For many years John Edwin Moore, the present postmaster at Lewisyule, has been one of the most public spirited
men of Watonwan county and influential in public life, and he has the confidence of those who know him. He was
born in Polk county, Wisconsin, November 14, 1872, and is a son of John R. Moore, a contractor and builder, who
lived in Wisconsin, Washington and Virginia. He died on April 25, 1916, at Richmond, Virginia.
John R. Moore, subjecfs father, was a veteran of the Civil War. He served in the Tenth Wisconsin Light Artillery,
and was mustered out with his regiment at the close of the war, having seen service throughout the entire war,
and participated in many battles, but was never wounded or captured.
John E. Moore grew up in his native state and there attended the public schools, after which he engaged in farming
for some time, finally moving to Minnesota and lived on farms in Cass and Blue Earth counties, prior to coming
to Lewisville, in 1901. Here he purchased the barber shop and jewelry business of T. A. Barker, which he conducted
three years, then sold the barber business to Elmer Olson, but continued to handle jewelry, drugs, books and confections,
until April 17, 1909, when he succeeded Richard Lewis as postmaster, and has held the office ever since, to the
satisfaction of the people and the department.
Mr. Moore was niarried on August 29, 1897, to Ethel H. Kelley, of Vernon Center, Minnesota, a daughter of John
C. Kelley and wife, and to this union three children have been born, namely: Kermit, Lyle, Elsie Ruth and Elmer
Politically, Mr. Moore is a Republican. He is now president of the village council, which office he has held several
times since coming to Lewisville. He is also clerk of the local school board. While living in Hiram township, Cass
county, Minnesota, he was a member of the township board. He has always been active in public affairs wherever
he has lived. Fraternally, he belongs to the Free and Accepted Masons at Madelia. Mr. Moore and family affiliated
with the Christian churches.
History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties
Their People, Industries and Institutions
John A. Brown, Editor in Chief
B. F. Bowen and Company, Inc.
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies
Also see Railway Officials in America 1906