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Reuben Benjamin "R. B." Lewis was born November 5, 1899, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, and died April 21, 1988, in King, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 88. Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI. He is the son of Gustav Larsson Lewis of Fröbbestorp, Torsås, Kalmar lan, Smaland, Sweden, and Julianne Marie Anderson of Tisvilde, Denmark. 

Mary Isabel Johnson was born June 14, 1900, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, and died March 20, 1982, in Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, at age 81. Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI. She is the daughter of Silas Samuel Johnson of Portland, Dodge Co., WI, and Sena K. (Peterson) Omit of the Town of St. Lawrence, Waupaca Co., WI. See SPJ May 22, 1982, for obituary. Sena died see SPDJ Tuesday, April 8, 1958.

Reuben Benjamin "R. B." Lewis and Mary Isabel Johnson were married 1919 in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.

Reuben Benjamin "R. B." Lewis and Mary Isabel (Johnson) Lewis had two children:

  1. Donald Richard Lewis: Born May 18, 1920, in the Village of New Leipzig, Grant Co., ND; Died June 17, 1997, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 77). Married June 21, 1943, at the Presbyterian manse, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, to Evelyn Delores Schwingel: Born October 21, 1918, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI; Died March 20, 2008, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 89).
  2. James Franklin Lewis: Born June 7, 1925, in in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI; Died September 28, 2004, in Palm Beach Co., FL (age 79). Married to Barbara "Bobbe" Marsh: Born April 16, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA.. Children Billy and Bobby.



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Reuben Benjamin Lewis was born November 5, 1899, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.

Mary Isabel Johnson was born June 14, 1900, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 5, 1900, shows Gust Lewis (age 52) born May 1848 in Sweden of Swedish-born parents and is a naturalized citizen immigrating in 1872 is a carpenter living on State Street, 2nd Ward, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 24 years, Julia Lewis (age 42) born June 1858 in Denmark of Danish-born parents who emigrated in 1870, and 8 of the 9 children born in Wisconsin to her are still alive and all but Albert are living at home: Idith Lewis (age 20) born July 1879 who is a dry goods clerk; Edward Lewis (age 18) born November 1882 who is delivering; Hjalmar Lewis (age 15) born January 1885); Henry Lewis (age 13) born April 1887; Clara Lewis (age 9) born March 1891; Irving Lewis (age 7) born May 1893; and Rubin Lewis (age 7/12) born November 1899. Also living there is a lodger, Mary Jenkins (age 25).


 Reuben Benjamin "R. B." Lewis and Clara Johanna Lewis, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, about 1902.


The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Gustavus Lewis (age 57) born in Sweden of Swedish-born parents is a Carpenter owning his home with a mortgage and living in the 2nd Ward, City of Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Julia Lewis (age 47) born in Denmark to Danish-born parents. Also living there are his seven unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Swedish and Danish-born parents: Edith Lewis (age 26) a Clerk; Elmer Lewis (age 20) a Cigar Maker; Henry Lewis (age 17); Clara Lewis (age 14); Irving Lewis (age 12); Ruben B. Lewis (age 5); and Philip A. Lewis (age 1).

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 28, 1910, shows Gustave Lewis (age 61) born in Sweden of Swedish-born parents and is a Pa naturalized citizen immigrating in 1872 is a house carpenter owning his home at 413 State Street, 2nd Ward, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 33 years, Julia A. Lewis (age 52) born in Denmark of Danish-born parents who emigrated in 1870, and all 9 of the 9 children born in Wisconsin to her are still alive. Living at home: Clara Lewis (age 19) who is works in a milliner store; Irvin Lewis (age 16) who helps in a machine shop; Rueben Lewis (age 10); and Philip Lewis (age 6).


