This is a feature that looks at five facts of Lacey’s history provided by “Lacey Township People and Progress,” a book written by Dr. Ralph K. Turp and stored at the library.
1. One of the areas first murders was Thomas Williams, a teenager, during the time of the Revolutionary War. Williams had gotten into an argument on a walk with his friend Peter Stout. When Williams didn't return home, his mother went looking for him and discovered his body. Stout was apprehended, with bloodied hands. He was found guilty after a trial, hung and buried on the south side of Stout's Creek.
2. Thomas Potter, well-known in Lacey, his son Ephraim was indicted twice for playing ten pins (bowling) on the Sabbath.
3. Ephraim's son Thomas was indicted for killing six small hogs on a farm.
4. John Murray, also well-known in Lacey, had been jailed for non-payment of bills. He also lost his wife and children in a fire. His former Methodist congregation thought he was being punished for his sins. He then joined the Universalist chuch, eventually preaching the first Universalist sermon in the country in Good Luck.
5. In front of the Potter Church was the Friendship Garden, created by Lillian Taylor and local churchwomen.