J. M. LEWIS, station agent and operator, Mound City, was born January 2, 1850, in Lawrence County, Ill.; son of W. M. and Martha (Craven) Lewis, the former a native of Kentucky. He and wife died in Lawrence County, Ill. He, the father of our subject, was a millwright by occupation, but followed farming mostly; he was the father of eight children, of whom six are now living, the youngest being our subject, who was educated in Lawrence County. In 1871, he learned telegraphy at Lawrenceville, where he took the office of agent and operator the latter part of the same year. After six months, he took the office at Bridgeport, where he stayed four years and three months. In August, 1876, he went on a farm near Bridgeport. He was a tiller of the soil for two years, when he once more turned to his profession, remaining six months on the Hannibal & St. Joe Railroad. In the spring of 1879, he moved back to Lawrenceville, Ill. In the fall of the same year, he went to Vincennes, Ind., where he worked one year for the C. & V. and I. & V. Railroad Companies, after which he was stationed one year in Grand Chain and then, in September, 1881, he came to Mound City, where he holds the position of station agent, operator and express agent for the Adams & Pacific Express Company. He was joined in matrimony, in November, 1872, in Lawrence County, to Eliza J. Smith, a native of Lawrence County, Ill., and a daughter of Robert Smith. She is the mother of two children now living, viz., Floyd Lee and Carrie May. Mr. Lewis is an A., F. & A. M., and in politics he is identified with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 269-270.