Lucas, John (1876 - 1938), Obituary, Clark Co., WI

Obit: Lucas, John (1876 - 1938)



----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 7/14/1938


John Lucas
, 62, passed away very suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Willard, Clark County Saturday evening, July 9, 1938 at about 6:45. He had been haying that afternoon and the heat may have caused the attack.

Mr. Lucas was born on June 24, 1876 at Semich, Yugoslavia. He has been a resident of Willard for the past 29 years, being one of the first farmers to settle there. He was a miner for 15 years before becoming a farmer.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Dergance in 1902 at Salt Lake City, Utah. To this union were born seven children, John, Francis, Margaret, Josie and Mary of Chicago and Wm. At home. Rose (Mrs. Marinic), passed away two years ago.

He is survived by his wife and the above named children and nine grandchildren. He was well liked by all who knew him. He was at one time treasurer of the Town of Hendren.

Funeral services were held at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Willard, on Tuesday morning, July 12, 1938 at 9:30 o'clock with Rev. Fathers Murn and Mrinsek officiating. He was laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Willard.

The pallbearers were Frank Volk, Joe Trost, Joe Bukovec, Mike Artac, Frank Kokaly, Louis Lausha.


Spouse: Margaret Dergance Lucas (1877 - 1955)

Children: Rose Mary Lucas Marantic (1903 - 1936). William Clarence Lucas (1915 - 1962)*


Biographical Information


Bio: Lucas, John (1876 - 1938)


----Source: Greenwood Gleaner, Greenwood, Wisconsin, 15 Aug 1909


Lucas Grove News




Lucas grove on Thursday of last week was a scene of exhilaration and enjoyment that will long be remembered by all who were in attendance at the picnic given by the Ladies' Thursday Club of the Presbyterian Church, when about 60 invited guests of the club, and the club members, gathered there for an elaborate dinner and an afternoon of sociability and enjoyment under the welcome shade of the trees.

Unfortunately for the good things that were served, a little after the noon hour, the wind, through some freak of nature, swerved to the northwest, and that hungry animal, man, catching a whiff of the aroma of good coffee and other dainties, borne to them on the gentle breeze, flocked to the grove, where, very soon afterward, a great scene of devastation was witnessed.

"Even now the devastation is begun,
And half the business of destruction done."
was the vein of our thought, when we stopped long enough to think.

The spread was an elaborate one and caused many congratulatory remarks on the merits of the chefs, and consisted of hot coffee, hot baked beans, brown and juicy, potato salad, salmon, bread and roll sandwiches, brown bread, cheese, pickles, several kinds of cake, currant and raspberry pies, ice cold lemonade, and in fact, every dainty that one could wish for, and the dinner was a credit to everyone who took any part in its making, and now that we are regaining a normal condition again, we are looking forward with great anticipation to the next one.

After the dishes had been cleared away (there were no remains), the older people gathered around in a circle and passed a most pleasant two hours of visiting and a reviewing of reminiscences, while the young generation enjoyed sporting on the green.
The editor of the GLEANER, who was among the invited guests, and was made to feel very much at home and who enjoyed himself hugely, wishes to publicly congratulate Greenwood on the acquisition of so worthy an organization as the Ladies' Thursday Club of the Presbyterian Church.


On Friday afternoon Lucas grove was again the rendezvous of merry picnickers, when the teachers and members of the Baptist Sunday school repaired there for a day's outing and enjoyment. Plans were made to bold .this picnic on Wednesday, but on account of the storm, it was postponed to Friday, and the two more added days of anticipation added more spice to the pleasures that were participated in.


About thirty enjoyed the bountiful repast that was served, and although the pastor and the superintendent of the school were absent, the picnic was ably managed by the . teachers of the Sunday school, and the well-spread ,board was done more than justice. The Miner consisted of salads, ...pickles, sandwiches of all kinds, baked beans, Cookies, pies, cakes and many other delicacies.


After dinner had been served and the inner man (women and children too) had been amply satisfied, spans and games of every description were Indulged in, and it was good to see the way the older generation straightened their bent backs and limbered up stiffened joints as they took part In "The Games we Used to Play." The joys of childhood came back to them and made them forget that they were getting old. With flushed cheeks, almost equal to the younger folks, they pranced around in a kittenish manner . and took part in all the games with the delight and keen enjoyment of apparent youth that was good to behold.


The picnic was a most decided success and everyone present were well satisfied with the day's outing.


1910 Federal Census, Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin, United States


John Lucas. 35 yr. old, white married male
Birth Year (Estimated) 1876
Birthplace Illinois
Immigration Year 1905
Father's Birthplace Austria
Mother's Birthplace Austria

Household Members

John Lucas Head M 35 Illinois
Mary Lucas Wife M 35 Austria
Mary Lucas F 38 Austria
John Lucas Son M 5 Illinois
Joe Bucas Head M 30 Austria
Mary Bucas Wife F 27 Austria
Joe Bucas Son M 1 Illinois


1920 Federal Census Hendren, Clark, Wisconsin


Name: John Lucas, 42 yr. old white married male

Home owned: Own
Year of Immigration: 1898
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members
John Lucas 42
Mae Lucas 38
Rose Lucas 16
John Lucas 14
Francis Lucas 11
Maggie Lucas 9
Sophia Lucas 7
Willie Lucas 5
Mary Lucas 1 7/12



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