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Fayette County, Iowa  

 History Directory

Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910

Author: G. Blessin


B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vol. I, Biographical Sketches



~Page 1232~




A well remembered and praiseworthy character, who for many years figured prominently in the life of Fayette county, was the late Milo Lacy, a man whom to know was to respect and admire owing to his many fine traits and his high ideals, which he sought to carry out in his everyday relations with his fellow men. He was born in Bainbridge, Geauga county, Ohio, October 14, 1841. He was the son of Jasper Brush and Anne Osborne (Henry) Lacy, the former born in Suffield, Connecticut, March 17, 1792, and the latter in Washington, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on March 26, 1800.


Milo Lacy was educated in the common schools of West Union and he became a printer by trade, and was editor of the Fayette County Union until June, 1868, when he removed to Austin, Minnesota, and became editor of the Austin Democrat. He died June 25, 1869, in West Union, Iowa, where his children were born, and his widow still resides. At the time of his death he was a member of the Minnesota Editorial Association. He was a very able writer and as a local editor and condenser of news he had few superiors and he made his papers powers for good in their communities.


Mr. Lacy's war record is one of which his descendants might well be proud. In 1862 he enlisted in the navy for one year, and he was assigned to the gunboat "Genesee," then on blockade service off Charleston and afterwards ill the first assault on Vicksburg and the siege of Port Hudson. After serving over one year and gaining promotion, he was discharged at the expiration of his service and returned to McGregor, Iowa. He re-enlisted in the Seventh Iowa Cavalry, volunteers, which was sent to the plains. This last enlistment was on March 5, 1864, and he was in the service . until his regiment was disbanded. He was a member of Capt. Eugene F. Ware's company. He was discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. May 17, 1866. During his service for the Union he distinguished himself by true soldierly qualities and was promoted to the rank of first sergeant, and he participated in a number of trying campaigns and battled with Indians. Politically, he was a Democrat.


On December 19, 1866, Mr. Lacy was married to Jennie E. Hines, daughter of Marshall Paul and Lucetta (Shields) Hines. an excellent family of West Union, Iowa. The father was born in Pennsylvania March 23, 1818, and the mother in Nittany Valley, Center county, Pennsylvania, October 29, 1821. They were married in Nittany Valley, February 4, 1841, by tile Rev. Samuel Cooper. The father died in West Union, Iowa, February 21, 1877, at the age of fifty-nine years, and the mother's death occurred here on October 24, 1898, at the advanced age of seventy-seven years. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lacy are as follows: Clyde M. Lacy was born October 30, 1867, and died on November 2d following. Anna Hines Lacy was born May 20, 1869. Jennie E. (Hines) Lacy was born in Jacksonville, Center county, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1842. She received a good education and became a well known teacher, and was a member of the Fayette County Teachers’ Association, also the Tourist Club of West Union. She moved with her parents and four sisters from Howard, Center county, Pennsylvania., to West Union, Fayette county, Iowa, in August, 1857, and she began teaching school in the spring of 1858, at the age of sixteen years. She passed all oral examination and received her first teacher's certificate from County Superintendent S. W. Cole. For two or three years she attended school in West Union during the winter time and taught in the country in the summer months until the fall of 1860, when she began teaching in the West Union public schools. She continued to teach until she was married, December 19, 1866. In less than three years she was left a widow, with a little girl six weeks old. She resumed teaching in 1876 and was connected with the West Union schools until her health failed in 1897, making a total of thirty years work in the city schools and thirty-five years in the county. She was one of the best known educators the county has ever known in connection with the public schools and her services were of a high order. 



~transcribed for the Fayette Co IAGenWeb Project by Cheryl Walker


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