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JAY P. LUCAS. – This enterprising gentleman, whose early grip on public affairs augurs well for still greater things in the future, in a “native son,” having been born in June, 1856, at Monmouth, Oregon the son of the well-known and able A.W. Lucas. He grew up on a farm, developing his fine physique, and receiving his education at the Christian College in his native town, graduating in 1880. He remained with his parents, having a partial business interest with his father, until 8n 1882 he undertook operations for himself, securing and conducting a farm on his own account. He was also, in the same year, married to Miss Katie Frazier. The next year he closed out his interests in Western Oregon and moved to Lone Rick, then in Wasco county, now included in Gilliam. He established there a merchandise business, which he operated for two years.

In 1885 he received the appointment as clerk of the new county of Gilliam, serving in that capacity until 1886, when he was elected to the same position, and in 1888 was re-elected, receiving thereby a most hearty and satisfactory indorsement of the manner in which he had served the people. This office he now fills; and he has become closely identified with the interests of this section, of which he is one of the most respected citizens. He was chairman of the Republican county central committee in 1886-87, and became a member of the state central committee in 1889. In June, 1889, he was elected captain of Company B, Third Regiment, O.N.G., which position he now fills.

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