James F. Lucius Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Mr. Lucius is one of Sabine's most
substantial and progressive citizens, and he is a splendid
example of a self-made made, whose success in life has been won
by persistent effort and untiring energy. He was born in this
parish in 1860 to Samuel G. and Martha (Moss) Lucius, who were
born in South Carolina and Alabama in 1811 and 1830,
respectively, his father being a man of good education and a
pioneer of Sabine parish.
J. F. Lucius was the fourth of seven
children, three sons now living: George W., James P. and Robert
J. James P. was reared on a farm, and besides going to the
public schools attended a high school at Milam, Texas. His
education has also been increased by reading and travel, his
travels having extended all over America, as well as to Europe,
Egypt and the Holy Land.
In 1879 he and his brothers began
rafting on the Sabine River and after three years opened a
mercantile business at Columbus; In 1885 J. F. and R. J. Lucius
moved to Negreet an opened a mercantile business which they
continued for several years, and at the same time bought cotton
and directed their farms. For the past ten years they have been
nearly entirely engaged in real estate investments, especially
in timber lands, and have been very successful.
James F. has always been an ardent
advocate of progress and has never failed to serve his neighbors
or his parish when his services were needed, is a genial
gentleman and a high-class citizen.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.