Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890 - 1920
Biography of Willinor Blanche Fallis Lucas, 1870 - 1951
By Linda D. Wilson, Independent Historian
Oklahoma suffragist Willinor Blanche Fallis Lucas was born on May 20, 1870, in Kansas City, Missouri. Her parents were William Henry and Rebecca Jane "Jennie" (Hodge) Fallis. In 1889 her family moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, where her father served as mayor and practiced law. Although she was originally named Willinor, she was known as Blanche Lucas throughout her life. She received her education in Missouri, where she met and married Frank Bathurst Lucas in 1886. They had no children.
Blanche Lucas served as chair of the financial committee of the Oklahoma Woman's Suffrage Association, a NAWSA chapter. In June 1917 she hand-carried the suffrage bill from the Oklahoma Senate to the House to facilitate its movement through committees and its required signatures. After Oklahomans passed a suffrage amendment on November 5, 1918, Lucas helped organize and served as president of the Oklahoma League of Women Voters. Prior to her suffrage work, she published the Oklahoma Topics magazine and owned the Oklahoma Press Clipping Bureau. Through those efforts Lucas was a familiar name to journalists and politicians.
In addition to her work for the passage of the Oklahoma suffrage amendment, Blanche Lucas helped organize women's clubs and was a civic leader. She served on committees to organize a Boy Scouts troop in Ponca City and to purchase books for that city's public library. During World War I, she actively accomplished Red Cross duties. In the 1930s Lucas served as postmaster in Ponca City. In 1936 she was elected state director of the Oklahoma branch of the National Association of Postmasters. She resigned as postmaster in 1945. In recognition of her many accomplishments, Lucas was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1939. In 1948 she moved to Chula Vista, California, where she died on July 27, 1951. Blanche Lucas was buried next to her husband in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
SOURCES: Ada (OK) Weekly News, June 11, 1936; California, Death Index, 1940-1998, accessed on Ancestry.com, on June 17, 2019; Chickasha (OK) Daily Express, June 4, 1917; Chula Vista (CA) Star, October 15, 1948 and March 25, 1949; Bill Corbett, "Suffrage Amendment," The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=SU002. Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), June 7, 1935, April 23, 1939, and January 19, 1952; El Reno (OK) News, January 31, 1918; Muldrow (OK) Press, February 26 and July 16, 1909; Oklahoma News (Oklahoma City), June 2, 1917; Ponca City (OK) Courier, October 16 and November 27, 1919, and March 3, 1921; Suzanne H. Schrems, "League of Women Voters," The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc.php?entry=LE001. Joseph B. Thoburn and Muriel H. Wright, Oklahoma: A History of the State and Its People, Vol. 4 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1929), 758-759; U.S. Census, 1870, Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri; U.S. Census, 1880, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri; U.S. Census, 1900, Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma Territory; U.S. Census, 1910, Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma; U.S. Census, 1920, Ponca City, Kay County, Oklahoma; U.S. Census, 1930, Cross, Kay County, Oklahoma; U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, accessed on Ancestry.com, on June 17, 2019; Linda D. Wilson, "Lucas, Blanche Fallis," The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=LU001.