Lacy lived on the farm till 1884, when he went to Illinois to complete his course in the mechanical department of housebuilding. After returning and following this trade a while, he returned to farm life, not, however, before selecting as a partner through life Miss Ida Boggess, of near Greenville, Kentucky. After following farming a few years, Lacy concluded to take up his mechanical pursuit again and moved to Madisonville, having purchased a one-third interest in the then firm of Riggin and Daves. In a few years, he bought out the entire shop and ran it with much profit to him and satisfaction to his many customers. His workmanship as a wagon-maker was unexcelled and he built an extensive reputation in this department.