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Luca, William

WILLIAM LUCAS, proprietor of the Central Hotel, was born in Tampa Bay, Florida, December 15, 1813, son of Luther Wesley and Mary Ann (Cassidy) Lucas. His father was born near Richmond, Virginia, and after engaging in the mercantile business for some time in Pennsylvania, he moved to Florida. He enlisted from that State in the Fifth United States Infantry, and was killed in battle during the Mexican war. His mother and her children moved from Florida to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1840, where she died, August 19, 1861. Our subject is the only surviving child, and at the age of thirteen years be left home to carve out his own way through life. He came to Montoursville in 1855 and engaged in boating on the canal until 1861. July 1, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served for three years and one month, participating in all the battles of his company during that time. At the close of the war he returned to Montoursville, and resumed boating until 1884, when he became proprietor of the Central Hotel, which he purchased in 1888. He is a member of Eureka Lodge, F. and A.M., Fairfield Lodge, I.O.O.F., and the Encampment. He is also a member of the Union Veteran Legion, and of Reno Post, G.A.R., of Williamsport. He is a stanch Republican and has served as burgess and constable of Montoursville. In September, 1865, he was married to Miss Mary L. Frock, and to this union have been born two children: Jennie M. and Harry S.

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