Lucian J. Eastin. One of the prominent lawyers and a leader in his profession in the St. Joseph bar, Lucian J. Eastin is properly mentioned, even though somewhat briefly, in a work of the nature and purpose of this publication. His legal activities, for the most part, since he launched out into the practice of his profession, have been carried on in Buchanan County, and he is widely and favorably known hereabouts.
Lucian J. Eastin was born in Clay County, Missouri, on July 12, 1868, and is a son of George W. and Susan C. (Dollis) Eastin. The father, a native of Kentucky, came to Missouri in 1851 and settled in Clay County, and there took up farming activities, and spent the remainder of his life thus occupied, save for the period he spent as a soldier in the Confederate Army during the Civil war, in the command of General Shelby. He died on February 16, 1892. The mother of Lucian J. Eastin was a native of Clay County, and she died there on September 4, 1876, when her son was a boy of eight years. The family, on both paternal and maternal sides, is one that has long been established on American soil. Stephen Eastin, the great-grandfather of the subject, was born in Virginia in 1756, and the maternal grandsire of Mr. Eastin, John Majors by name, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He lived to a fine old age, and died in Clay County December 27, 1844, having come to that part of Missouri in 1838. His grave in Clay County is marked with a monument erected by the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to which society members of the family are eligible because of his service in the Revolutionary war period.
Lucian J. Eastin graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan, in 1894, and came direct to St. Joseph and began practice, and he has since been occupied in legal work in the city and county.
In November, 1908, he was elected judge of the Circuit Court of Buchanan County, and he served from January 1, 1909, to January 1, 1911, when he resigned to return to the practice.
Mr. Eastin has been active as an Odd Fellow, has been grand master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and has since 1907 represented that body in the Sovereign Grand Lodge, of which he is an active member.
On October 4, 1904, Miss Janet Strong, a daughter of Col. James W. Strong, became the wife of Mr. Eastin. Mrs. Eastin's father was a prominent lawyer of St. Joseph for years, and he was engaged in the publishing of the St. Joseph Herald from 1885 to June, 1886, when he met death in a tragic and untimely manner. Colonel Strong had been prominently identified with many public enterprises in St. Joseph and his death was a great shock and a heavy loss to the city.
Mr. and Mrs. Eastin have one son, Robert Strong Eastin, and the family home is at No. 202 S. Twentieth Street.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]