Silver ‘Luddie’ Dollar Lucas
Born 16 February 1877 Died: 22 October 1951
It is said that Silver Dollar received her name because she was born on “annuity day.” When the agent asked what name he should write down on the payroll, her father said “Silver.” Her mother owned a hotel in Miami, and that is where Silver met her husband, Otho ‘Doc’ Lucas. They were married in 1900 and moved to her mother’s allotted land, but Doc wasn’t much of a farmer so they moved to Chetopa, Kansas. They welcomed their first child, Amber, in 1901, followed in quick order by Marie, Edward, Katherine, Ada Lucille, Mary, and Edna. Edward, their only son, died at just four months old, in 1905. They also lost their daughter Amber, son-in-law Adren Evans, and granddaughter Norma Jean Evans to a car accident in 1948. Silver Dollar was known for her good disposition and great laugh. She is remembered for her strong Christian faith, the generosity she showed to all, and for the long hair she always kept in a braid, but most of all for the love she had for her large family. She and Doc left a great legacy for the five children and twenty-one grandchildren that came after them.