Los Gatos

Among the wide-awake, far-seeing and capable business men, who are responsible for the permanency of the buildings and residences of Los Gatos, is George R. Lewis, the owner of the oldest plumbing, and tining establishment in Los Gatos. A native of Burlington, Iowa, he was born August 22, 1869, and is the son of Osmar and Jennie E. (Gibson) Lewis; the father now resides in Oakland. George R. attended the public schools of his native city and then attended Doane College at Crete, Nebr. In 1886 he came to California and located at Los Gatos, and in the following year purchased the business of Perkins & Son. In 1897 Os-mar Lewis disposed of his grocery business and joined his son in the plumbing business. The father is now retired, but the business is still known under the firm name of Lewis & Son. Many of the best business blocks, the high school and many of the principal residences attest the splendid character of Mr. Lewis' workmanship.

The marriage of Mr. Lewis united him with Miss Maud Salisbury of Thompson, Pa., and they have two children, Alfred 0. and Howard S. Mr. Lewis was a member of the board of trustees of Los Gatos for four years and gave his best efforts to improve the city; during this time the Carnegie Library was provided for and the erection of the building begun. He has served his community as a member of the board of school trustees for thirteen years and during the entire time was secretary of the board He is a member of Ridgely Lodge No. 294, I. 0. 0. F., and served as secretary for four years. and is also a past grand. For twenty-six years Mr. Lewis has served as superintendent of the Presbyterian Sunday-school. Keenly interested in all matters that pertain to the progress and prosperity of California, he is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and takes a good citizen's part in all civic matters.

From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1587


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