Rachel E. Lamb, daughter of Hezekiah Lamb and Hannah Small, was born 7 March 1844, in Grant County, Indiana.
She was nine, when she moved with her parents to Dallas County, Iowa, in 1853.
She was married 27 August 1861, in Dallas County, to Thomas D. Lewis, who was born 4 June 1837, in Wayne County, Indiana, son of Samuel Lewis and Lucinda Hinshaw. (See: Lewis Family, Part I)
“After Thomas and Rachel were married it is assumed that they lived on a section of Samuel’s land since no land deeds (neither purchases or transfers) could be found on file at the Courthouse in Adel, Iowa. Thomas and Rachel had eight children, all born near Redfield, in Dallas County, Iowa. Their home was located on Coon Creek. When Samuel’s land was sold in 1882, to pay the original land loan and a mortgage, Thomas, Rachel, and their six living children moved from Dallas County, Iowa, to Jewell County, Kansas. They crossed the Missouri River from Iowa to Nebraska on a ferry at Nebraska City, Nebraska. (The two babies are buried in East Linn Cemetery in Redfield, Iowa, near Samuel and Lucinda Lewis.)
"The family settled on Ash Creek in White Mound Township, In Jewell County, Kansas. There were no land records found on file at the Courthouse in Mankato, Kansas, but the 1909 Plat book showed the location of their property. Rachel and Thomas were from Quaker families and early records of White Mound Township list a Quaker Meeting House in that township. Their daughter Dora (Eldora) never married and she lived with them until their deaths. She moved to Concordia, Kansas.
"Rachel died 22 December 1912, in Jewell County, and Thomas died in 1918, in Northbranch, Jewell County They are both buried in Highland Cemetery, north of Esbon, Kansas. The most remembered thing about Thomas was his white beard. All of Thomas and Rachel’s children settled along Ash Creek with their families and all six are buried in Highland Cemetery." — Kathy Lewis Burkett
Lydia Viola Lewis, daughter of Rachel E. Lamb and Thomas D. Lewis, was born 5 April 1963, near Redfield, Dallas County, Iowa.
She was married in Ohio, to James Marion Pixler, who was born February 1860, son of Henry Pixler and Martha ___.
James died in 1943, and Lydia died 23 September 1954. They are both buried in Highland Cemetery, Jewell County, Kansas.
Joshua Edwin Lewis (Ed), son of Rachel E. Lamb and Thomas D. Lewis, was born 22 June 1866, near Redfield, Dallas County, Iowa.
He was married 20 February 1896, in Jewell County, Kansas, to Amy R. Thurber, who was born 31 October 1875, in Iowa.
Amy died 9 November 1902, in Jewell County, and Ed died 15 May 1955. Both are buried in Highland Cemetery. All of the children were born in Jewell County.
James Alvia Lewis (Ab) , son of Rachel E. Lamb and Thomas D. Lewis, was born 5 December 1867, near Redfield, Dallas County Iowa.
At the age of 14, he lost the sight of his left eye because of firecrackers. He moved with his parents to Jewell County, Kansas, in 1883.
Ab was married 9 January 1894, in Red Cloud, Nebraska, to Lillie Mae Davis, who was born 27 July 1870, in Iowa, daughter of Harrison Davis and Martha Stiner. (See: Davis Family, Part I)
They purchased 80 acres of land, a timber claim, from the Isaac Broadhead estate for $725. in north Jewell County The description was “the E 1/2 of the NW 1/4 Section 20." The deed was dated 22 December 1899, and filed 5 March 1900. According to the land records, the 80 acres that Ab purchased in 1899, was sold for taxes, to R. Shute, for $1400.
“Lillie Mae was the youngest child in her family. They settled in Highland Township, Jewell County, Kansas, before Lillie was a year old. She related many stories of Indian incidents during her childhood to her children, because they had, indeed, settled in this section of Kansas before the Indians left the area. Lillie finished her schooling and spent three years teaching before she married Ab Lewis. Lillie is remembered by her children as being not too tall, and on the `chunky’ side. Roy remembers his mother’s laughter. It was infectious, and she laughed frequently. Her disposition was that of a very easy going person. She never let a cluttered house or dirty dishes stand in the way of her telling stories to the children. Lillie also like to draw. She did very small intricate ink picturesidence of birds. The picture I saw was about 2" by 3" and very detailed.
“Lillie was fortunate to receive as a gift from her brother Frank, a wooden dish cabinet that he had built from a tree that he felled. The cabinet stands about 6’ tall, and approximately 4’ in length. The depth at the base is about 24" and the depth at the top about 18. " The cabinet was meant to be passed down to the youngest daughter of the family. It is now in the possession of Laura Henderson. Aunt Laura also has the `spoon bowl,’ rolling pin, and wooden mixing spoon that had belonged to Lillie.
Lillie died 14 September 1915. The cause of death was listed as `acute meanlinitis (?) following abortion.’ Ab never remarried and he remained on their land. With the help of family and friends he raised the ten children. After the death of her mother, Alice, at the age of 18, took over the duties of helping raise her brothers and sisters."
Kathy relates: “Roy remembered his father Ab as being a reasonable happy man with time to play with the kids. He would frequently stop his fieldwork and take time for a ball game, or a game of hide. Ab was not a person to work on Sundays, but during the farming season, he could be seen in any one of their many potato patches `picking’ potato bugs nearly every Sunday.
