Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical
Publishing Co., 1904.
JOHN C. LEWIS is at the head
of a thriving livery trade in Kahlotus, where he located in the present
year. He has a good building and equipment, which enables him to
care for the business that is drawn to him through his deferential treatment
of all patrons and conscientious care of their interests. Upon coming
to Franklin county, Mr. Lewis took a homestead which he sold after proving
up, to embark in his present business.
Reverting more particularly to his early life,
we note that our subject was born in Westminster, California on March 20,
1874, the son of W. B. S. and Mary Lewis, natives of Missouri and Kentucky,
respectively. They came west to Los Angeles county, in 1873, and
two years later returned to Missouri. Three years after that they
came back to California again, locating in Los Angeles county. There
the mother died in 1891 and the father is living in Glendora, California.
They were the parents of five children, Sarah M., William H., J.
C., E. L., and Mary. John C. was educated in the schools of Longbeach,
California, and when seventeen assumed the responsibilities of life for
himself. For three years he clerked in a general store, then followed
fruit farming for two years. In 1898 he came to Franklin county and
took a homestead, proving up on the same in due time. In 1904 he
bought the business and stock in Kahlotus and removed hither.
Mr. Lewis was married in 1901, Cora M. Moore
becoming his wife on that occasion. She is the daughter of E. B.
and Ole (Penney) Moore, who were the parents of five children. Mr.
Lewis is a strong Democrat and always is found in the harness ready to
forward the principles he believes to be for the best interest and welfare
of the country. He is a member of the Christian church and is a man
who receives the confidence and esteem of all who know him.
Five months after his first marriage, Mr.
Lewis was called to mourn the death of his wife. On May 9, 1904,
he contracted a second marriage, Miss Estella Hodgen being the lady of
his choice. Her parents, Harvey and Augusta (Stetson) Hodgen, natives
of Missouri and Oregon, respectively, have always been farmers and now
dwell in Adams county, this state.