Charles Lucian Baccus


Charles Lucian Baccus

Trigg County, Kentucky, USA
Death 23 Feb 1995 (aged 73)
Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Eddyville, Lyon County, Kentucky, USA
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Charles Lucian Baccus
Sex: M
ALIA: C. L. /Baccus/
Birth: 24 NOV 1921 in Old Center Furnace, Between the Rivers, Trigg Co., Kentucky
Death: 23 FEB 1995 in Western Baptist Hosp., Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky of Colon cancer
Residence: ABT 1960 Eddyville, Kentucky
Burial: 25 FEB 1995 Rolling Hills Cemetery, Eddyville, Lyon County, Kentucky
Occupation: BET 1962 AND 1991 Owner, Herald Ledger, Eddyville, Kentucky
Military Service: BET 1940 AND 1946 Chief Machinist Mate, U.S. Navy
Medical Information: Diagnosed with cancer in 1889, but fought a long 6 years.

Margie Baccus Hall 8/13/1993: We found this branch of the Baccuses quite by accident. My brother, Charles O. Baccus was the editor of the Murray Univ. Newspaper; Charles L. Baccus was editor of Eddyville News. He kept seeing this other Charles Baccus, they got together out of curiousity and found we were of the same family tree. Charles L.'s wife, Frances, is now the editor of the Eddyville News and very active in community affairs. Charles is in bad health, suffering with cancer. He plays a lot of golf.

RootsWeb Message Boards - Message [Charles L. Baccus - 1995]
Subject: Charles L. Baccus--1995
Author: Ken G.
Date: 20 Jan 2002 5:35 PM GMT
Email: [email protected]

Lyon County - Obituary:
Charles L. Baccus, 73, of Mulberry Street, Eddyville, died Thursday, February 23rd, at 5:07 a.m. at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah.

Former owner and publisher of The Herald Ledger newspaper in Eddyville, he was a member of Joppa Masonic Lodge No. 167 in Eddyville.

A community leader, he served two terms on the city council in Eddyville, was a charter member of the Lyon County Port Authority serving until 1993 and as chairman of the authority, wrote the $1.4 million grant application that was approved to develop the port in the 1970's.

He served a term on the board of the Kentucky River Port Authority in the 1970's. Along with his wife, Frances, they started the Lakeside Ledger in Eddyville in 1962, later buying the Lyon County Herald merging the two newspapers into the Herald Ledger in 1966. The paper was sold in 1991.

President of the Western Kentucky Press Association in the'60s, he also served four years on the board of directors of the Kentucky Press association. Prior to entering the newspaper business, he was an electrical engineer.

In 1969 he was named citizen of the year for his volunteer service to the community and for research six years on the board of the Pennyrile area Development District.

Following cancer surgery in 1988, he remained active until he was hospitalized.

He was a son of the late Fred and Alwilda Gray Baccus.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Murray Baccus; two daughters, Connie Dirks, Greenwood, Indiana and Sharon Burton, Eddyville; two grandsons, Stewart Burton, Bowling Green and Nicholas Burton, Eddyville; two brothers, Jim Bacchus, Eddyville, and Noble Lee Baccus, Valley Springs, Calif.; three sisters, Marchmond Murray, Mount Washington; Margaret Chambers and Della Oliver, both of Eddyville, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 25th, at 3:00 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home in Eddyville with the Rev. Steve McVay officiating.

Burial will follow in Rolling Hills Cemetery in Eddyville, Ky.

Margaret Anne Baccus Chambers , sister of Charles Lucian Baccus:

C.L. and his wife, Frances Louise Murray were the founders of the Lakeside Ledger, later consolidating and buying the Lyon Co. Herald (the only and oldest newspaper in Lyon Co., Ky.). After buying the Lyon County Herald, it became the Lakeside Ledger, which is in print today (3/2002). He purchased old equipment and started printing with no experience, but it soon took off and his writing (he was a very good writer) boosted the Lakeside Ledger to prominence over the Lyon Co. Herald. He later built a building in Eddyville, Ky. to house the Herald Ledger. This building is known as the Baccus Building, Erected 1987.