“Ab spent a great deal of time reading his Bible, in fact every spare minute he had, you would find him reading his Bible. One story in particular relating to the Bible reading was told to me by Roy. It seems Ab would get very intent when he read the Bible, and he was deeply serious about what he read. This particular time, he lay his Bible down and said to Uncle Roy,
“Come on, Roy, come help me." He then proceeded to the kitchen dish cabinet where he kept his one pound can of tobacco This he took down, and grabbed a spade, and headed for the southwest part of the yard where he buried the pound can. Several days later Ab was seen headed for the same spot again with his spade, and he dug up the can of tobacco. When Roy asked him about this, his reply was,
“I’ve been reading further in the Bible, and now know its not what you put into your mouth that is sinful, but what comes out of it." The burying of the tobacco can was a frequent happening, as was the digging up of the pound can. Ab’s Bible is in the possession of Uncle Bill (Harry).
“It has also been said that Ab could be a very difficult man to get along with. He was easily angered and never forgot anything. He frequently, in the heat of an argument would resort to quoting the Bible. He was remembered as being a `night’ person. He spent a lot of time alone just walking at night. The family never knew when he would come in, or go to bed. He disliked storms, the children were sent to the “cellar," a cave just to the north of the house, whenever any storm came up. (I believe the cave site to be the same as the original dwelling place for Ab and Lillie)
“Ab was a strong Republican, and served as `head’ of the school committee for 7 years. During the course of his childhood and early adult life, Ab received several blows to the head, each incident was related to a tree or tree branch. After the last one, it was apparent he had suffered some type of brain damage as he had frequent `black out spells.’ Alice and Leslie Dale remained at the family farm caring for their father until his death in 1935. The cause of death is listed as `acute mania.’ Letha Henderson helped care for the children at that time, and told me that the evidence leading up to the `spell’ that so completely changed Ab Lewis, indicated a stroke. I believe this was possible and considering the earlier head injuries, could account for the actions preceding his death."
As I see it, looking back a few years, I think God has been good to me and all the rest, if we just look back and see and enjoy what He has done. He has made it possible to live and enjoy our work and especially natures help and the beauty of Mother Nature around us.
It seems like only yesterday, but has been almost 73 years. Some memories are good, and some I would like to leave out, but as time passes, I will put them all together.
Our family consisted of five brothers and four sisters. One brother died in early years. My mom died when I was thirteen, but I was old enough to remember her. She was a beautiful woman, and a good mother to all her children. My older brother Glen died in 1936, at the age of 36. Glen and myself were very good friends and close to each other. It was a great loss to me, but time will tell the story for all.
We lived on an 80 acre place in north Jewell County, Kansas. Our parents homesteaded back in the early days on what was called a timber claim. They built a sod house. I was always told the oldest four of our family, including myself were born in the sod house. Then my dad moved, or built a two room house. In later years they added one room called a lean-to, or kitchen. Dale, our youngest brother, was born in 1910. Our mother died in 1915, but nine kids and mom and dad lived in the three room house. Our school was close by, only 1/4 mile away.
Many things took place. Once in 1908, when a tornado came up the creek, it took everything but our house. We were all in the cave just north of our house. I still remember seeing it coming till it got close and dad shut the door. The storm was a bad one. It took several homes, and killed some neighbor kids. Our dad had a brand new carriage. The storm destroyed it; then Dad bought a new spring wagon. After the tornado, I stepped on a nail and run it through the bottom of my foot. I hobbled around the rest of the summer. The storm hit sometime the first of June. Years later, Glen and myself bought a new top buggy--drove a single horse most of the time.
I think I was about 10, or 11 years old, when I was helping hold some part of Dad’s fodder sled, while he was changing the knife on it. He told me to be careful when I stepped away from it, but I gave a big jump and caught my leg on the knife, it almost cut it off. I still have the scar from it.
I never will forget one time when Glen and myself were teasing Dad’s bull. He chased us, and we went up a tree. We had to stay there almost a half-day. Someone found us, and Dad had to chase the bull away.
Some of the good times and mean tricks happened when our older sisters would bring their pals home to spend the night with them. Four or five in one bed, in a room cut into by curtains--boys in one end, girls on the other side. We would tell stories, guess names and riddles, and once in a while pillows were torn open from throwing them back and forth at each other.
Nights were very busy because we had no bath room, or anything modern, just a large tub to take turns taking a bath. All the water had to be carried from the outside pump. We had an outside toilet, with a large black kettle, or pot as we called it, sitting in the corner.
We had lots of fun when one had a birthday. Everyone had a turn to give him or her a few pats on the back. I remember our old dog. Our kitchen door opened to the south side onto a small porch. The dog would crawl under it to hide, when he got tired of playing. Once, when we couldn’t get him to come out, I got a kettle of hot water, and poured it down the crack in the porch floor. He came out and bit two of the ones closest by, as he came out.
Back in those days, seems like all the kids picked up a nickname. Mine was Punch, and my brother Glen was Judy. There was a man by that name who lived around Burr Oak, Kansas.
