We are looking for the story.
The grave marker is here, and has been for a long time. No one we have found knows who put the marker here.
I saw wording on a decades old military topo map indicating there was a grave here, so I expect that it has been here a long time. The actual concrete and metal plaque appear to have been placed in more recent times than his death.
Google Map search
44 Jason Lucas Memorial Road Methow, Washington, USA.
His grave is here.
We, at this time, only know that he was a waggoner, a private, it seems, in the Illinois Infantry during Civil War times.
When was he born?
Where was he born?
Did he have siblings?
Did he have a wife?
Did he have children?
So far, it is all a mystery. This is an area with very low population, and 100 years ago, or so, when Jason Lucas died, there were almost no European descendants here, yet no one knows who Jason was.
Someone put some fence posts and barbwire around the grave to keep the cows from walking on it.
I'll post a foto of that, and would like to, somehow, it. Yet, I've no idea who, if anyone, still might have an interest. It makes it sort of odd to go to a Veteran's grave, isolated in the mountains, no locals knowing any story about it, and start doing things to the grave. Yet, the old metal posts, leaning from having cows rub on them, and the rusty barbwire make it look near lost.
Meanwhile, thinking on it all, I enter this and invite responses.
My name is Robert Thomas, USMC, Ret'd., PDRL
This is April, 2014.