Lucas celebrating 99th birthday


Alice Fern (Niswander) Lucas, born May 20, 1918, is turning 99.

She and her baby brother, Kenneth, from Portland, both have May birthdays, he will be 95 years young, the last two living.

Celebrating Alice’s birthday, the family will be holding a private party, due to limited space, on May 27 for family only with up to nine states represented.

She is the daughter of William (Toby) Niswander and Clydie Niswander, and one of 15 children. She was born in the Appalachian Mountains in 1918, her daddy was a coal miner for the Pocahontas Fuel Company.

She was born at the end of the Great Depression and times could be hard but she learned about managing her money and when she later married and had a family she took charge of the family income and did a great job of keeping bills paid and children fed no matter the income she had to work with.

Alice worked at the Troy Daily News for 23 years as a newspaper stuffer.

Recently I asked her some questions about her childhood and her life experiences. The timing may not have been good for asking questions as getting answers were a little difficult but following are the 4 questions and the 4 answers that I received.

She later married the Rev. Charles E. Lucas and together they pastored the Troy Gospel Tabernacle for 15 years and raised their five children here in Troy. She has four living children and one deceased; 10 grandchildren and two step grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and four step-great-great-grandchildren.

If you would like to send Alice a card or gift for her 99th birthday you may send it to: Alice Lucas, care of Donna Harris P.O. Box 31, Troy, OH 45373.

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