We were always short on water; the wells were going dry all the time. We had to hand pump water for stock. Our dad dug a well, with us boys helping. We took turns doing down digging. We pulled the dirt up with a rope and bucket. I still have the windlass wheel we made on the job. Once, I tried to crawl out of the well, hand and foot up the sides. I made it about half way up. It was 36 feet deep. I had to call for help. So Glen let the bucket down and I stepped in the bucket, and him and Dad pulled me up out of the well. After us older boys left home, we got our dad to try for a new well. He found water, dug a new well, and as far as I know it never has been pumped dry. They still use it with electricity.
We kids, boys and girls, were always riding horses. We had several. One time Glen and I were riding double on the same horse, running down the hill. The horse stumbled and threw me about 30 feet. I lit on my right arm and broke it. I remember going to Northbranch, to Dr. Heramer, to get it set. After it was about healed and ready to use, I fell and broke it again.
Us boys used to make bows and arrows. We put a nail in the end of an arrow, and shot rabbits and other things. One time my arrow got stuck in the back of a pig. I almost got in bad trouble.
Many scary things happened while we kids were playing. One time, the snow was drifted into very large drifts, on the big hill west of our house along the creek bank. We would run and jump off the bank in the drift. Every one took turns in the same place, and it got very deep. We had to pull each other out each time. Sister Belle jumped in, we pulled her out, and her overshoes came off. I went in head first to get the shoe, and got stuck. The rest of them finally pulled me out by my feet and legs. I had almost smothered, and besides, I was scared very badly.
I finally passed the exams in the eight grade, after taking them three times. The last time, I only had one subject to take- Arithmetic. In 1916, I went to Northbranch High School for two and 1/2 years. I quit at the middle of the year and I never did go back and finish. In March of 1913, I hurt my foot. I had jumped from the bank of the creek, and lit with one foot in a track in the frozen mud. I finally pulled out of the deep track, but I couldn’t walk on that foot for about six weeks.
We were always running horse races, riding bareback. We never had enough money to buy a saddle. I could ride backwards or forward, sometimes standing up and riding on a dead run. We had one horse I could be on while running, going back and forth from one side around under her neck, and back up on the other side. During World War I, Dad sold one of my riding horses. He was a 3 year old. He got a big price for him, and told me he would give me old Queen’s next colt. That spring, I think it was about 1914, or 1916, she had a pretty black colt. I kept her till I raised two more colts. We sold them the spring of 1924, for $300. I got the check, went to Red Cloud the next Saturday night and bought a new Ford roadster. Cost me $300.
George Scott Lewis, son of Rachel E. Lamb and Thomas D. Lewis, was born 18 September 1870, near Redfield, Dallas County, Iowa.
He attended Ash Creek School.
He was married 7 March 1893, in Red Cloud, Nebraska, to Mary Belle Bullock, who was born 1872, in Fort Scott, Iowa, daughter of Arthur Bullock and Oral Davis. They lived near Ash Creek United Brethren in Christ Church, in Jewell County, Kansas.
George’s obituary says that he was converted at Windy Point School House as a young man and lived very close to the Lord. He was among the first to organize a Sunday School, serving as super-intendent, class leader, and teacher.
Mary died 23 January 1943; George died 21 September 1948; both in Jewell County; both buried in Highland Cemetery, north of Esbon. All children born in Jewell County.
Inis Jane Lewis, daughter of Rachel E. Lamb and Thomas D. Lewis, was born 30 August 1876, near Redfield, Dallas County, Iowa.
She was married to Alymer “Ray" Thurber, who was born March 1874, in Iowa, and died 1931. She died in 1964. They both died in Jewell County, Kansas, and are both buried in Highland Cemetery, North of Esbon, Kansas.
Dolly Lewis, daughter of Joshua Edwin Lewis and Amy R. Thurber, was born in 1902.
She was married 30 May 1926, to Charles Sandlain. Dolly died in 1932, and is buried at Highland Cemetery, north of Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
Glenn D. Lewis, son of James Alvia Lewis and Lillie Mae Davis, was born 10 April 1901, in Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 15 July 1925, in Mankato, Kansas, to Edna Marshall, who was born 25 February 1905, in Anthony, Kansas. Glenn died 17 August 1936, of Brights Disease, and is buried in Highland Cemetery, north of Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
Edna was married 5 September 1941, to Ulric Mohler, who died 14 March 1970, of Leukemia. The children were born in Burr Oak, Jewell County, Kansas.
Roy Russell Lewis, son of James Alvia Lewis and Lillie Mae Davis, was born 28 December 1902, in Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 4 December 1927, at the home of the bride near Burr Oak, Kansas, to Alta Shambaugh, born 14 June 1905, daughter of Will Shambaugh and Della Gimdy. (She had one brother-James, born 1898).
“Glen and I rented some ground from neighbors, and farmed together for two years. Glen bought a Model T Ford roadster in 1923; I bought my first one in 1924. I worked out, part time, in 1923 and 1924, for John Weesner. During the middle of the summer in 1924, Alta Shambaugh came to her cousin Nellie’s to take music lessons. That is where and when we first knew of each other. We were married in 1927, soon it will be 50 years.
“The fall of 1924 I went to Doniphan, Nebraska, to pick corn. Also, later on, I picked corn for Soren Christensen at Bostwick. In 1925 I worked for Burin Reed southwest of Bostwick. He bought a pair of mules from my brother Glen, and brought them home. The next day he went to Frank George’s to help make hay and traded them to Frank for a team of outlaws. I was using them one day, and they run away while I was a little ways off digging post holes. The team my brother sold Burin was broke to ride. Us boys had them so we could ride up to a fence, and they would go over with us on them. We used to ride them to wolf hunts. I got fired on June 15. Henry and I went to Western Kansas to work at harvest for Forest Wood. He used to be our neighbor and we went to school together. The fall of 1925, I worked for James, Alta’s brother, picking corn.
