Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE LUCAS is doubtless the
oldest settler of Adams county. As early as 1866, he selected the
place where he now lives which is twelve miles northeast from Washtucna.
From that time until the present, he has made this his home and is well
known all through the Inland Empire. From the time of his location
until 1894, he kept an inn and his place was on the old Colville road and
the Mullan military right of way, well known by all the old pioneers, and
he entertained travel from all parts of the country. He has given
his attention to raising hay largely, since coming here and has been prosperous,
having a competence sufficient for the needs of his life although he retires
from business. Mr. Lucas has determined to spend the golden
years of his life in the place where he has won success, being satisfied
that this is one of the favored regions of the great west. All the
old timers will hail with delight a sketch of Mr. Lucas, since they have
all received good cheer at his fireside and are acquainted with the genialty
and kindliness of that gentleman.
George Lucas was born in Donegal county, Ireland
on December 22, 1833, the son of John and Nancy Lucas, natives of Ireland.
The parents continued to reside in the Emerald Isle until their death.
Our subject received his education there and remained under the parental
roof until twenty-two years of age, at which time he started in life for
himself. His first move was to come to the land of the free, landing
at New York in 1855. He made his way thence, via the Isthmus to San
Francisco and was soon delving in the golden sands of the Sunset State
for the fortune that he believed awaited him there. For seven years,
he continued engaged thus, then came north. In 1862, we find him
in the famous Salmon river diggings and for four years, he wrought there.
Next he spent sometime among the mountains of Montana, whence he journeyed
to his present location, being the right of a squatter. He fixed
up the place in good shape and was known as a first-class host all through
the years of pioneer travel and in the last decade. All supplies
had to be drawn from Walla Walla and so Mr. Lucas had to maintain freighting
outfits together with other paraphernalia to handle his trade successfully.
In addition to the industries above mentioned, Mr. Lucas gave considerable
attention to handling horses and cattle and would turn off as high as three
hundred head in a year.
Mr. Lucas has two brothers and four sisters,
Daniel, William, Mary, Elizabeth, Hannah and Rebecca, deceased.
Politically, Mr. Lucas is a strong and active
Republican and has shown a marked interest in these affairs and keeps himself
well posted on the issues of the day. In religious persuasions, he
belongs to the Episcopal church.
In 1897, Mr. Lucas took a trip back to Ireland
and spent eight months in seeing old friends and acquaintances, then bade
farewell to his childhood scenes, well satisfied and contented to remain
in his western home. He has won the respect and admiration of all
who know him and has perhaps as wide a circle of acquaintances as any man
in this portion of the state.