BOOK - HISTORY OF GOODHUE COUNTY, PUBLISHED IN 1878. RED WING, MN.
LEWIS, MARTIN B., was born in Yates county, New York, November 20, 1820. After receiving an academical education he engaged in the mercantile business in his native-county until 1856, when he came to this city, and was for a few years engaged in the dry goods and real estate business. Having had the advantage of a theological education as well as a thorough religious training at home-his father being at one time a professor in Yale College-he, in 1860, gave up a successful business to engage in the work of harmonizing the Sabbath School interests of the different religious denominations of this State. To successfully carry out his noble undertaking, he has traversed every portion of this State, organized over 600 Sabbath Schools, and brought within the pale of this time-honored institution from twenty to twenty-five thousand scholars. He still resides in Red Wing, and with unabated zeal perseveres in the work which his Master has given him to do, annually visiting, encouraging, and assisting hundreds of Sabbath School organizations in different portions of the State.
He married Emma H. Williams in Washington county, New York, in 1848. She is a native of Orange county. Their children are Charles W., who died while a student of Hamline University, in this city, in 1865, aged 16 years; VWm. M., who was born in 1852, graduated at Ripon College, Wis. cousin, in 1877, and is now a student in Union Theological Seminary, New York; Emma H., who died June 4, 1855; George W., who was born in 1857, now a student in the State University, Minnesota; Mary M., who died in 1865, aged one year; Anna D., born in 1868, now attending school in this city, and Theodore L., who died in 1871, aged eight months.
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