“In 1926, I traded my 1924 Roadster to Charley Pharis in Guide Rock for a new one. Some time in July, I went to Elm Creek, Nebraska, and worked at putting up hay and threshing. On 11 August 1926, I went to Palasaides, co, to pick peaches. I went with Glen and Edna, and Edna’s sister. Also picked apples. We left Peonia, co, about the last of October, drove in rain and snow most of the way home. Glen drove his Model T touring car. While we were at Peonia, we worked for our great uncle, Rap Lewis, my grandpa’s brother.
“I picked corn for Alta’s father, then Don McPherson on the south side of the river. In the spring of 1927, I worked for Amos Dillon southwest of Bostwick. In the fall of 1927, I picked corn for James Shambaugh.
"On 4 December 1927, Alta and I were married. We lived with her folks until 1929, when the house burned down. Dorothy, our first daughter, born 19 February 1929, was three days old when the house burned. I had the place across south of us rented. We moved in with Hamels in March, and they moved where Oscar Kramp lives now, just east of us on the hill.
“We had many ups and downs. One morning I found one of our work horses down in the barn, hurt so bad, I had to shoot it. Shortly after, the last one of our milk cows died. Somehow, we kept going. 1929 and 1930 were good crops for us. So we did Oklahoma. We had a good garden, lots of melons and potatoes and we raised chickens then. We had several bad storms and back sets, but we did very good.
“Alta’s folks built a new house, and moved into it in 1930. Our daughter Mary was born 8 January 1931. In 1931, Alta’s father took sick, so we rented their place, and moved in with them. In March 1931, her father passed away. Her mother lived with us till her death in 1940.
“During the first few years of the 30’s, the price of everything went down. We sold cows for 1 1/2 cents per lb, for hogs $3, and bought corn for 9 cents per bushel.
“The place we live on now kept going in the Federal Land Bank. We bought the Scully lease. We had no money, but kept hanging on till later years, we bought 80 acres from Scully, and also got the Federal Land Bank paid off. In 1934, we had a bad drouth, and had to sell or kill all the cattle, but six head. During the dust storms of 1934 and 1935, the fences were buried with dust from the storms, with only signs of top wire showing in places. Some of them had to be completely rebuilt.
“1935 was the big flood on the Republican River. That year, my father passed away. Russell, our third child was born 4 October 1935, and things went on and on till 1939, Jean came along. Alta’s mother passed away in 1940. Then in 1941, John was born on 4 January.
“In 1942, I picked corn for Ward Henderson, east of Superior. I started carrying mail as a substitute, out of Bostwick. I carried mail until 1969, when the office closed; done this for 27 years. For 3 years, I was the regular carrier, after Charley Gibson retired. Also, I was the substitute postmaster for Tom Mohler for most of those 27 years.
“I bought Traveler (horse) in August 1951. He was 2 years old at that time. I still had him in 1976, but he has since gone where all good horses go. I worked horses till I got the tractor in 1939, an old John Deere on steel wheels. In 1949, I bought a new John Deere B tractor. I have had several new cars and lots of older ones–new Chevy in 1930, new Hudson in 1952, new pickup in 1960, new ford in 1968, and a new Chevy pickup in August 1976.
“During the last few years, I have worked at the Bostwick elevator. Worked for Ellis Clyde, Wayne Hobbs, then in 1970, I started working with Harold Gharring most of the time. Since March 1975, I have been by myself, and still am at the present time. (May 1982)
“As I see it, looking back a few years, I think God has been good to me and the rest, if we just look back and see and enjoy what He has done. He has made it possible to live and enjoy our work and nature's help and the beauty of Mother Nature around us."
Both Roy and Alta were living in Guide Rock, Nebraska, in 1983. They have 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Laura May Lewis, daughter of James Alvia Lewis and Lillie Mae Davis, was born 19 May 1905, in Jewell County, Kansas.
She was married 2 June 1924, in Esbon, Kansas, to Harry Henderson. Her sons are partners in “Henderson Brothers-Ranchers," in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Lula Faye Lewis, daughter of James Alvia Lewis and Lillie Mae Davis, was born 14 May 1906, in Jewell County, Kansas.
She was married 21 June 1933, to Clair Harris, who was born 21 March 1910, in Jewell County, and died 20 July 1970 in Nauvoo, Illinois, son of Loren Harris and Martha Henderson. Lulu was living in 1981.
Henry Charles Lewis, son of James Alvia Lewis and Lillie Mae Davis, was born 11 September 1907, in Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 2 April 1931, to Lucille Weems, who was born 25 February 1911, in Washington County, Colorado, daughter of Bart Weems (part Indian) and ___ Horton.
James Harry Lewis, son of James Alvia Lewis and Lillie Mae Davis, was born 28 August 1908, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 12 June 1929, to Rhea Amelia Spencer, who was born 28 December 1909, in Esbon, daughter of Jeremiah Spencer and Rova Sloan. Harry is a retired railroad man, living in Pocatello, Idaho.
