CLARENCE L. LEWIS.
One of the worthy native sons of Kings county is Clarence L. Lewis of Stratford, who has spent practically his
entire life in this locality and is held in high esteem by those who know him. He was born near Hanford, on the
5th day of October, 1885, the son of R. M. and Melissa (Thomas) Lewis, both of whom are natives of California.
Clarence L. Lewis' grandfather, Joshua Lewis, was a native of Kentucky, but came to California in the early '50s.
He made three trips across the continent by ox team, and was captain of one caravan. He came to Tulare county about
1880 and was one of the petitioners of Alta district, in Tulare county. Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Lewis are now living
Clarence L. Lewis spent his early years on his father's farm and secured a good public school education, attending
the high school and also spent one year at Eugene Bible University, Eugene, Oregon. He was ordained to the ministry
in the Christian church in 1911, but held no regular work. He devoted practically all of his time to farming until
1915, when he took a course in bookkeeping, which vocation he followed until 1923, when he became area salesman,
later Auxiliary Station Special Agent for the Standard Oil Company, with headquarters in Stratford. In this work
he has been very successful, for he not only possesses good judgment and selling ability, but he also combines
in his make up those qualities which attract men, so that he has won and retains a host of warm and loyal friends
throughout the locality where he has spent his life.
Mr. Lewis was married to Miss Vivian Doled, a native of Indiana, and they are the parents of two children: Edward
and John. Mrs. Lewis is a member of the Neighbors of Woodcraft, and is vice president of the Stratford Women's
Club. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Woodmen of the World. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis move in the best social circles of
the community and are extremely popular among their acquaintances.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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