February 13, 2014

Traces of Laurel: Lucy J. Williams



Then Kellogg ends his profile by telling of Lucy’s run for Superintendent of Public Schools by saying she “made a hot fight for it” but was defeated, though narrowly.

In 1895, Kellogg could not know that Lucy J. Williams would be the first woman realtor in the region, that she would sell land to many Kentuckians in Deming, New Mexico, would go there to live herself where she invested in oil wells, eventually following her real estate trade to Catalina Island, Calif., where she also ran a boarding house.  She died there in 1925 and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.  A memorial stone with Lucy’s name was later placed beside her husband’s grave in A.R. Dyche Cemetery by her daughter, but her remains were not moved there.



The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.    Visit the historical society’s website at

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