Leslie Dale Lewis, son of James Alvia Lewis and Lillie Mae Davis, was born 12 October 1910, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 18 November 1936, in Esbon, in the home of Reverend John D. Lamb, to Ethel Berniece Liles, who was born 14 November 1917, in Hershey, Lincoln County, Nebraska, daughter of Albert Hubbard Liles and Annie T. Lewis. They were divorced in 1976.
He is a retired truck driver, and lives in Ferris, Illinois. Ethel was married/2 to Harry Louis Knuffman. The children were all born in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
Guy Henry Lewis, son of George Scott Lewis and Mary Belle Bullock, was born 27 June 1895, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 22 March 1916, to Grace Sabin, who was born 13 June 1896, in a dugout, daughter of William P. Sabin (died 1930) and Ida M. Wells (died 1908). She had a sister Nellie, who died in 1916, and a sister Gertrude, who died in 1948.
Music was an important part of Grace’s life. She began singing alto at the age of three, and sang at churches, and for funerals, with her family, and with her husband. They were faithful and active members of the Ash Creek United Brethren, in Jewell County, and when they retired to Red Cloud, Nebraska, in 1958, they belonged to the Assembly of God.
Guy died 25 February 1974. In 1987, Grace entered the Heritage Nursing Home in Red Cloud. She died 1 January 1988, in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. They were buried in Highland Cemetery, Jewell County, Kansas. The children were all born near Esbon, Jewell County.
Floyd Thomas Lewis, son of George Scott Lewis and Mary Belle Bullock, was born 7 December 1896, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was in the U. S. Navy, 1918 to 1921.
He was married to Ruby Thompson, who was born 28 May 1899. Floyd died 30 April 1974, in Jewell County, and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Jewell County.
Ollie Lewis, daughter of George Scott Lewis and Mary Belle Bullock, was born 17 October 1901, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
She was married to Forrest Hockett, son of Ed and Zella Hockett.
Elmer Raymond Lewis, son of George Scott Lewis and Mary Belle Bullock, was born about 1906, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas, being graduated from High School, in 1924.
He was married 29 April 1926, in Jewell County, to Daisy Ethel Moore, a school teacher, who was born 3 April 1906, in Ematine, Kansas, daughter of Pling Moore and Mary Higgens. Daisy had a sister Amy.
A farmer, Elmer lived in Highland Township, for 30 years. In Red Cloud, Nebraska, he operated a produce and feed business until his retirement.
Daisy died 20 August 1980, in Red Cloud. Daisy was preceded in death by two grandsons, Gale Lee Lewis, and Ralph Edgar Lewis. Elmer lives in Cowles, Nebraska. All of the children were born 9 miles north of Esbon.
Encilee Kyle Lewis, son of Glenn D. Lewis and Edna Marshall, was born 12 February 1927, in Burr Oak, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married to Marilyn ___. Residence. Manhattan, Kansas.
Max Eugene Lewis, son of Glenn D. Lewis and Edna Marshall, was born 29 June 1934, in Burr Oak, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married to Jane ___. Residence. Burr Oak.
Dorothy Vivian Lewis, daughter of Roy Lewis and Alta Shambaugh, was born 19 February 1929, at Shambaugh house in Bostwick, Nebraska.
A teacher, she was married 7 November 1948, to Bobbie Dean Michaud, who was born 1 November 1929. Bob was in the U. S. Navy, and has been working for the Nebraska National Guard in Lincoln, Nebraska since April 1956. All sons attended the State University and Milford Trade School.
Mary Louise Lewis, daughter of Roy Lewis and Alta Shambaugh, was born 8 January 1931, Bostwick, Nebraska.
A teacher, she was married 28 January 1951, to Leif Olaf Hoel, who was born 18 April 1929. Leif has been a ranch manager, and is presently a rural mail carrier, and a draftsman and machinist at the University of Wyoming. Mary Louise is presently an administrative secretary. The children were all born in Laramie, Wyoming.
James Russell Lewis, son of Roy Lewis and Alta Shambaugh, was born 4 October 1935, in Bostwick, Nebraska.
He was married 9 November 1958, Laramie, Wyoming, to Julia Ann O’Dell, who was born 6 July 1937 in Laramie. He works for the St. Vrain Valley Public Schools in Erie, Colorado.
Lela Jean Lewisdaughter of Roy Lewis and Alta Shambaugh, was born 2 March 1939, in Bostwick, Nebraska.
She was married 28 August 1934, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Kenneth Pester, a rancher, who was born 26 August 1939.
John Robert Lewis, son of Roy Lewis and Alta Shambaugh, was born 4 January 1941, in Bostwick, Nebraska.
He was married 28 March 1970, to Janis Hallgrimson, who was born 16 June 1947, in Superior, Nebraska. He has served in the U. S. Army, and is currently working in the Kodak Plant, in Winsor, Colorado. Janis is an LPN at the hospital in Loveland, co, where they make their home.
Dale Dwaine Harris, son of Lula Faye Lewis and Clair Dwaine Harris, was born 29 June 1936, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 22 November 1961, in Carthage, Illinois, Court House, Hancock County, Illinois, to Rosa Knorr, who was born 21 September 1935, in Oberspringen, West Germany, daughter of Andreas Knorr and Maria Hausler. He is a building contractor; they live in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Titus Leroy Harris, son of Lula Faye Lewis and Clair Dwaine Harris, was born 29 September 1938, in Monroe, Illinois.