Reuben Benjamin "R. B." Lewis fought in France during WWI in the Wisconsin 32nd Red Arrow Division. The 32nd Division fought at Grimpettes wood, Bellevue farm, Fismes, Argonne and The Rhine.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, Friday, February 8, 1918

NEW LEIPZIG MEN HAD BROTHER ON TRANSPORT SUNK

Ed and Henry Lewis of Lewis Bros., Worrying Over Fate of Kinsman

Edward and Henry Lewis of the well known New Leipzig firm of Lewis Bros. are anxiously awaiting a casualty list from the transport Tuscanoa disaster, for their brother, Reuben Lewis, was one of the hundreds of Wisconsin soldiers who was on board. Reuben Lewis enlisted in the 20th engineers from Wapaca, Wis., and his brothers at New Leipzig have reason to feel confident that he was on the wrecked boat. They had received no word of him up to a late hour last night.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, Wednesday, February 13, 1918

NEW LEIPZIG BOY NOT ON TUSCANIA

A communication received from Reuben Lewis from Camp Merritt, dated February 3, by his brothers Edward and Henry Lewis of New Leipzig, gives them all reason to believe he was not a passenger on the ill-fated Tuscania as was first thought. Further advice received from Waupaca, Wis., states that his company sailed only last week. Mr. Lewis is a bugler in the 107th M. P. 32nd Division National Guards.


Reuben Benjamin "R. B." Lewis and Mary Johnson were married 1919 in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 6, 1920, shows Gust Lewis (age 71) is a widower born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents with Pa naturalization citizen and having immigrated in 1872 is a House Carpenter owning his home and is living at 413 South State Street, 2nd Ward, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are three of his children, all unmarried except for Reuben, and born in Wisconsin to Danish-born parents: Clara Lewis (age 28), a Milliner in a Hat Shop; Rueben Lewis (age 20), Unemployed; and Phillip Lewis (age 16), Unemployed.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 17, 1920, shows Ruben Lewis (age 20) born in Wisconsin to Swedish and Danish-born parents is an Electric Plant Electrician renting his home and is living at 17 Block 1, Village of New Leipzig, Weller Twp., Grant Co., ND. Living with him is his wife, Marie Lewis (age 19) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 3, 1930, shows Reuben B. Lewis (age 30) born in Wisconsin to Swedish and Danish-born parents and first married at age 19 is a Bookkeeper in an Auto Motor Company and is renting his home for $23 a month and is living at 312 South Fremont Street, 3rd Ward, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Mary Lewis (age 29) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents and first married at age 19. Also living there are his sons: Donald Lewis (age 9) born in North Dakota; and James Lewis (age 4) born in Wisconsin.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Tuesday, December 5, 1935

Donald Lewis, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Lewis, 505 Michigan avenue, was born at New Liepsic, South Dakota, May 18, 1920. He lived for a time at Waupaca, and in 1925 he moved to this city. He joined Troop 21 and become a tenderfoot scout on October 18, 1932. He was raised to the rank of first class December 8, 1933, star rank April 6, 1935, and has now completed all requirements for eagle rank. He has served as assistant patrol leader of the Cobra patrol and at the present time is junior scoutmaster of his troop. In addition to the 13 required merit badges necessary to become an eagle scout he has qualified for first aid to animals, handicraft, firemanship, carpentry, leathercraft, woodcarving, electricity and scholarship. He is a sophomore in high school and his hobby is electricity.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 10, 1940, shows Reuben B. Lewis (age 40) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 4 years of High School, is a married County Officer for the Veterans Service who owns his home worth $5,000 and is living at 505 South Michigan Avenue, 5th Ward, City of Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Mary Lewis (age 39) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 4 years of High School; his unmarried son, Donald Lewis (age 19) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 1 year of College, an Office Worker for the N. Y. A.; and his unmarried son, James Lewis (age 14) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Friday, September 2, 1955

