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William Francis Marion Lacey

                                                     Rock Creek Township.
William Francis Marion Lacey was born in Marion County, Ohio, August 30, 1840, and died in Eureka, Kansas, September 12, 1914.
On October 10, 1867, he was married to Miss Lucy A. Mann, at Farina, Illinois, and to them was born three children, Nettie, Hobart, and Faye.
In 1869, Mr. Lacey came to Kansas with his family and settled in Cowley County, near Winfield.  He settled in Fairview township, one mile south of Akron. Here he lived until his wife’s death in 1901. He then moved to Longton, Kansas, and lived there for a few years, and from there he and his daughter, Miss Faye, moved to Eureka, Kansas, where he spent the remainder of his life.
In the 1860s he served his country as a union soldier, enlisting at the very first call. He served four years, seven months, and twenty days.
He was a brother-in-law of Abe Steinberger, editor of the Telegram, a daily [?] paper published in Winfield in the early days.
(NOTE: This is from the book “Ancestors and Descendants of Hiram G. Lacey and Sophia Sell” by G. H. Lacey. Compiled in 1995. RKW)
Rock Creek Township 1873: Lacey, W. F. M., 32; spouse, Lucy, 23.
Rock Creek Township 1874: Lacey, W. F. M., 32; spouse, Lucy A., 23.
Rock Creek Township 1875/1876: Lacey, Wm. F. M., 35; spouse, Lucy A., 25.
Fairview Township 1882: Lacey, W. F. M., 42; spouse, Lucy, 33. P. O. Address Little Dutch.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 2, 1873.
We, the undersigned, late Soldiers of the Union Army, take this method of calling a meeting of the Soldiers of Cowley and adjoining counties to meet at Winfield, October 18th, 1873, for the purpose of getting acquainted and having a good social time.
                                    W. F. M. Lacey, Co. K, 33rd Ill. Vet. Infantry.
Winfield Courier, January 30, 1874.
Nearly the entire population of Little Dutch was in town on Monday attending a lawsuit between Messrs. Hornemann and Lacey, which was tried before ’Squire Boyer. The former got judgment.
Winfield Courier, February 20, 1874.

ED. COURIER: Some pigheaded galoot whom I dare say pretends to belong to the genius homo, but one who, if he has a right to claim a place among the “species” certainly obtained that right through the latitude of the Darwinian theory, has seen fit to abuse me this week through the columns of the Telegram. Now the facts are these. This man with more initials than brains em­ployed me to make, and acknowledge a deed, for all of which service I charged him two dollars—which, I believe, is the usual price for such service. Now I have no objection to this many initialed individual employing some other attorney to do his business, but I don’t want him to assert through the public prints that I have charged illegal fees for service as County Clerk, or I shall certainly have him verify his statements. Now in conclusion I have this to say to Mr. W. F. M. Lacey: I hope to do the business of my office in an efficient manner, and expect to charge the legal fees for my services. In the meantime if Mr. Lacey or anyone else gets me to make a deed, or any other legal paper, I shall expect to charge the fees that any other attorney would charge for the same services.
                                                       Yours, M. G. TROUP.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1876.
Everything is quiet on Little Dutch, except Lacey, who still indulges in maudlin ravings over the $1,800, varied occasionally by rejoicing in the late triumph of bowels over brains. Seek diligently after knowledge, Lacey, for verily thou gropest in darkness.
Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.
Mr. Lacey has a brother and family from the east. They came for their health and have located with us.
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.
We received a pleasant call from Mr. W. F. Lacey, of Fairview township. He is one of Cowley’s earliest settlers.
Cowley County Courant, December 1, 1881.
W. F. M. Lacey, Esq., has taken the contract to furnish wood for the church. As Frank is a “boss fellow,” it will be done as per contract.
Cowley County Courant, January 5, 1882.
Messrs. Beaumont and Pratt are running a steam saw in Deacon Harris’ timber, while W. F. Lacey keeps the books and does the heavy selling.
Winfield Courier, February 9, 1882.
TOWNSHIP ELECTION.  In Fairview the straight Republican ticket was elected, which makes Wm. White, trustee; J. H. Curfman, treasurer; and R. B. Corson, clerk. There was a tie between A. J. McCollum and B. Hanlan, for Justice, each receiving 18 votes. W. F. M. Lacey and N. E. Darling were elected constables.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
A gentleman from Illinois has been stopping at Mr. Lacey’s and contemplates moving to Kansas.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
Mrs. Alice Stump, of Douglas, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mann, and his sister, Mrs. Lacey.
Constable Lacey says if he don’t get a chance to arrest somebody pretty soon, he is going to resign.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
Constable Lacey is the boss corn dropper.

Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
Constable Lacey and Prof. Weimer are getting to be experts in letter writing.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
W. F. M. Lacey wishes to inform the public that he has bought a new clock and he can’t make it run. Any person who will put his clock in running order will be paid accordingly.
Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.
Frank Lacey is on the war path.
Anthony Lacey and family were down from Douglass Saturday.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.
The wheat on Frank Lacey’s place was threshed Monday and the yield was thirty-five bushels per acre.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
After a couple of week’s rest, Rob started to threshing for Messrs. Lacey and Weimer Monday.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
W. F. M. Lacey and family went up to Douglass Sabbath to see some friends that were sick.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
After dinner, Prof. A. H. Limerick, in a beautiful and appropriate speech presented to Mr. and Mrs. Polk the following gifts.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. M. Lacey, paper holder.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
That W. F. M. Lacey has hands at work on a stone fence for a hog lot.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
We received this week, through the courtesy of Mr. F. W. M. Lacey, of Fairview, two large peaches of the golden yellow variety. They were very large, finely flavored, and with  small pits. The variety is worthy of wide propagation.
                                                   AKRON ITEMS. “PET.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
There was a social party at Mr. Lacey’s last Thursday evening; everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
Mr. Robert Pratt had a sale last Friday. Our old bachelor wasn’t there to buy any more milch cows, but Mr. Lacey was there and bought about two dozen flower pots. He must be going into the floriculture business.
                                                   AKRON ITEMS. “PET.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

George Burt has sold out his lease of Mr. Lacey’s farm to Mr. Wilson.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 19, 1885.
Abstract of the monthly report of the County Auditor of Cowley County, Kansas, of claims certified to the County Clerk, on the First Monday of March, 1885.
Frank Lacey juror fees: $1.00.
                                            AKRON ITEMS. “DREAMER.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
That rumor says that F. M. Lacey says he don’t want a Democrat for a son-in-law. If this be true, N. J. H. had better travel some other direction, and give some good Republican a chance.
                               MEMORIAL AND DECORATION SERVICES.
                  The Program Entire as Adopted by Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
Committee On Flowers: D. L. Kretsinger, chairman, W. W. Painter, J. W. Millspaugh, F. M. Lacey, J. C. Roberts, Adam Stuber, M. S. Scott, J. W. Fenway, H. H. Harbaugh,        Farnsworth, D. L. McRoberts.
                                    REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Delegates: J. W. Douglass, A. J. McCollim, J. L. Foster, E. Rogers.
Alternates: W. F. Lacey, N. Newberry, T. S. Covert, J. H. McCollum.


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