He was married 31 March 1959, in Carthage, Illinois, to Judith Marlene Kudebeh, who was born 17 October 1939, in Fort Madison, Iowa. He is an interstate truck driver. The children were all born in Fort Madison.
Gary L. Harris, son of Lula Faye Lewis and Clair Dwaine Harris, was born 22 January 1946, in Fort Madison, Iowa. He served in the US Army.
He was married 29 June 1967, in Firenze, Italia (Florence, Italy), to Daniela Filippeschi, who was born 26 August 1946, in LaApezia, Italy, daughter of Mario Filippeschi (opera singer) and Anna Pucci. She is a tutor, and a teacher’s aid, and works at Furniture Center.
He is Relief General Supervisor for Hubinger Heinz Company. Residence-Hamilton, Illinois.
Robert Charles Lewis, son of Charles Henry Lewis and Lucille Weems, was born 23 June 1938, Fort Morgan, Colorado.
He was married 16 July 1960, in Fort Morgan, to Kathleen Ann Foos, who was born 8 January 1942, in Fort Morgan.
Opal Jean Lewis, daughter of James Harry Lewis and Rhea Amelia Spencer, was born 9 August 1930, in Jewell County, Kansas.
She was married 20 June 1948, in Laramie, Wyoming, to Robert Kindsey Kelly, who was born 12 December 1922, in Savery, Wyoming, son of John Paul Kelly and Amelia Dewald. He is a former Navy Seabee, and a welder.
Cecil Allen Lewis, son of James Harry Lewis and Rhea Amelia Spencer, was born 24 July 1939, in Laramie, Wyoming.
He was married/1 4 June 1961, to Carolyn Conyers, and divorced in Denver, Colorado.
He was married/2 15 August 1969, in Denver, to Lynne Louise Walter, who was born 12 December 1946, in Nyack, New York.
Helen Marie Lewis, daughter of Leslie Dale Lewis and Ethel Berniece Liles, was born 18 July 1938, in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
She was married 16 August 1958, in Wilson, Connecticut, to Roland Louis Frechette, who was born 18 August 1936, in New Bedford, Maryland, son of Raymond G. Frechette and Cecilia Duguay.
She was in the Women’s Army Corp, 1956-1958, and is an executive secretary. They are former restaurant owners. He is a health inspector, and teaches food trade at the Grasso South East Vocational Technical School.
Carol Kathryn Lewis, daughter of Leslie Dale Lewis and Ethel Berniece Liles, was born 3 December 1940, in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
She was married 8 June 1958, in Nauvoo, to Frank M. Burkett, a teacher, who was born 11 July 1933, in Williamstown, Clark County, Missouri, son of Edgar Bane Burkett and Mildred O. Oard. She is a secretary.
Sharon Jean Lewis, daughter of Leslie Dale Lewis and Ethel Berniece Liles, was born 13 March 1944, in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
She was married 21 June 1963, in Nauvoo, to Lanny Arthur Cook, born 5 August 1944, Monmouth, Illinois, son of Edred Arthur Cook and Velma Louise Smith. Lanny is a 5-year veteran of the U. S. Navy, and is a mechanic.
Barbara Anne Lewis, daughter of Leslie Dale Lewis and Ethel Berniece Liles, was born 22 December 1950, in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
She was married 10 November 1973, in Nauvoo, to Hursel Wayne Hanks, who was born 19 October 1953.
Donald S. Lewis, son of Guy Henry Lewis and Grace Sabin, was born 17 June 1917, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married to Rosalie Mullen, daughter of Howard Mullen and Grace Parker. In 1988, they live in Hastings, Nebraska. In his mother’s obituary that year, his wife was named Audrey. He died before November 2002
Delbert Leroy Lewis, son of Guy Henry Lewis and Grace Sabin, was born 22 December 1919, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 30 May 1941, in Grand Island, Nebraska, to his cousin, L-91 Garnet Louise Hudiburgh, who was born 18 March 1919, in Northbranch, Jewell County, Kansas, daughter of Elsie Lamb and Harold Hudiburgh. (See Group “L," Part I)
A farmer, Delbert owns gas stations, and a elevator. They raise and show quarter horses. In 1990, they bought the Lucky Diamond Ranch in the Imnaha Valley, in Wallowa County, Oregon, dividing their time with Kansas.
Delbert died 28 November 2002, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was buried in the Highland Cemetery, in Jewell Counnty, Kansas.
Delbert received his formal education attending Windy Point rural school, north of Esbon, Kansas. He then began to farm and drive a truck. They raised turkeys. They moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska and also began to raise livestock. He owned and operated a number of area gas stations, and later Del’s Country Convenience stores. In 1946, he purchased Peterson Oil Company, which he continued to operate until his death. In 1970, he built the Lewis Grain Elevator in Red Cloud.
Delbert was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the Red Cloud Masonic Lodge, AF&AM, the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association, the Red Cloud Chamber of Commerce. He served many years as the chairman of the Red Cloud Airport Authority, and a former member of the Red Cloud Board of Education.
Doris E. Lewis, daughter of Guy Henry Lewis and Grace Sabin, was born 1 September 1926, near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
She was married to Charles Brady, son of Ted Brady and Estrella Strop. Residence-Huntington, Indiana, 1998. She was living in 2002.
