Lorenzo E. Lewis, the period of whose residence in Iowa county covers a half century, is the proprietor of the
Woodlawn Stock Farm and resides on section 36, Iowa township, where he is successfully engaged in the pursuits
of farming and stock raising. His birth occurred in Kane county, Illinois, on the 29th of April, 1855, his parents
being Evan C. and Sarah M. (Evans) Lewis, both of whom were natives of Wales. The father crossed the Atlantic to
the United States when a young man of twenty years, while the mother was brought to this country when three years
of age. In 1865 Evan C. Lewis brought his wife and children to Iowa county, Iowa, locating on a farm on section
36, Iowa township, which is still in the possession of the family. He passed away in 1871 and for more than four
decades was survived by his wife, whose demise occurred in 1913. To them were born six children.
Lorenzo E. Lewis, who was a lad of ten years when he came to this county with his parents, early became familiar
with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist as he assisted in the operation of the home
farm. In 1880, when a young man of twenty five years, he began farming on his own account and has since carried
on agricultural pursuits with excellent success, being now the owner of the Woodlawn Stock Farm on section 36,
Iowa township. In connection with the cultivation of the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he raises Polled
Durham cattle, Duroé hogs and Buff Orpington chickens, both branches of his business returning to him a
gratifying annual income. He is a shareholder and director in the York Creamery Company and the Williamsburg Fair
Association and also owns stock in the Citizens Savings Bank of Williamsburg.
On the 24th of February, 1881, Mr. Lewis was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Jenkins, her father being David Jenkins,
of Williamsburg. To them have been born five children, as follows: Annbert, the wife of Charles Boland, of Webster,
Iowa; Clara, who gave her hand in marriage to Russell Stover, of Winnipeg, Canada f Cettie, who is the wife of
Fred Boland, a farmer of York township, this county; Hannah, the wife of A. T. Fetterson, of Cherokee, Iowa; and
LeRoy, at home.
In his political views Mr. Lewis is a republican and is now ably serving in the capacities of school director and
township assessor, both of which positions he has held for a number of years. Fraternally he is identified with
the Masons, belonging to the blue lodge at Oxford, Iowa, the chapter at Iowa City and the Eastern Star at Oxford.
For the past two years his wife has served as worthy matron of the last named organization. His religious faith
is that of the Presbyterian church, the teachings of which he exemplifies in his daily conduct. Having lived in
Iowa county for a half century, he has won an extensive acquaintance within its borders and has long been recognized
as one of its prosperous, representative and esteemed citizens.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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