|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1898|
|Death: ||Jan. 18, 1932|
January 22, 1932, Friday - Thurston County Independent, Thurston Co., Washington
Lee Lewis Drowns in Nisqually - Raging River Claims Former Tenino Man. Body Not Yet Found
The flood waters of the Nisqually river claimed the body of Lee Lewis, well known in Tenino, Monday afternoon. In spite of efforts to recover the body, it has not yet been found. He was thirty-three years of age, having been born on October 16, 1898. His mother, Mrs. Edna Lewis, resides in Tenino. He is also survived by his wife, four sisters: Mrs. Gordon Anderson, of Olympia, Mrs. Leon Spatz, of Fort Lewis, Mrs. Arnold Williams, of Tenino, and Mona, of Tenino; and three brothers, Harold, Kenneth and Buster of Tenino.
Mr. Lewis had met Andrew D. (Punch) McArthur in Olympia Monday morning and made arrangements to take him in his car to Nisqually to visit the chief of the tribe there concerning bail required in connection with an automoble collision which he had in Olympia that morning. Upon arriving at Nisqually by the old road, he was unable to find the chief, but two young Indians volunteered to take him down the river in their motor boat to where he was setting fish nets. Mr. McArthur stopped on the old bridge, which is about a mile below the Highway bridge. The Indians and their passenger started at about 3:45 P.M., and stopped to look at some nets, and as they were pulling at the nets, the raging torrent of the river upset the boat. The boat was but 20 feet from shore and the Indians pulled themselves ashore by brush. Mr. Lewis clung to the boat, however, and was carried down the river about 500 feet. He attempted to paddle it ashore with his hands but it caught on a submerged cable about 45 feet from the shore.
Mr. McArthur saw the catastrophe and ran to the Brown farm for a rope. When he returned about 25 minutes later, the victim was still clinging to the boat, and called out "Hurry, Punch". When the rope was thrown, however, it proved to be four feet too short, and was whipped down the river by the current. Before the rope could be thrown again, a chunk of a log came down the river and caught the man, knocking him under. He came up about sixty feet down stream, waved his hands, and disappeared in the murkey waters.
Deputies Carr and Linsley, John McDonald and McArthur, and ten Indians undertook a systematic search for the body but their efforts proved fruitless. A tide was coming in and the body may have been washed out into the Sound, Oregon it might have sunk into the silt at the bottom of the river. Search is also being made in a log boom. The boat was found with the engine gone.
January 29, 1932, Friday - Thurston County Independent, Thurston Co., Washington
Body of Lee Lewis Still Claimed by Water
All efforts to locate the body of Lee Lewis, drowned in the Nisqually River on January 18, have been without avail. Not only has the river been dragged, but the searchers have extended their operation to the Sound beyond the mouth. Andrew (Punch) McArthur has been engaged in the task for several days.
October 12, 1934, Friday - Thurston County Independent, Tenino, Washington
Skeleton of Lee Lewis Believed Found in River
The skeleton remains of a man, believed to be Lee Lewis was found 500 feet downstream from the Nisqually bridge. Lewis was drowned on January 18, 1932, while attempting to row a boat during high water. He had lived most of his life in Tenino.
The skeleton, under water and affixed to a root, was found early Sunday afternoon by Robert Gentelli, Tacoma angler, who was fishing when he made the gruesome discovery.
Practically nothing but bones remained of the body. Investigating officers conferred with Mrs. Lewis, mother of the young man lost in 1932, in an effort to obtain, if possible, description of ornaments her son might have had.
The mother recalled that her son wore an Eagles ring, but could not recall anything else that might help in the identification. Unfortunately, the bones of the lower arms were missing, and the only apparel remaining were a belt and one tan oxford still clinging to the one remaining foot.
Further investigation that may bring identification through fillings in the teeth is being conducted under the direction of Sheriff Freemont Campbell of Pierce county, and Mike Wayne of the state patrol.
William Magnus Lewis (1872 - 1940)
Edna May McClellan Lewis (1880 - 1958)
Zella Margaret Stambaugh Gerking (1898 - 1961)*
Lee Lewis (1898 - 1932)
Thelma Frances Lewis Stevens (1904 - 1999)*
Leona Evelyn Lewis Edensword (1908 - 1957)*
Harold Llewellyn Lewis (1910 - 1975)*
Kenneth Dale Lewis (1917 - 2003)*
Mona G. Lewis Holmes (1919 - 1961)*
Grover Ward Lewis (1922 - 1980)*
Specifically: Drowned in River.
Created by: G. Lester
Record added: May 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52855409