What should we learn from our past? Do we study history because we need to understand what went “right” and what went “wrong”? Do we examine long-ago people and events to better comprehend our dutiful dedication to needed change? Or, do we employ the past to better strengthen our obligations to fellow human beings? Perhaps all of these lessons can be solidified through a critical inspection of what occurred long ago … most notably, by taking a deeper look into local history, an investigation that can help us answer that age-old conundrum “Why can't we live like they did in the 'good old days'?”
I believe that direct contact with friends and neighbors builds lasting community. Any area with active civic and service clubs benefits immensely from their work. These groups become a vital fabric of the community, and they establish a critical link between organizations, businesses, and citizens of all ages.
Direct links among community leaders, interested volunteers, and youth are very important components of such civic organizations. The groups serve not only to pool community resources, but also to mobilize access to much-needed area improvement. The work/play interaction “pays back” in civic duty and also “pays forward” to local needs. In this time, establishing connections that pay strong dividends like this are sorely lacking. Nothing creates lasting bonds like working together in active service.
In the past, two important local organizations worked tirelessly for the good of the Lucasville community. The Lucasville Civic Service Club and the Lucasville Kiwanis were vital to the development of a strong locality. Their efforts helped make a small, rural hamlet a vibrant community dedicated to promoting and pursuing the improvement of social and economic conditions. I believe the youth of the Lucasville area benefited immensely from the actions of these civic groups. The clubs undoubedly left an indelible, positive mark.
How would it benefit the Lucasville area to pledge a drive to increase productive interest and membership in such organizations? I believe both groups still exist; however, in this entry, I will use several articles about the past activities of these groups to show you just how influential they once were. As the town continues through the commemoration of its Bicentennial year, residents might benefit from a look back … and consider a challenge to the future?
"July 4th Event Will Raise Funds For Projects in Community"
An all-day Fourth of July celebration will be held Thursday at the fairgrounds at Lucasville in the form of a community picnic which is being sponsored by the Lucasville Civic Service Club.
The organization boasts a membership of 30.
Members of the committee in charge of the picnic include: P.L. Bogan, A.S. Moulton, Coy Dodds, Dean Schuler, and G. Malone.
The club was organized a year ago last May and this is the second Fourth of July celebration held for the purpose of raising funds for community projects.
Admission to the grounds will be free as well as a baseball game in the afternoon between the Portsmouth Moose nine and a Jackson team.
A concert by the Valley Rural High School band will be a special attraction at night. The band is comprised of high school students and other members who have played with the band in past years. The group will be directed by Esto Davis.
Midway attractions, square dancing, and other amusements will help raise money for the club. Families are invited to take picnic baskets and spend the day. Refreshment stands will be on the grounds, and it is planned to keep the rides over for an extra two days, Friday and Saturday.
Last year the club helped purchase new uniforms for the high school band and gave a Christmas party for youngsters with funds raised at the 1945 celebration.
Officers of the club include: W.J. Carver, president; John Collins, vice president; Edward Miller, treasurer; and Mr. Bogan, secretary.
The club has seven standing committees. These and their chairmen are: municipal development, C.M. Purdy; civic improvement, Dr. D.C. Coleman; business, Mr. Carver; advertising, J.W. McKinley; membership, Mr. Moulton; agriculture, Walter Malone; recreation, Mr. Miller.
Portsmouth Times, July 3, 1946
* Historical Note – By 1949, the Lucasville Fourth of July celebration attracted thousands to the fairgounds. It continued for many decades to be the significant event of the holiday season.
“Civic Club Plans Community Party For Lucasville”
Children of the Lucasville Community are invited to be present for a Christmas party tonight in Lucasville Community Hall as guests of Lucasville Civic Service Club.
The club sponsors this annual Yuletide program and will distribute treats to all children. The program will start at 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Kathryn Plum and Miss Evelyn Locke will have charge of singing, and a 30-minute Christmas picture will be shown by C.J. Kent, a member of the club.
Last year the civic club gave approximately 600 treats to the youngsters, and about the same number is planned for this year.
L.T. Comer, secretary of the club, urged parents to bring their children to the community hall at 7:00 p.m.
Portsmouth Times, December 22, 1949
“7 Registered Jersey Calves Distributed”
Annual presentation of seven registered Jersey calves to Scioto County youngsters interested in building of better dairy herds was arranged for this afternoon at Scioto County fairgrounds under sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club and the Lucasville Civic Club.
Five of the animals are 'backed' by the Kiwanis and two by the Lucasville club. Youngsters, their parents, and delegations of the Kiwanis and Lucasville club were scheduled to assemble at the fairgrounds for the drawing to determine what boy or girl receives just what calf.
The clubs participate by seeing that registered calves are obtained, by payment of interest on the loans for a year, for insurance, vaccination and extra premiums at the fair.
The seven to be distributed today will make a total of 47 for the county sisnce the program was started six years ago. It will make 37 for the Kiwanis-sponsored youngsters and 10 for Lucasville club boys and girls. The Kiwanis initiated the project in 1944 and Lucasville Civic Club started in 1946.
According to George Wood, county agent, the program as resulted in about 125 registered Jersey calves bing brought into the county. Numerous adults, seeing the results obtained by the youngsters, became interested and invested in registered stock.
The seven calves for today were located by Mr. Wood, Floyd Landrum, Walter Malone, and Raymond Zaler of the Lucasville club and Howard Dale for Kiwanis. Six were obtained from two Clermont County farms and one from Walter Malone or north of Lucasville. Mr. Zaler arranged transportation here.
Portsmouth Times, May 11, 1950
“Club Sponsors Goblin Party”
275 Frolic in Village Community Hall
A Halloween party sponsored by Lucasville Civic Service Club Inc., kept a crowd of youngsters and parents busy with fun and frolic Tuesday night in the community hall.
Donuts and cider were served to 275 people and contests and games lasted from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. Identical prizes of a box of candy and a $1 bill were presented to all winners.
In a masqueratde contest, judged by Mrs. Orville Blankenship, Mrs. Lucille Hacquard, and Esto S. Davis, the following were chosen for best costumes in their classifications:
John Doll, ugliest; Gary Channel, most original; Latonia Thompson, funniest; and Larry Comer, prettiest. Mrs. Pauline Borders won a guessing contest.
A free moving picture was shown by C.J. Kent. The committee in charge of the evening included John Collis, chairman; W.J. Carver and Raymond Zaler.
Portsmouth Times, November 1, 1950