1883 Lucas was "appointed United States Commissioner for that district y "In 1886 he was elected probate judge of Charles Mix county, and in 1892 he was elected to the state legislature of South Dakota, an office which he held until 1896, when he resigned on his removal to Chicago. During this time, in 1892, he was appointed a member of the state board of agriculture of South Dakota and held this post until 1896, when he left the state" Last week I stopped by the French Cemetery near White Bird where William Osborn is buried. It is .7 mile off the highway on the road to the bridge across the Snake River, etc. There are thought to be 11 unmarked graves here. Osborn's is the only one with a marker. The earliest grave (Ann Mason) dates to shortly before the 1877 Nez Perce War. Her husband, Harry Mason, who was one of the people killed at the start of the war is also buried here. [After that, Lucas worked in Chicago for the Deering Harvester Company for three years, went to California in 1900 and bought the Santa Paula Chronicle, bought and operated a farm near Santa Cruz in 1902, after which he became a revenue officer. In March of 1906 he came to Idaho.] "He bought property in Meadows and organized the bank, which he has since conducted as the Meadows State Bank, and which has proved to be a very successful and much needed institution, and which he holds the position of cashier and is a member of the directorate. In 1907 he established the Roseberry State Bank at Roseberry and became its president. Among his many interests in Meadows is that of the Meadows, Warren Roosevelt telephone Company, in which he is director and secretary. He is the editor and publisher of the Meadows newspaper and is president of the Meadows Real Estate Company, also being vice president of the Rock Flat Mining and Milling Company, and director in the Overland Mining Company. In addition to all the work which these numerous offices evidence Mr. Lucas < i !--': . was appointed United .......... States Commissioner in 1907 and has held this office ever since, and has carried on the work of the office with great success." "He has been a member of a number of fraternal organizations, among the Knights of Pythias and the Masons, in the latter of which he was Worth Master. He has dropped his membership in both of these, now, but still remains a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, in which he holds the post of secretary and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow, in which he is secretary. In religious matters Mr. Lucas is a member of the Congregational church." '" "At Mason City, Iowa, in September, 1881 Mr. Lucas married Miss Ella M. Mayne, a daughter of Thomas and Margaret Mayne, and a native of Vote Stacy Swift Dreyer for Adams County Assessor Stacy Swift Dreyer Candidate for Adams County Assessor [Agreat timeforafresh andnewperspective[ paid for by Stacy Swift Dreyer for Assessor The Adams County Record By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 the state of New York. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lucas. Carroll Mayne Lucas, the eldest, was born in Mason City, Iowa, in 1884. He married Miss Helen Scott of San Diego, California, and is now living at Meadows, where he hold the office of postmaster. He is a graduate electrical engineer of the State University of California. The second son, Parker Vincent Lucas, was born in Castalia, South Dakota, in March, 1888. He married Miss Etta Denigan, a native of the state of Florida, and they have two children, Elizabeth and Elinor Lucas, both born at Roseberry, Idaho. Parker Lucas is a graduate of the Law Department of the University of the State of Idaho. The youngest son, Aaron Briney Lucas, was born in Piru, California, in April, 1900, and is now attending school in Meadows. Mrs. Lucas plays an important part in Meadows social life. She was the organizer of the Woman's Club, the W. C. T. U. and Mother's Club of Meadows and is at present chairman of the Legislative Committee of the state organization of woman's clubs:' This photo of A. B. Lucas' son, Parker Lucas, appeared in the 10-30-1914 Meadows Eagle news- paper. Looking south from above William Osbom's grave with the Snake River in the background.