|Deaths - At the residence, 2146 Maple Avenue, April 25, Thomas Jefferson Lucas, aged 76 years. Husband of Caroline Lucas. Father of Elgin and Leslie T. Lucas of Salem. Roydon Lucas of Kansas, Mrs Fleda Helmhout of Long Island, Kansas, Mrs Martha Corbin of Norton, Kansas. A brother, George Lucas, of Missouri, also survives. Funeral announcements later from the W.T. Rigdon company. [The Oregon Statesman, Salem, Oregon, Tuesday, April 27, 1937] Issue of April 28, 1927 also says that Interment City View Cemetery.|
|Obituary - Thomas Jefferson Lucas|
Thomas Jefferson Lucas was born in Nodaway county, Missouri on January 25, 1861, and passed away at his home in Salem, Oregon, April 25, 1937 at the age of 76 years, and 2 months.
He was left an orphan at an early age, his mother having died when he was but seven years of age, and his father two years later. He then made his home with his grandparents near Marysville, Missouri.
He came to Franklin county, Nebraska in the year 1888. Later he came to Long Island, Kansas, where on June 29, 1896 he was united in marriage to Caroline Smith of Long Island. To this union were born five children, all of whom are now living.
In the spring of 1901 they moved to their farm northwest of Long Island in Harlan county, Nebraska, where they lived until a year ago when they moved to Salem, Oregon.
He was converted about thirty years ago, later he became a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church. He remained ever faithful to his belief and his happiest hours were spent in talking with others of his religious views and experiences.
He was always a kind, home-loving husband and father, patient and uncomplaining, always contented and his kind spiritual influence will continue to live on as an inspiration to those who knew and loved him best.
Those left to mourn his departure are his wife, Caroline Lucas of Salem, Oregon; his children, Elgin Lucas of Salem, Oregon, Roydon Lucas of Almena, Kansas, Deda Helmhout of Long Island, Kansas, Martha Corbin of Norton, Kansas, Leslie Lucas of Salem, Oregon and eight grandchildren; one brother, Geo Lucas of Marysville, Missouri and many other friends and relatives, four sisters having preceded him in death.
He passed away after a brief illness of one week. Services were conducted by the Rev Woods at the Rigdon Funeral Chapel and interment was made in the City View cemetery at Salem, Oregon.
Obituary - Caroline M. Lucas was born Apr 8, 1878 at Cherokee, Ia, to her parents, Adolphus and Mary E. Smith and passed away in a local hospital in Salem, Ore, Apr 14 at the age of 93 years and six days.
Most of her life was spent in and near Long Island, Kans, having come with her widowed mother and only sister, Nellie at an early age to live on a homestead west and north of Long Island where she grew to womanhood.
In 1896, she was married at Norton, Kans, to Thomas J. Lucas. To this union were born five children: Elgin of Hubbard, Ore, deceased in 1962; Roydon of Salem, Ore, Fleda Helmhout, Salem, Ore, Martha Corlin [sic] of Tacoma, Wash, and Leslie of Bend, Ore.
The family was raised on a farm north west of Long Island. Then in the year 1936, they moved to Salem, Ore, to make their home. Her husband passed away Apr 25, 1937, the following year, after a brief illness.
In 1941, she returned to Long Island to make her home with and care for her mother, Mrs M.E. Johnson until her mother's death Apr 15, 1953. She was 98 years, 9 months and 1 day.
Then she returned to her home in Salem where she continued to live and care for herself until the time of death which resulted from complications following a fall at her home just two days following her 93rd birthday.
She united with the Methodist church at Long Island at an early age and was always an example of a true Christian, a kind and loving wife and mother and enjoyed the love and beauty of life around her.
Her passing is also mourned by eleven grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, five nieces, four nephews and a host of friends and relatives.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev Chas Holgate of the Keizer Community church where she attended her later years at Barrick Funeral home with interment in the City View cemetery at Salem, Ore.