Each week, C. L. wrote a column in his paper called "As I See It". Following is one short article:
AS I SEE IT by C. L. Baccus
Some fellow said "marriages are made in Heaven" but he didn't linger to tell us how they're made to last . . . for fifty years, that is. Furthermore, it is quite possible he was never married at all and was only theorizing.
So, I'm going to ask a man who knows Sunday when I attend my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary and whatever the answer, I can think of at least one good reason I'm glad they got together 50 years ago.
Mama and Daddy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 20, 1974, with a reception and open house at their home in Princeton, Ky. hosted by their children.

Obits for C. L. Baccus in the Herald Ledger, Wed., March 1, 1995:
Long-time editor and publisher of the Lyon County "Herald Ledger", C. L. Baccus, died Thursday morning at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah.
Baccus began his newspaper career in 1962 as owner and publisher of the "Lakeside Ledger" along with his wife, Frances and later bought the "Lyon County Herald". The two newspapers were merged to form the "Herald Ledger" in 1966. Baccus retired from the newspaper business in 1982 and was best known for his weekly column, "As I See It".
In a 1991 interview following the Baccus' sale of the newspaper, he talked of his love for the newspaper business. "It has been a continuous high. There was no one day like another and that's what made it such an enjoyable occupation. I would have done it if I hadn't gotten paid." he told then-editor, Bobbie Foust.
"Of course, I violated all the rules of journalism - always a spectator, never a gladiator. To me, the fundamental rule has to be violated if you are going to run a smalltown newspaper because the newpaper is a method of influencing people for good or bad. Therefore you are right there in the middle of everything whether you want to be or not," he said.
Circuit Judge Bill Cunningham, who had known Baccus since he returned to Lyon County in 1962, rented the office next door to the Herald Ledger for many years. He remembered Baccus for his courage. "He was fearless when it came to taking up his pen against some injustice or miscarriage of public service by some office holder," Cunningham said.
"Now a lot of time, C. L. wouldn't have won a popularity contest," he said. "But he was almost always right. The truth hurts sometimes."
Cunningham said Baccus was one of the last of a dying breed of newspaper publishers. "He was the community gadfly and conscientious. When C. L. walked into a public meeting with his notebook and pen, you knew things were going to be done right." he said.
Though Baccus showed a sometimes "gruff exterior", I think that was a cover up for his soft side. He had a lot of compassion and that showed too in some of his columns. I think that is one of the reasons he fought so hard for those who he thought were being taken advantage of."
Baccus also cared for his community and served diligently on many boards and councils.
He served two terms on the Eddyville City Council and was a charter member of the Lyon County Port Authority serving until 1993. He was port authority chairman and wrote the $1.4 million grant application that was approved to develop the port in the late 1970's.
Baccus and his wife, Frances, started the Lakeside Ledger in Eddyville in 1962 and bought the Lyon County Herald. The two newspapers were merged to form the Herald Ledger in 1966. The Baccuses sold the newspaper in 1991.
Baccus served four years on the board of directors of the Kentucky Press Association, and he was president of the Western Kentucky Press Association in the 1960's.
He was an electrical engineer before going into the newspaper business.
He was named Lyon County Citizen of the Year in 1969 for his volunteer services to the community, and he served six years on the board of the Pennyrile Area Development District.
He underwent cancer surgery in 1988, but had remained active in the community until he was hospitalized Sunday, Feb. 19, 1995.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Morgan's Funeral Home in Eddyville. The Rev. Steve McVey officiated with burial in Rolling Hills Cemetery in Eddyville.
Survivors include his wife, Frances; two daughters, Connie Dirks of Greenwood, Ind., and Sharon Burton of Eddyville; two grandsons, Stewart Burton of Bowling Green and Nicholas Burton of Eddyville; two brothers, Jim Baccus of Eddyville and Noble Lee of Valley Spring, Calif.; three sisters, Marchmont Murray of Mt. Washington, Ky., Margaret Chambers and Della Oliver, both of Eddyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Hutch Goad, Richard Whittington, Jerry Gilbert, Jesse Garrett, Jack Litchfield and Ronald Murphy.
C. L. was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Frederick and Margaret Alwilda (Gray) Baccus and one brother, David Gray Baccus.

Father: Charles Frederick Baccus b: 17 FEB 1888 in Lyon County, Kentucky
Mother: Margaret Alwilda Gray b: 26 FEB 1900 in Lyon County, Kentucky

Marriage Frances Louise Murray b: 31 OCT 1925 in Lyon County, Kentucky
Married: BEF 1948

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