Biography of David W. Lewis
Riverside County, CA Biographies





DAVID W. LEWIS
The remarkable development of the west within the memory of the present generation and the coincident subdivision of vast ranges into small homesteads have brought into existence various organizations whose duties include the perfecting of titles, bringing down of abstracts of property, the handling of large sums necessary for the prompt conveyance of property and the issuance of loans with securities of land or promissory notes, together with many other responsibilities of equal importance to the well being of the individual and the general welfare of the community. Modern business transactions, with their demands upon the trained intelligence, call for the educated young men of the country and their association with commercial growth cannot be overestimated in its importance.

Advantages of thorough education and large experience abundantly qualify Mr. Lewis for the discharge of the many responsibilities connected with his position as manager of the Riverside Title & Trust Company, in which capacity he has been retained since the year 1900 and at the same time he also has officiated as a member of the board of directors. A son of Isaac Lewis, a veteran of the Civil war and an honored citizen of Indiana, David W. Lewis was born in Eaton, Ind., November 24, 1864, and attended the public schools near Portland, Ind., where his boyhood was spent. In order to secure the funds necessary for a more thorough education he began to teach school and for two and one half years he engaged in that calling, meanwhile devoting his vacations to study. His advanced studies were prosecuted in DePauw University and he remained in that institution until 1891, when he was graduated with the degree of Ph.B., and in 1894 was given the degree of A M

Coming to the west and engaging with the Riverside Abstract & Title Company, Mr. Lewis continued for some years in the capacity of manager and in 1895 resigned the position upon his removal to Los Angeles. During the next year he was connected with the Southern California Land & Loan Company, of Los Angeles, as manager. Going from that city to Santa Ana he was engaged as secretary of the Abstract & Title Guarantee Company for five years. On resigning that position he returned to Riverside and here he has since had a very successful experience as manager of the Riverside Title & Trust Company, in which also he serves as a director. When at leisure from the exacting demands of business he finds his greatest pleasure in the society of his family, consisting of wife and four children. After coming to Riverside he formed the acquaintance of Miss Edith M. Blinks, of this city, and their marriage was solemnized April 18, 1893. Their eldest child, Gertrude, is a member of the junior class in the Riverside high school, and the second child, Robert, is a member of the freshman class in the high school. The younger children. Clara Louise and Benjamin, are students in the grammar school. The family have a religious home in the Methodist Episcopal Church. In political views Mr. Lewis is in sympathy with Republican principles, while fraternally he is identified with the Sons of Veterans and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, in both of which organizations he has been a generous contributor and a resourceful local leader.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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