Albert Gallington Lewis 1826-1901
1850 Federal Census shows the Albert
G. and Mary Ann (Walter) Lewis family in Volga twp., Clayton Co., IA: Albert, age
26, farmer, born in Illinois; Mary, age 20,
born in Ohio; and Samuel, age two, born in Iowa.
Albert G. and Mary Ann’s
John I., b. 15 JUL 1847, Elk twp., Clayton Co., IA; d. 28 MAR 1849; the first
white child born in Elk twp.;
Samuel, b. 12 AUG 1848, Elk twp., Clayton Co., IA; d. 22 MAY 1879, Elk twp.,
buried at Mount Harmony Cemetery, Clayton Co.;
Child, name unknown, b. 12 MAR 1850; d. 12 MAR 1850;
Pleazzy, b. 11 JUN 1851, Elk twp., Clayton Co., IA; d. 7 FEB 1927, Edgewood,
Clayton Co., IA, buried Mount Harmon Cemetery, Clayton Co., m. first Levi W.
Fishel on 3 MAR 1870 at Edgewood, Clayton Co.; Levi b. 19 JAN 1850, Liberty,
Hancock Co., OH; d. 15 JAN 1911, Elk twp., Clayton Co., IA. Pleazzy m. second Eli Livingston. Pleazzy d. 7 FEB 1927 also at Edgewood. She was listed in the 1920 federal census for
Columbia township, Flathead Co., MT, in the household of her brother Allen B.
Lewis, 66 and his son James A. Lewis, age 9.
Plezzy Fishel was listed as Allen's sister, 68, a widow. Pleazzy must
have only visited brother Allen Lewis for a short time, because she was back in
married to Eli Livingston by 15
SEP 1925, in Elkader, Clayton Co., IA. It was the second marriage for Pleazzy and
the third for Eli. Pleazzy was 74 and
Eli was 79. Eli was born MAY 1846 at
Straban, Adams Co., PA. Children of Levi and Pleazzy Fishel were Stella Irene,
b. 10 JUL 1871; Martin William, b. 3 DEC 1873; Mary C., b.
1874; James A., b. 9 NOV
1877; Albert G., b. 20 DEC 1878; and Bertha Sarah, b. 10 MAY 1882;
Allen Brown, b. 21 MAR 1853; d. 3 MAR 1929; buried Conrad Cemetery,
Kalispell, MT. Allen lived in
Kalispell and was mentioned in brother Solomon Walter's obituary at the time of
brother's death. 1920 Federal Census for Columbia
township, Flathead county, lists: Allen B. Lewis, head, 66, farmer; James A. Lewis,
son, 9; Plezzy Fisher, sister, 68, widow, housekeeper. Down the road lived brother Solomon Walter
Lewis and his family. (Solomon was the
Albert G., Jr., b. 2 JUN 1856; d. 9 SEP 1883; m. Emma Riniker. He was 27 at the
time of his death;
(Bob), b. 29 AUG 1861, Elkport, Layton Co., IA; m. Anna Ella Dieken, 27 JUN 1897; d. 3 OCT 1928, Bad Rock, Flathead
Co., MT. He and Anna were the parents of eight children;
William E., b. 25 OCT 1868; lived in Kalispell, MT,
and was mentioned in brother Solomon Walter's obituary at the time of brother's
Solomon Walter (Bob) Lewis 1861-1928
In 1878, a 17-year-old boy
arrived in the Flathead area of northwestern Montana on horseback with a gun and a
dog. That boy was Solomon Walter
"Bob" Lewis. The family story
goes that young Solomon enjoyed playing the violin. His father was deeply religious, offended by
the music and eventually broke the boy's violin over his knee. The boy took off west with his gun and his
Solomon Walter drove a freight
wagon in the Flathead area for years, bringing freight and passengers from the
foot of the lake (Flathead Lake) to Jocko
Valley. He drove up to Tobacco
Valley to Eureka, too, according to daughter Edith
Land records show that
"Bob", listed as a resident of Missoula Co., MT, purchased 160 acres
of public land 7 JAN 1893. This original homestead was in the Bad Rock
area about a mile south of the place his children were later to call "the
home place," outside Columbia
County at the time included everything
up to the Canadian border. Several
counties, including Flathead, were later to be carved from it.
A Dieken/Freese family moved to
the area from Illinois, by way of Marysville, MT,
in 1894. They arrived by train to the Jocko Valley;
took a boat from Polson to the head of the lake; and were picked up by horse
and buggy there.
Bob married Anna Ella Dieken 27
JUN 1897. He was 31 and Anna, 18. Anna
was too shy to be married in the new chapel; so the couple were married at the
home of the minister.
(Walter S. Lewis lists his age as
31 on his marriage license application, his name as Walter S., rather than
Solomon Walter, and his place of birth as Elkport, Clayton Co., IA.)
Bob built a log house and he and
Anna began to farm and raise a family. Bub installed a bell atop the family
barn and whenever Anna saw Indians, she rang that bell until the family came
Bob Lewis tried to keep up with
all the new developments of his time. He built the first steam grist mill in
the area and he purchased the first piano in the area for his family.
Bob was rather partial to his
second little girl, Claudia. In fact,
the family tells stories about when he would wake up early in the morning
before anyone else, saddle Claudia's pony, and have it waiting for her when she
got up to go to school. Lewis would also
meet his daughter at the end of the lane when she returned in the afternoon and
take care of the pony's needs while she went about her chores.
Another story tells of the time
Lewis drove his wagon to town to get supplies, including some meat. On the way home, he met a pack of wolves. He
kept his team well ahead of the wolves until the horses had to pull the wagon
up a steep hill. The wolves got closer
and closer – so Lewis began to toss out the meat to divert their
attention. The animals were diverted, gobbled up the meat, and Lewis got himself and the
team home safely.
Two of the Lewis girls, Ella and
Claudia, often worked at the expansive and rustic Lake McDonald Hotel, nestled
in the beautiful area of the Rocky Mountains, Glacier
National Park, which surround the Flathead Valley.
The hotel was built and operated by their father's cousin, John E.
Lewis. Actually, it was John Lewis' wife
Olive who did the real work of the annual opening and closing of the lodge,
says Claudia. The hotel, now called a
lodge, is still in operation and is owned by the Great Northern Railroad.
Bob Lewis died 2 OCT 1928 at the age of
67. He had been bedridden for 18 months
following an operation. He is buried at
the Fairview Cemetery,
He and Anna had eleven children, eight of whom survived infancy.
Solomon Walter Lewis was the
enumerator for his district for the January 6, 1920 federal census, Columbia
township, Flathead County, Montana: Solomon W. Lewis, 58, farmer;
Anna, wife, 40; Harry A., 22;
Everett C., 20; Albert G., 19; Ella A., 14; Claudia I., 11; Walter H. 8;
Edward, 6; and Edith, 6.
Claudia Irene Lewis became the
wife of John Willard O’Connell.