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Transcribed biography of Oscar Lewis

OSCAR LEWIS. Engaged in the real-estate and insurance business in the thriving little village of Hebron, Mr. Lewis is one of the representative factors in this important line of business in his native county and he has built up a prosperous enterprise, in connection with which he has done not a little to foster the advancement of the county, as his operations in the handling of real estate have been of no inconsiderable scope. He is a progressive and public-spirited citizen, commands high place in popular confidence and esteem and is well entitled to recognition in this volume.

Mr. Lewis was born in Morgan township, Porter county, on the 22d of May, 1864, and is a son of George W. and Harriet (Cole) Lewis, the former of whom was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, and the latter in Indiana. George W. Lewis became one of the substantial farmers and representative citizens of Porter county and he passed the closing years of his life in Morgan township, where he died on the 7th of November, 1911, secure in the high regard of all who knew him. Mrs. Harriet (Cole) Lewis was summoned to the life eternal in 1881, when the subject of this review was but sixteen years of age. Two sons and five daughters survive the honored parents.

Oscar Lewis remained on the old home farm until he had attained to the age of nineteen years, and in the meanwhile he duly availed himself of the advantages of the public schools of the locality. Upon leaving the parental home he engaged in farming in an independent way in Morgan township, on the beautiful Morgan prairie. There he continued to be successfully concerned with agricultural pursuits and stock-growing until the year 1898, when he removed to the village of Hebron. He still maintains a general supervision of his fine farm but now devotes the major part of his time and attention to his substantial real-estate and insurance business. His operations have extended beyond local limitations and include the handling of farm and town property in the state of Michigan. In the insurance department of his enterprise he is local representative for the Hanover Fire Insurance Company of New York, and he has done a large amount of underwriting for this company.

In politics Mr. Lewis is aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party, and he is loyal and progressive as a citizen, with a deep interest in all that touches the welfare of the county which has represented his home from the time of his birth. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Christian church in the city of Valparaiso. On the 5th of April, 1887, Mr. Lewis was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Humphrey, who was born and reared in this county and is a daughter of Robert and Margaret (Hollis) Humphrey, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 765-766

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