Jesse Cave Descendants recognized for Lucinda’s historical objects

Lone Jack Historical Society News Release

Contact: Alinda Miller, president, (816) 805-1815
Lone Jack Historical Society
PO Box 34
Lone Jack, MO 64070

Linda Barta, Secretary, (816) 805-4252

What: 2015 Commemoration
Where: Civil War Battlefield Park & Cemetery, 305 S. Bynum Rd., Lone Jack (½ mile south of Hwy 50 exit)
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jesse Cave descendants recognized for Lucinda’s historical objects

On August 16, 1862 a furious and bloody battle sweeps through the peaceful streets of Lone Jack. Yet in the aftermath, only one civilian dies. Lucinda Cave, whose husband owns the Cave Hotel located in the midst of the most aggressive fighting, dies several weeks after the battle from wound complications. As townspeople struggle to deal with the devastation, Lucinda lies in her bed struggling to heal and return to her small children. Dr. Ragsdale has made her as comfortable as he can. Healing is not to be. Friends and family stream in and out of the home with overwhelming sadness as they say goodbye to a dear friend. 

Lone Jack Historical Society President Alinda Miller states, “We are thrilled that during their visit last year, Cave family descendants from California were excited to learn of their family’s importance to the history of the town. They have given the group copies of several documents and photos. They have loaned us the bed in which Lucinda died for display in the hotel. The bed has been passed down through Lucinda’s son, Jesse’s, descendants.”

During Commemoration the two first-floor rooms of the Cave Hotel will be open for viewing. Lucinda’s bed will be the center point in the recreated period room. A copy of a never-before-seen-in-the-area photograph of Lucinda will highlight the displays in the history room. Reenactors will be camped on the hotel grounds to interact with visitors.

The always-moving wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted at the cemetery at 10 a.m.

At 1 p.m., listen to the sounds of Missouri as they echo from past times. Hank Roberts seeks to tell the stories of Missourians living along the border and experiencing the horrific times of the Border War and Civil War with his ballads of Missouri Sounds. 

During a Cave Hotel Open House from 2 to 3 p.m., a Civil War reenactor will portray Lucinda in a first person interpretation. Help us recognize Jesse Cave descendants for their contributions to local history.

Food will be available on the grounds. 

For information about the Commemoration, watch the historical society’s website at www.historiclonejack.org, visit our Facebook page or contact Alinda at president@historiclonejack.org.

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