MANUEL ENOS LEWIS, JR.
Among those who have, while conserving their own material affairs, at the same time contributed in a very definite
way to the prosperity and welfare of the community with which they are identified, due appreciation should be expressed
of the life and labors of Manuel Enos Lewis, Jr. He is proprietor of the Lewis Mortuary in Hanford, and has been
a lifelong resident of this city, born here on the 10th day of August, 1890, a son of Manuel E. and Mary F. (Sequeira)
Lewis, the former a native of Portugal and the latter of Bedford, Massachusetts. M. E. Lewis, Sr., came to Tulare
county, California, at the age of eighteen years and, some time afterward engaged in the raising of sheep. Through
sound judgment and close attention to business, he was prospered and eventually became one of the largest sheep
men in this valley. At one time he ran sheep where Fresno is now located. Several years ago he bought a fruit ranch
and there he and his wife now live.
Manuel Enos Lewis, Jr., attended the public schools and after graduating from high school went to work for his
father on the home ranch. Later he came to Hanford and went to work in the dry goods department of the Kutner-Goldstein
Company, where he was employed for six years. Then for a year he was with the Hanford Mercantile Company, and at
the end of that time identified himself with the business to which he was to devote the remainder of his life.
Entering the employ of the Peoples Undertaking Company, after one year he took a course in embalming, at the conclusion
of which he bought a partnership interest with J. Clarence Rice. Subsequently R. L. Russell bought Mr. Rice's interest
and the partnership of Lewis & Russell was continued for three years, being dissolved on March 27, 1924. Later
Mr. Lewis bought the mortuary establishment and has since conducted it under his own name. This mortuary is one
of the best equipped in this section of the state, comprising a chapel, a private family room, assembly rooms and
display rooms. A modern auto equipment is employed, including ambulance service, and Mr. Lewis employs two assistants
and a lady attendant. Courtesy and thoughtful attention to the needs and comfort of his clients have brought to
Mr. Lewis a large share of the local business in his line and he has rendered the best of service to the community.
Mr. Lewis is deputy coroner of Kings county.
Mr. Lewis was married on January 16, 1915, to Miss Stella Welsh, a native of Madera county, California She has
been a worthy helpmate to her husband, assisting him in many ways in his professional work and contributing greatly
to the success of his work. Politically Mr. Lewis is a supporter of the republican party, while fraternally he
is affiliated with the Sciots Lodge, the Masons, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Woodmen of the World, the Order
of the Eastern Star, the P. F. of U. S. A., the I. D. E. S. and the U. P. E. C. Mr. Lewis is intensely public spirited
in his attitude toward every movement or enterprise affecting the welfare of the community and, because of his
business success and his high personal character, he enjoys to a marked degree the esteem of all who know him.
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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