Name:  Henry F. “Harry” Lucas

Age/DoB:  Feb. 12, 1884

County of Conviction:  Silver Bow

Judicial District:  2nd

Case No.:  5053

Date of Conviction:  Dec. 30, 1918

Sentence: 5-15 years





Allegations: In Crowley's saloon at 39 E. Broadway on morning of April 2, 1918, three city firemen who had just ended their shift were at a table. One remarked that Germany would not have such an easy mark since this country got into the war. Defendant, who had come into Butte that morning after overnight trip from Boston & Montana camp in Wise River allegedly said "Fuck the bloody country. Fuck the war. I am an IWW and proud of it. Fuck the flag."

Case Details: According to the Anaconda Standard, "Witnesses seized him and ran him out of the place and to the city hall." Convicted after a one-day trial. Defendant said he remembered nothing; that he had been drinking heavily. Denied that he had ever been a Wobbly. Sentenced on Jan. 11, 1919 and immediately transported to Deer Lodge. Served 30 months. Released July 24, 1921.


Personal Information: Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Family lived in Kentucky. Was a private with the 49th (Col'd) U.S. Volunteer Infantry in the Philippine Insurrection and later was in government service. Married Goldie Little in Lewiston, Idaho in 1902. Had two daughters. Gertrude born 1903. Worked as a cook for Boston & Montana lumber company in Wise River. Died Caldwell, Idaho July 9, 1924.


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