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Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     WILLIAM LEWIS.  Among the progressive and wide awake miners of Okanoagn couny we are constrained to mention the gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph and who has made a showing in the mining industry, which places him as a real leader in this important field of operation.  He came to Loomis in 1891 and immediately took up mining.  After considerable prospecting he struck a lead on Whickey Hill and located twenty-three claims.  Later on he incorporated, the company being known as the Whickey Hill Mining and Milling Company, and Mr. Lewis is superintendent.  They have  done about eighteen thousand dollars worth of development work, which shows a very excellent property.  It is a gold property and bids fair to become one of the wealthy producers of the county.
     William Lewis was born in Howard county, Missouri, on March 16, 1834, the son of Fielding Lewis, a native of Tennessee and an early pioneer of Missouri, who then went to Tennessee and married Miss Laurinda Moore.  His father, Fielding Lewis, our subject's grandfather, participated in the War of 1812, and two uncles fought in the Revolution.  On April 29, 1852, our subject started with his parents across the plains with ox teams.  They had a small train of ten wagons and were headed for Linn county, Oregon.  Their journey was pleasant and without especial incident until they arrived at the Snake, where the mother, on August 20, was carried away by death.  In September, a brother of our subject died at Birch creek.  In the same month another member of the family, John M., died at Cascade Falls, and in October at Vancouver, his sister, Ellen, died.  In less than two months four of the family were swept away by the disease known as black tongue.  Mr. Lewis left his stock at The Dalles and went on and brought a pack train to Linn county and during the winter his stock died.  Our subject and his father enlisted in Company C, Second Oregon Volunteers, under Captain John Keeney, to fight the Indians in 1855.  They also participated in the Rogue River War and were in the battle of Big Meadows.  William received a slight flesh wound and had his clothing pierced with bullets.  During the service in the field there were many months when he endured great hardship, having his feet frozen.  Being honorably discharged they returned to the home place near Albany and there the father died in 1864, being in his sixty-fourth year.  He was justice of the peace and a prominent citizen.
     Our subject has three brothers, James P., David and George W., and one sister, Mrs. Sarah A. Layton.  Mr. Lewis went to the mines in the Siskiyou mountains, in California, and wrought for three years, then he returned to Orgeon.  On June 6, 1859, he married Miss Ruth, daughter of  John and Mahala McCallister.  Mrs. Lewis was born on September 20, 1842, in Knox county, Illinois, and came with her parents across the plains in 1853 to Linn county.  The father was a bugler in the Black Hawk War and died in Linn county, in his eightieth year.  The mother died a few years later.  In 1869 Mr. Lewis came to Puget Sound and a few years later, settled in Yakima where he did a hotel business for two years.  In 1872, he was elected sheriff of Yakima county and made such a record that he was enabled to say that he never received a warrant for a man without arresting him and never let a prisoner escape.  His name appeared on the Republican ticket and he has frequently been offered the nomination since, but has refused.  In 1885, he bought a large tract of land twenty-one miles northwest from Yakima and engaged in the stock business.  Later, he sold all but eighty acres, which he now owns.  As stated above, in 1891, he came to Okanogan county and has since devoted himself to mining.  Mr. Lewis is a member of the A. F. & A. M.  To Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, the following children have been born:  Mrs. Sampson Hull, deceased; Mrs. Sarah Climan, of Ellensburg; William H.; Mrs. Nervina Coleman, of Dayton, Oregon; Mrs. Lillie Cannon, of Centralia, Washington; Mrs. Grace Burgett, of Loomis, Washington; Simon P., of Yakima; and James V., deceased.