Kenneth Lewis, son of Floyd Lewis and Ruby Thompson, was born 17 December 1921, a twin.
He was married to Dorothy Long.
Velma Hockett, daughter of Ollie Lewis and Forrest Hockett, was married to Gene Jobe.
Ardeth Hockett, daughter of Ollie Lewis and Forrest Hockett, married Erwin Cook.
Travis Hockett, son of Ollie Lewis and Forrest Hockett, was married to Grace Watson.
Mary Maxiene Lewis, daughter of Elmer Raymond Lewis and Daisy Moore, was born 28 March 1927, north of Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
A teacher, she was married in 1947, to Eldon Smith, of Downs, Kansas.
Paul W. Lewis, son of Elmer Raymond Lewis and Daisy Moore, was born 18 March 1930, north of Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1951, being discharged in 1954. While in the service he met his wife-to-be.
He was married 3 April 1954, in Kitsinger, Germany, to Gertrude Kobnik, who was born at Rapson (East Germany), daughter of Wilhen and Martha Kobnik. Paul has worked for the Burlington Railroad for 30 years.
Elmer Leroy Lewis, son of Elmer Raymond Lewis and Daisy Moore, was born 26 January 1932, north of Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas.
He was married 26 March 1951, near Burr Oak, Jewell County, Kansas, at the home of the bride’s parents, to Violet Mae Alexander, who was born 17 March 1952, daughter of Elmer Alexander and Florence Silsby.
He has been associated with Service Stations, in Kansas and Nebraska for 28 years. They moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1959.
Garold Dean Michaud, son of Dorothy Vivian Lewis and Bobbie Dean Michaud, was born 3 September 1951, in Bostwick, Nebraska.
He was married 21 November 1970, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Yvonne Forney, his childhood sweetheart, daughter of Cnces and Velma Forney.
Gary attended the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, and the Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas. He has been a pet shop manager, and worked as a Laboratory Animal Technician at Norden. Gary began working at the Wichita Zoo in 1976.
Since 1977 they have made their home in Mount Hope, Kansas. He raises, and shows tropical fish and birds, and has plans for raising endangered species of birds. Yvonne attended Wichita State University, and received a teaching degree from the University of Nebraska. Kaleb has juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, but is improving steadily.
James Leroy Michaud, son of Dorothy Vivian Lewis and Bobbie Dean Michaud, was born 7 May 1953, in Long Beach, California. He was married in August 1972, to Elisa Rae Adams, and divorced in June 1974.
He was married/2 9 April 1977, to Iris Elaine Hultzman, who was born 21 September 1952, in Auburn, Nebraska, daughter of William Hultzman and Iris Irene Lawrence.
He joined the US Army in 1978, in Nuclear Weapons Maintenance, serving in Germany. Since January 1982, they have been living in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he works at a packing plant.
Brian Lewis Michaud, son of Dorothy Vivian Lewis and Bobbie Dean Michaud, was born 18 July 1961, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He was married 29 May 1981, in Lincoln, to Terrie Jaworski, who was born in Lincoln.
Stephen Hoel, son of Mary Louise Lewis and Leif Hoel, was born 10 September 1954, in Laramie, Wyoming.
He was married 17 April 1975, to Sharon Fossett, and divorced. He is presently studying for a degree in Aerospace Engineering, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Richard Lee Hoel, son of Mary Louise Lewis and Leif Hoel, was born 2 February 1956, in Laramie, Wyoming.
He was married 6 September 1974, in Laramie, to Susan Kaye Wasmuth, who was born 20 August 1957, in Laramie. He is a welding machine operator. She is a journeyman meat cutter.
Edward Jay Lewis, son of James Russell Lewis and Julia Ann O’Dell, was born 10 February 1963, in Superior, Nebraska.
He was married 30 August 1980, to Susan Brown, who was born 8 August 1961. He is a farm worker.
Rebecca Ann Harris, daughter of Titus Leroy Harris and Judith Kudebeh, was born 27 October 1959, in Fort Madison, Iowa.
She was married 12 September 1980, in LaJunta, Otero County, Colorado, to Anthony Julio Ayala, son of Joseph Ayala and Virginia Watley.
Robert Dwayne Kelly, son of Opal Jean Lewis and R. L. Kelly, was born 1 July 1951, in Laramie, Wyoming.
He was married 25 July 1971, in Monteverde, Costa Rica, to Nora Brigid Mulloy, who was born 18 April 1951, in Laramie. They were divorced in June 1977.
He taught high school math and science in Quaker Community, of Monteverde, Costa Rico. He has a degree in Zoology, a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science, and is presently working for a PHD in Meteorology at the University of Chicago.
Karen Louise Kelly, daughter of Opal Jean Lewis and R. L. Kelly, was born 30 March 1954, in Sidney, Nebraska.
She was married 24 April 1976, to Kenneth Parker Hall, who was born 8 June 1947, in Laramie, Wyoming. They were divorced 17 February 1981.
Deniece Renee’ Burkett, daughter of Carol Kathryn Lewis and Frank Marion Burkett, was born 24 August 1959, in Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois.
Renee’ is involved with her horses, and is doing some breeding, a little training, and some judging. She did considerable traveling with her horses, before she married, showing in New York, Canada, Oklahoma, Montana, and most of the states in between. She was a member of the Illinois State 4-H horse judging team that placed first in the nation in Denver, Colorado, in 1978. Her personal placing was 2nd overall.
