|Birth: ||Aug. 3, 1848|
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 1914|
Died, at 3:20 o'clock Thursday morning, June 11, 1914, at the family residence, 1331 South Grand avenue, east, Austin P. Lewis, aged 65 years, 10 months and 8 days.
Mr. Lewis was born at New Haven in Huron county, Ohio, on August 3, 1848, at which place he spent his early life and received his education. He later moved to Illinois and was married on December 22, 1870, at Bowen, Hancock county, to Mary E. Hanson, who survives him together with Harry W. Lewis, of Bloomington, Illinois; James A. Lewis of Chicago, Illinois, and Warren Lewis, of this city, his sons, and Mate H. Lewis and Maud E. Lewis, his daughters, both residing at home and five grandchildren.
Mr. Lewis moved to Springfield in the summer of 1880, and in the year 1881 built and took up his residence at his late home. At that time the southeast quarter of Springfield was known as the "Swamps." He took an active part in the platting of the additions and the sale of lots in that district. His first act was the securing of certain side walks through the then swamps. He followed the business of a general contractor and builder, and constructed many of the homes that now occupy that part of the city. He was always active in public affairs affecting that part of the city, and would come to the front for any public or other improvement for the betterment and welfare of the city and his immediate neighborhood. It was largely through his influence that the Feitshans school is located where it is. He grew up with that part of the city and learned to know the people of that neighborhood, and he was well thought of and liked by them.
He was prominently identified with fraternal insurance circles and for a number of years, and until recently, was clerk of Prosperity Camp, No. 1418, Modern Woodman of America; he was a member of Springfield lodge, No. 465 I.O.O.F., and Springfield court, No. 25, of the Court of Honor. He was also connected with the Springfield Homestead Association, serving for a number of years, and at the time of his death as a member of its board of directors. He was identified and always took an active part in the work of the Christian churches.
The funeral will be held at the residence to-morrow afternoon. Burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. IL State Register, Springfield, IL 6-12-1914
Mary Elizabeth Hanson Lewis (1851 - 1939)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 22, 141
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Dec 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23346670