D. W. Lewis

Corcoran, Kings county, Cal., is the home of D. W. Lewis, president of the Tulare Lake Dredging company, who has made his home in that enterprising town since 1906. He was born in -Redlake, Beltrami county, Minn., November 24, 1848, and while young was taken by his parents to Morrison county, where he live.] until he was fourteen. At that time he was done with the public school at Belleplaine, Minn., and became a student at Oberan college. His studies were soon cut short, however, by his enlistment in the United- States army, in which lie saw arduous and• hazard­ous service during the latter part of the Civil war. In 1866 he came to California and lived principally in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. He traveled over various parts of the state, and from Santa Clara county he" moved to Fresno county in 1879, where he established the first commercial nursery in the valley south of Stockton, which he conducted until 1906, and then came to Kings county. His first venture there was to plant out a tract of hind to asparagus, but he soon relinquished the latter business to embark in a dredging enterprise and organized the Tulare Lake Dredging company, of which lie is president. This business has been highly successful and of much benefit to the country in which it has been operated. Meanwhile, Mr. Lewis has also given attention to wheat farming, which has brought good results.

In 1866 Mr. Lewis married Miss Margaret Clark, a native of New York city, who has been his helpmate and adviser in the various interests to which he has devoted himself from time to time. They are a genial and helpful couple, and their kindly interest in all with whom they come in contact insures them a welcome wherever they may go. Public spirited to an unusual degree, Mr. Lewis extends aid cheerfully and generously to any measure which, in his opinion, promises to promote the general welfare or to enhance the prosperity of any considerable number of his fellow citizens.

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