The R. B. Lewises To Attend Waupaca Anniversary Event

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Lewis, 505 South Michigan avenue, will be in Waupaca Sunday afternoon when Mr. Lewis' brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lear celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. The Lears will greet relatives and friends at an open house at their home from 2 to 4 o'clock, with a buffet supper for relatives following from 5 to 7 o'clock. Mrs. Lear is the former Edith Lewis. Her six brothers and sisters-in-law and her brother-in-law and sister will be among the guests. They are Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lewis, Seattle, Wash., Mr. and Mrs.. Ed Lewis, New Liepzig, N. D., Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Lewis, Neenah, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Lewis and Mr. and Mrs. Irving Lewis and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lewis, Waupaca, the R. B. Lewises, Steven Point, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Peterson, Menasha. Also present for the event will be the Lears' two sons, Lloyd and Herbert Lear, Waupaca, and their daughter, Naomi, who is married and lives in Manitowoc, as well as the R. B. Lewises' son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James Lewis, and two children, Billy and Bobby, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who have been visiting the Lewis home here since Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Lear were married in Waupaca on Sept. 13, 1905. Mr. Lear, who is retired, was associated with the First National Bank at Waupaca for many years. He is well-known in Stevens Point Masonic circles.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Tuesday, April 8, 1958

Mrs. Lewis' Mother Dies

Mrs. Sena Johnson, Waupaca, mother of Mrs. R. B. Lewis, 505 S. Michigan Ave., died Monday morning at 9:20. Mrs. Johnson, whose death occurred at the Waupaca Rest Home, had been ill for three months. She was 81 years old. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Holly Funeral Home, Waupaca, and burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery. Conducting the services will be the Rev. Oscar L. Stanke of the First Methodist Church, of which Mrs. Johnson was a member. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Born in the Town of St. Lawrence (Waupaca County) on Jan. 30, 1877, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anders Peterson. Her marriage to Silas Johnson took place in Waupaca in August 1898. Mr. Johnson died in 1914. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. J. A. (Andra) Anderson, Minneapolis, Mrs. V. H. (Evelyn) Nelson, Thornton, Ill., and Mrs. Mary Lewis; a son, Allan, Riverside, Calif.,; two brothers, Carl Peterson, Tacoma, Wash., and Elmer Christensen, Waupaca; four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Scoville, Minneapolis, Mrs. Caroline Weber, Green Bay, Mrs. Lottie Doty, Kiing, and Mrs. Annie Dain, Kaukauna; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Mary Isabel (Johnson) Lewis died March 20, 1982, in Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, at age 81. Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI.



Reuben Benjamin "R. B." Lewis died April 21, 1988, in King, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 88. Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI.



Andrew Omit died 1896 in Waupaca Co., WI.


WAUPACA REPUBLICAN POST - Waupaca, WI, January, 1914

OBITUARY.

Silas Samuel Johnson was born in Portland, Dodge Co., Wis., Oct. 18, 1854; died January 25, 1914, at the age of fifty-nine years, three months and seven days. He came to Waupaca with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Johnson in 1855 and settled on a farm in the east part of the town, where he spent his life with the exception of about twelve years. He was married to Mrs. Sena Omit August 16, 1898. He was sick over two years, the last year being confined to the bed a good share of the time. He bore his affliction very patiently. The funeral was held from the residence Wednesday, Jan. 28. Rev. Sheard of Waupaca conducted the services. John Faulks, Chas. Stinchfield, Frank Axtell, Robert Faulks, Arthur Axtell and Wm. Schroeder acted as pallbearers. He leaves to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father, a wife, three daughters, Andra; Mary, Evelyn, one son, Allan, his mother and one sister, Mrs. Taylor Looker, of Waupaca, besides other relatives and friends. Interment was at Lakeside cemetery.


WAUPACA REPUBLICAN - Waupaca, WI

January 29, 1914

Silas Johnson

Sunday morning, Jan. 25, at his home four miles east of this city, occurred the death of Silas Samuel Johnson after an illness of more than one year, the cause of death being pernicious anemia. Deceased was fifty-nine years of age and leaves a wife, three daughters, an aged mother, a sister, Mrs. Taylor Looker, and other relatives to mourn his untimely death. The funeral was held Wednesday at 10:30 at the home, Rev. Sheard of the First Methodist church of this city officiating. The remains were laid at rest in Lakeside cemetery.