Throughout the long period of forty-seven years Lewis Voyle has claimed California as the place of his residence and is now successfully engaged in the livery business at Knight’s Ferry. He was born in south Wales, on the 2nd of January, 1832, and is a son of George and Priscilla Voyle, both of whom were natives of that little rock-ribbed country. The father owned a ship, of which he was captain. In 1837, when, when his son Lewis was only five years of age, he met with an accident which necessitated the amputation of his leg and ultimately caused his death. His wife departed this life in the fortieth year of her age. Their religious belief was in harmony with the Episcopal faith and they were people of high moral worth and of sterling character, who enjoyed the confidence and regard of all with whom they came in contact.
Lewis Voyle is the only one of their five children in the United States. He served an apprenticeship on an English man of war, the school ship, and in 1851 he came to the new world, but continued to sail up the Mediterranean and to South America for a time. Subsequently he made his way to California, where he joined the crew of a coasting vessel, continuing to follow the sea until March, 1855. He encountered many severe storms during his experience as a sailor, but escaped all injury. At length he determined to abandon life on the ocean wave and in 1855 took up his abode at Knight’s Ferry. He engaged in both placer and hydraulic mining, continuing his connection with that industry for twelve years. However, he met with but moderate success and in consequence turned his attention to teaming, which was then a most paying business. He freighted from Knight’s Ferry to Oakdale and the different towns in the mountains, and in connection with freighting he established and maintained a livery stable, which he has since conducted, being the only liveryman at Knight’s Ferry at that time. He keeps good carriages and horses, and his obliging manners and efforts to please his patrons have secured to him a good business. He has engaged in raising Hambletonian horses and has not only improved his own stock but has also done much to improve the grade of stock raised by the people in the vicinity of Knight’s Ferry. Thus he has increased the market value and contributed to the prosperity of the citizens of his community.
In 1864 Mr. Voyle was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Stanfield, and their union has been blessed with three children, namely: George S., who is the foreman of the electrical works in Visalia; Emma J., now the widow of Fred W. Bach; and John T., who is his father’s partner in the livery business. Mr. Voyle owns a good residence in Knight’s Ferry. His first wife departed this life in 1872, and in 1875 he again married, his second union being with Delia Cady, a native of Ireland, who has now traveled life’s journey by his side for a quarter of a century and has been to him a most faithful companion and helpmeet. In his political affiliations Mr. Voyle has ever been a stalwart Republican, and though he has never sought office he has taken a deep interest in the growth and success of his party and has ever kept well informed on the issues of the day. Public-spirited and progressive, he gives an earnest support to every measure or movement calculated to prove of public benefit and has taken a great interest in the improvement of the roads. For some years he filled the office of road master and did much toward securing the establishment of good highways in his part of the county. Fraternally he is connected with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and has many excellent characteristics that commend him to the confidence, good will and friendship of his fellow men, and is widely and favorably known in Stanislaus and adjoining counties.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.