A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
LEROY W. LEWIS, D. D. S., was graduated in the department of dentistry at
the University of Iowa as a member of the class of 1902, and his subsequent
professional success offers the most effective voucher for his technical skill
and his effective application thereof, as well as for his personal popularity.
The Doctor is established in the practice of his profession in the City of
Shenandoah, where he has an office of the best modern equipment in both
operative and laboratory departments, and where he has won definite standing as one
of the representative members of his profession in Page County.
Doctor Lewis was born on the parental home farm in Plymouth County, Iowa,
November 20, 1878, and is a son of Thomas W. and Harriet E. (Belvins) Lewis,
the former of whom was born in Illinois and the latter in Vermont, their
marriage having been solemnized at Morrison, Illinois, and the year 1875 having
marked their removal to Plymouth County, Iowa, where Thomas W. Lewis developed
the fine farm estate that long continued the stage of his productive activities
as agriculturist and stock-grower. He became one of the honored citizens
and retired farmers of Le Mars, the judicial center of Plymouth County, where he
passed away at the age of eighty years, June, 1930, his wife having passed
to eternal rest in the year 1919. Ola B., eldest of the children, resides at
La Mars; Dr. LeRoy W. is the next younger; Maude S. is the wife of I. R.
Stout, who is in charge of the male high school of the City of Newark, New
Jersey, their home being maintained in the beautiful suburb of Bloomfield; Harry
L., youngest of the children, resides at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and owns
and conducts a drug store at Hartford, that state. Thomas W. Lewis was long a
loyal supporter of the principles of the Democratic party and was affiliated
with the Masonic fraternity, his wife having been an active member of the
Congregational Church. his father, Ward Lewis, was a substantial farmer in
Illinois. Mrs. Harriet E. Lewis was a daughter of C. Frank Bevins, who was a
blacksmith and carpenter and who resided in turn in Vermont, New York State and
Illinois prior to coming to Iowa, where he gained pioneer honors.
After being graduated in the high school at Le Mars Dr. LeRoy W. Lewis there
completed a course in the Le Mars Normal School, after his graduation in
which he entered the dental department of the University of Iowa, in which he
was graduated as a member of the class of 1902. After thus receiving his
degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery he was engaged in practice two months at Hull,
Sioux County, and during the ensuing two years he maintained his professional
headquarters at Larchwood, Lyon County. In 1904 he established his residence
in Shenandoah, in which city he has continued in successful practice during
the intervening period of a full quarter of a century. The Doctor has
membership in the District Dental Association, the Iowa State Dental Association
and the National Dental Association, and he has kept in close touch with the
advances made in dental science and practice, so that his professional service
at all times has been of the highest standard.
Doctor Lewis gives his political allegiance to the Republican party, he and
his wife are zealous members of the Congregational Church in their home city
and he is a trustee thereof; he is a member of the Shenandoah board of
education, is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, and has active membership in
the local Kiwanis and Country Clubs.
The year 1908 recorded the marriage of Doctor Lewis to Miss Grace Padmore,
who was born at Le Mars, Plymouth County, and whose early educational
advantages included those of the University of Iowa. Doctor and Mrs. Lewis have
three children: Jane is, in 1929, a member of the junior class in Grinnell
College; Donald is a member of the senior class in the Shenandoah High School; and
Helen is a member of the Junior High School.
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