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   IRA LUCE, deceased, formerly a prominent resident of Oneida and a man of excellent business qualifications, was born in the town of Richfield, Otsego County, July 14, 1814. His education was secured in the common schools of that County, and was of a practical character. He was always interested in local political and business matters, and for some time was Deputy and Under Sheriff of Otsego County. In 1864 he located in Oneida, and for some time was engaged in speculation, buying hops, and being interested in various enterprises, making money and accumulating a competence by fair and honest dealing with his fellow-men. He was thus engaged until his death, which occurred April 13, 1888.
   He was married to Amanda Robinson, a native of Richfield Springs, Otsego County, born October 14, 1814, and a daughter of Cyrus and Nancy (Duensmore) Robinson, the former of whom was from Massachusetts, settled in Richfield Springs when the county was yet new and wild, and was the first merchant of that village. After a prosperous career, in which he made for himself an enviable reputation as a straightforward and honorable business man, he died, at the age of seventy years. To the marriage of Ira Luce and Amanda Robinson there was born one child, Alfred, now living in New York City, and a successful hop-dealer. Ira Luce was a Democrat in politics, and fraternally an Odd Fellow. His widow now lives in Oneida, comfortably situated and surrounded, in the home her deceased husband prepared for his and her declining years. She is a member of the Episcopal church, a most excellent woman, and highly esteemed by all who know her.

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