History of Dakota Territory Volume 5

9781236870490: History of Dakota Territory Volume 5

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...been prompted by laudable ambition. WILLIAM HENRY LEWIS William Henry Lewis, who energetically and successfully carries on general farming on section 35, Nunda township, Lake county, was born in Winnebago, Illinois, on the 8th of March, 1849, a son of Nelson and Elizabeth (Vance) Lewis. The father was both a tailor and farmer and in the year 1851 he went to California, where he engaged in mining, remaining for four years and four months on the Pacific slope. He also became the owner of much land in the Sacramento valley but in 1855 returned to the middle west, again taking up his abode in Illinois. He afterward purchased land in Mitchell county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming until he enlisted for service in the Civil war, joining the army at the age of fifty-two years, although he would have been exempt from duty. He was a member of Company A, of the Twenty-first Iowa Infantry, and died in the service in 1864, thus giving his life as a sacrifice on the altar of his country. William H. Lewis attended the public schools and afterward took up the occupation of farming, which he followed in Iowa for several years before coming to South Dakota in 1878. He was among the pioneers of the territory and secured a homestead on section 35, township 108, range 52, and also a timber claim. He was also the first to file on a claim in that locality, at which time there were only three men living in that district and they came to the county with him. In addition to his homestead and tree claim he purchased a quarter section and he endured all of the hardships and privations of pioneer life. The winters were intensely cold. The storm-swept prairies, however, were greatly changed with the coming of summer, when wild grasses and wild flowers gave an...

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