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C. A. Lewis

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:44 pm    Post subject: C. A. Lewis Reply with quote

[b]From Beers, History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Camerson and Potter,
Pennsylvania[/b]

[b]C. A. LEWIS[/b], merchant, Lewisville, son of Crayton and Caroline (Hinman) Lewis, was born in Ulysses township, Potter Co., Penn., in 1850. His parents came from Broome county, N. Y. , and were among the pioneers of Ulysses township, being the third family to settle there, locating on the farm now owned by his mother. Their nearest mill at that time was at Jersey Shore, a distance of sixty-five miles, and Crayton Lewis on one of his trips thither camped out with a yoke of oxen. Having broken his ox yoke when beyond the reach of any assistance, and having no tools except an ax, with this he cut a beech stick of the proper length, and, as there had to be openings made for the bows, he split it and bound it with withes, and went on his way. At one time his family and the neighbors were short of provisions, but he had a small patch of ground sown to buckwheat, which he worked during the day, chopping in the woods by moonlight. One day when they had not a mouthful of food in the house, except milk to drink, and were eagerly awaiting the ripening of the buckwheat and potatoes, as his wife stood at the door watching him at work, an idea, all at once, occurred to her. Selecting some buckwheat from the unripe crop, she picked a lot of it, dried it by the fireplace, pounded and sifted it, and having fully prepared it, blew the horn, as usual, for dinner. On her husband's coming to the house, he was rejoiced and surprised to find a meal prepared from his own crop. This old pioneer unfortunately met with an accident, which resulted fatally; his widow still lives on the old homestead. Their children were Emily (Mrs. Thomas Gridley), John, Martin, Fayette and C. A. The last named was reared in his native township, and during his youth was variously employed but in 1873, locating at Lewisville, he here embarked in general mercantile business. He was married April 23, 1874, to Kate Cushing, and they have two children: Irving C. and Archie C. Mr. Lewis is a member of Lewisville Lodge, No. 556, F. & A. M. In politics he is a Republican, and has served as school director, auditor, and in minor offices of trust.
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