Lewis Currier is living retired in Iienesaw and is enjoying a period of leisure made possible by his former
well directed labors as an agriculturist. He is also a veteran of the Civil war and just as in the days when the
Union was threatened he willingly fought in its defense, so he is now giving largely of his time and energy in
carrying on a campaign against the use of tobacco and intoxicating drinks. He was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania,
on the 7th of January, 1838, a son of John and Anna (Robinson) Currier, the former born in New Hampshire in 1810
and the latter in Pennsylvania in 1811. In 1850 the family removed from Pennsylvania to Livingston county, Illinois,
and there the father passed away in 1862.
Lewis Currier received a fair education in the country schools of Pennsylvania and Illinois and after putting aside
his textbooks devoted his attention to farm work until he enlisted in the Union army, joining Company B, One Hundred
and Twenty ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, on the 15th of August, 1862. He took part in the battle of Peach
Tree Creek, Georgia, fought in a number of skirmishes, was a member of the expedition which went in pursuit of
General Morgans, the famous cavalry leader, and was also on guard and garrison duty for some time. Later he was
in the Blue Star division of Sherman's army, went on the memorable march to the sea and took part in the siege
of Atlanta which led to the fall of that city. He was discharged in 1863, after the close of hostilities, and marched
in the Grand Review. He then returned to Illinois and for fourteen years engaged in farming there. In 1882 he came
to Verona township, Adams county, and homesteaded one hundred and forty one acres of land, to the cultivation and
improvement of which he devoted the following thirteen years. At the end of that time, feeling that he had saved
sufficient capital to provide for his wants throughout the remainder of his life, he retired and took up his residence
in Renesaw, where he is still living.
Mr. Currier was married January 22, 1867, to Miss Lydia L. Pratt, who was born in Michigan, March 9, 1842; and
died in Renesaw on the 27th of October, 1906. To them were born four children, of whom two are living: Frank E.,
a farmer of Adams county; and Ned C., who is residing in Kenesaw.
Mr. Currier has supported the republican party since its organization and believes firmly in its principles. He
is a member of the Church of God and takes an active interest in the work of that organization. For twenty years
he has done all in his power to create sentiment against the tobacco and liquor habits and although he is now seventy
eight years of age he still travels in the interests of that work. He recognizes the value of literature in such
a campaign and has had published a small collection of poems dealing with the evils of the use of tobacco and liquor
and uses this booklet in carrying on his agitation against these habits. The motive power in all of his efforts
to better humanity is his sincere Christian faith, which finds expression in the following poem from his pen. The
theme of the poem is based on Hebrews 3:1-3 and 10:28-29:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
The law was once
By Moses given,
But the sayings of Jesus
Guide us to Heaven.
Jesus is the life,
The truth, the way;
But none need be lost
If they learn to obey.
In trying to find
What David said;
We leave behind
What Jesus did.
By looking backward,
On sayings of old,
We miss the streets
Paved with gold.
Oh, then let us
While time on earth is given,
Accept the gospel of Christ
And secure a home in Heaven.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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