She was married 12 April 1980, in Farmington, Fulton County, Illinois, to Stephen Edward Kiesewetter, who was born 2 February 1958, in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, son of Edward Lee Kiesewetter and Alice Elizabeth Heitholt.
Renee’ and Steve met while both were attending Blackhawk East Jr. College, in Kewanne, Illinois. Steve graduated with a degree in agriculture, and Renee’ graduated the following year with an associate degree in Horse Science. She then returned to Blackhawk, the following semester and taught Horsemanship.
Steve took over the management of a small Angus farm, near Farmington, Illinois, where they are still living. He is nearly as traveled as Renee’ except his experience comes through cattle. He does custom fitting for show cattle, and hopes someday to do that as a profession. He also rides horses, and uses his quarter mare and Renee’s appaloosas daily in his farm work.
Douglas Lewis, son of Donald S. Lewis and Rosalie Mullen, was married to Sue Adler. In 1988, he is living in Hastings, Nebraska. There is a granddaughter Christina, born about mid October 1987, of Hastings.
Darrell Lewis, son of Donald S. Lewis and Rosalie Mullen, was married to Peggy Mohler. In 1988, they were in Bismark, North Dakota.
Curtis Dwayne Lewis, son of Delbert Leroy Lewis and Garnet Louise Hudiburgh, was born 4 November 1942, in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
A Veterinarian, Curtis was married/1 in November 1960, in Red Cloud, Nebraska, to Jo Ann Nelson, who was born 25 August 1943, in Red Cloud, daughter of Henry Nelson and Mabel Wittwer. They were divorced. Jo Ann was married/2 Richard Reiher.
Curtis was married/2 25 June 1974, in Santa Barbara, California, to Sara Ostlund, who was born 12 December 1943, in Sweden. They were divorced about 1980.
He was married/3, to Nancy Shanker. In 1988, they were in Ojai, California.
In 1992, Curtis traded his office clinic for a 24 foot custom motor bus clinic, with all the facilities for animal care, making home and field calls, in the Valley. They work closely with the Humane Society.
Barbara Anne Lewis, daughter of Delbert Leroy Lewis and Garnet Louise Hudiburgh, was born 9 April 1948, in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
She was married/1 9 September 1967, in Kearney, Nebraska, to Gene Hinrichs, who was born 19 November 1944/5, in Hildreth, Nebraska, son of Fred Hinrichs and Maggie Osterbuhr. They were divorced.
She was married/2 24 August 1974, in Red Cloud, to Richard Lee Kudrna, born 19 October 1947, in Red Cloud, son of Kenneth Kudrna and Zella Lambrecht.
Wendell Lewis, son of Kenneth Lewis and Dorothy Long, married to Rhonda Brannon.
Elwin Lewis, son of Kenneth Lewis and Dorothy Long, was married to Gwen Glover.
Karen Smith, daughter of Mary Maxiene Lewis and Eldon Smith, was born 5 June 1954, in Hoxie, Kansas. She was married in 1973, to Greg Stoker, in Denver, Colorado.
Iris Lewis, daughter of Paul W. Lewis and Gertrude Kibnik, was born 23 May 1958. She was married 15 July 1978, to Michael Dondliner.
Ronnie Eugene Lewisson of Elmer LeRoy Lewis and Violet Mae Alexander, was born 7 March 1952, in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas.
He was married 14 June 1974, to Jeanine Marie Rilki, teacher, born 1 March 1952. Ronnie works with father managing service stations.
Connie Leann Lewis, daughter of Elmer LeRoy Lewis and Violet Mae Alexander, was born 17 February 1954, in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas.
She was married 7 August 1976, to Kenneth Lee Rigler, who was born 10 May 1954. They are both teachers.
Dale Lee Lewis, a twin, son of Elmer LeRoy Lewis and Violet Mae Alexander, was born 27 March 1956, in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas.
He was married 25 November 1977, to Angela Marie Jobers, who was born 19 January 1956. Angie teaches and Dale attended United Methodist Church Seminary, in charge of a church in Lansing, Kansas.
Anita Mae Lewis, daughter of Elmer LeRoy Lewis and Violet Mae Alexander, was born 1 August 1957, in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas.
She was married 27 December 1977, to Jonathon David Gaul, who was born 8 May 1957. He is attending United Methodist Church Seminary, in Dallas, Texas.
Michelle Ann Lewis, daughter of Curtis Dwayne Lewis and Jo Ann Nelson, was born 3 September 1968, in Belleville, Kansas. She was an Honor Student at UNL, Lincoln, Nebraska. Michelle was baptized June 1990 into the Catholic Church.
She was married 24 November 1990, in Lawrence, Nebraska, to Jeffery Harold Pohlmeier Mans, who was born 31 July 1968 in Seward, Nebraska. Michelle and Jeffery live in Hastings, Nebraska.Jeffery’s father, Harold Pohlmeier, son of Greg Pohlmeier of Lawrence, Nebraska, was electrocuted at work, when Jeffery was four years old. His mother, Linda Kay Lemke then married Roger Mans, son of Mrs. Susan Mans, and Roger adopted Jeffery. Linda and Roger live in Inavale, Nebraska, in 1993.