Page 222, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




MELVIN L. LACEY.—The Lacey family is one of the conspicuously prominent ones of Allen county. It was established here more than a score of years ago and the heads of its numerous households are men of integrity, of great respect, ability and undoubted personal honor. One of their number is the subject of this brief sketch, Melvin L. Lacey. He was born in Jackson county, Michigan, March 7, 1853, and is a brother of Edward D. Lacey, of Allen county. He is the youngest of six children, the others being: Anna, deceased, wife of James Wright; Mary J., wife of William Harper, of Champaign county, Illinois; Edward D., William W, of Allen county, and George W., of Moran, Kansas.

M. L. Lacey began life, really, in boyhood. He learned farming and engaged in it for some years, as a hired man. He was married in Iroquois county, Illinois, in 1874 to Ivy Robinett, a daughter of Eleaser Robinett, an Ohio farmer, who went into Illinois from Pickaway county, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Lacey's children are: Arthur, married to Mattie B. Green, resides in Blue Mound, Kansas; Archie F. and Harry E. Lacey, young farmers of Marmaton township.

Mr. Lacey came to Allen county in 1887 and spent twelve years in Moran where he controlled the transfer and express business of the town. In 1899 he moved to his farm, the south half of the south-east quarter of section 19, township 24, range 20, one of the desirable and fertile tracts of Allen county.

In politics our subject is in line with the conduct of his elder brethren. He is well known as a Republican and served in the city of Moran three years in the council and as its city marshal. He is a member of the district school board and holds a membership in the Methodist church.

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