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1946 Alverda Jane Lucas died on July 13, in Stow, Summit County, Ohio and lived New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio. Alverda Lucas was born 23 August, 1864 to parents Geo. Hosler and Shell. She was the widow of Arista O Lucas. She died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. [1]

A biosketch of Arista Lucas [2] reports:

In taking up the history of the prominent men of Crawford county we note that Dr. Lucas occupies a leading position in their ranks. He is one of the most skillful, able and successful medical practitioners in this portion of the state, and his comprehensive knowledge of the science of medicine, combined with his accuracy in applying his knowledge to the needs of suffering humanity, has gained for him a very liberal and constantly increasing- patronage. His time is fully occupied with his professional duties, and his brethren of the fraternity as well as the public acknowledge his eminence and express admiration for his worth.

Dr. Lucas was born in Johnsville, Morrow county, Ohio, April 5, 1865, and is a son of Adam, and Susan (McGill) Lucas. The father was born in Perry township. Morrow county, Ohio, February 22, 1838. The family is of German lineage and was founded in America by the great-grandfather of our subject, who was born in Germany, but came to this country at an early day. Adam Lucas, the grandfather of the Doctor, was a native of Pennsylvania and was reared in the Keystone state. His father was one of the well known distillers of Lancaster county, and there the grandfather learned the business, which he followed for some years. After the inauguration of the war of 18 12 he was drafted for service, but as he was then in charge of his father's business the later hired a substitute and Adam Lucas was therefore exempt from duty. In an early day in the development of Ohio he took up his abode in Morrow county, entering three hundred acres of land, whereon he built a log cabin. The following spring his wife and eldest child died, and he then returned to Pennsylvania, where he remained for about a year. On the expiration of that period he was again married, and once more took up his abode in his Ohio home, where he resided until seventy-five years of age. He then retired from active business life and removed to the town of Johnsville, where he spent his remaining days, passing away at the ripe old age of eighty-eight years. His wife, the grandmother of the Doctor, bore the maiden mine of Magdalene Emig, and was also a native of Pennsylvania.

Adam Lucas, the Doctor's father, was reared on the old home farm and in the common schools acquired his education. He married Miss Susan McGill and then located in Johnsville, where for six or eight years he was employed as a teamster. Later he removed to Woodbury, where he engaged in the grocery business, conducting the enterprise for ten years or more, and during the greater part of the time he was also postmaster of the town. Disposing of his store, he was then employed for a number of vears in a general mercantile establishment, and in 1876 he removed to Johnsville. Soon afterward he became a "knight of the grip," going upon the road as a traveling salesman for a Mansfield (Ohio) boot and shoe house, with which he was associated for two years. He then established a retail boot and shoe store of his own in Johnsville and carried on business along that line until 1895, when he sold his store and removed to New Washington, since which time he has represented the Rochester Horticulturist and Florist firm. He is an energetic and wide-awake business man, reliable and trustworthy. In his political views he is a Democrat, and in religious belief was a Baptist, but as there was no church of that denomination in New Washington he has united with the Methodist Episcopal church. His wife was born in Licking county, Ohio, near Newark, in 1841, and died June 6, 1865. About three years afterward he married Miss Molly Pittman, and unto them were horn two children, both of whom are now deceased, the children and the mother dying within a few weeks of typhoid fever. About 1875 Mr. Lucas was married for the third time. Miss Charlotte Edwards becoming his wife. They had four children, of whom two survive, — Mamie, who is at home, and Wilbur, who is attending lectures in the Starling Medical College, at Columbus, having previously read medicine under the direction of the subject of this review.

Dr. Lucas is the only child of his father's first marriage. He acquired his early education in the graded school of Johnsville. and at the age of nineteen he began teaching. He would follow that profession for one term and then attend school for a term, being a student in the Ohio Normal University at Ada. He taught altogether eight terms and thus made possible his own education. In March, 1888, he began reading medicine under the direction of Dr. Eli Stofer, of Bellville, Ohio, and in September of the same year he entered the Western Reserve Medical College, of Cleveland, where, on the 4th of March, 1891, he was graduated, having completed the regular prescribed course. On the 28th of the same month he located at West Point, Morrow county, and began practice, continuing at that place until the 13th of July, 1892, when he came to New Washington, and to-day he is recognized as one of the leading physicians of Crawford county. He is a member of the Ohio State Medical Society and the American Medical Society, and through his connection with these organizations and through reading and study he has kept in close touch with the progress that is being made along professional lines. His career has been remarkably successful, and as he is yet a young man further advancement undoubtedly awaits him.

While residing at West Point Dr. Lucas was united in marriage, on the 10th of June, 1891, to Miss Verdie Hosler, a native of Johnsville, and a daughter of George R. Hosler, now deceased, but at that time one of the prominent merchants of West Point. The marriage of the Doctor and his wife has been blessed with two children: George A., born March 28, 1892: and Charles H., born May 26, 1899. Socially the Doctor is connected with Hyperion Lodge, No. 561, K. of P., and with Rex Lodge, No. 229, Knights of the Maccabees. In his political views he is a Democrat, but the honors and emoluments of office have no attraction for him, as he prefers to devote his attention to his professional duties. Nature seems to have fitted him for this calling, and with strong mentality, keen discernment and close application he has won a position in the ranks of the medical fraternity which many an older practitioner might well envy.


[1] FamilySearch.org, [FamilySearchRecord].

[2] A Centennial Biographical History of Crawford County Ohio (Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1902), 212, [HathiTrust].