Woman of the Century/Lucie Caroline Hager
LUCIE CAROLINE HAGER. HAGER, Mrs. Lucie Caroline, author, born in Littleton, Mass., 29th December, 1853. Her parents were Robert Dunn Gilson and Lydia Gilson. There were nine children in the family, of whom Mrs. Hager was the youngest. Heavy and peculiar trials attended her childhood, yet these circumstances deepened and intensified her poetical nature, while the more practical side of her character was strongly developed. She had a thirst for knowledge and used all available means to satisfy it Her education was acquired in adverse circumstances. Having entered the normal school in Framingham, Mass., in 1875, she was recalled to her home during the first weeks of the school year, and her studies were exchanged for days of patient watching with the sick, or such employment as she could obtain near her home. Her first poems appeared at that time. She met the daily ills of life with courage and lifted herself above them, seeking out what good she could find. With such private instruction as her country home afforded, she took up her studies with earnest purpose. She became a successful teacher of country schools and a bookkeeper. In October, 1882, she became the wife of Simon B. Hager She has one child, a boy. Most of her poems have appeared over the name Lucie C. Gilson. She has written a number of short prose stories. Her estimate of her own work is modest. She has recently written and published a very interesting history of the town in which she resides, entitled "Boxborough: A New England Town and its People."