Biography of Joseph A. Lewis
Kings County, CA Biographies





JOSEPH A. LEWIS.
The gentleman to a brief review of whose life and characteristics the following lines are devoted, has spent his entire life in the district in which he now lives and has so ordered his actions as to win the confidence and goodwill of his fellow citizens. An honorable service during the World war and energetic and progressive business methods have given him an enviable standing in his community and he is entitled to specific mention in the history of his county. Joseph A. Lewis, who is successfully engaged in the automobile business in Hanford, was born in Huron, Fresno county, California, on the 16th day of August, 1893, the son of Manuel Lewis, a native of the Azores Islands, who has been an honored resident of California for over forty years. In the early days of his residence here he engaged in sheep raising, but is now a successful fruit grower near Hanford.

Joseph A. Lewis acquired his education in the Kings river and Excelsior school districts, and at the age of fourteen years began working as an automobile mechanic in the Imperial Garage in Hanford. From 1915 to 1917 he was employed in the Buckner Garage, and in the latter year enlisted in the United States army. He was assigned to the aviation service and was sent to the aviation field at San Antonio, Texas. Here, after training, he was made a first clsas sergeant and was transferred to the Wilbur Wright Aviation Field at Dayton, Ohio, where he took an active part in the construction and arrangement of the new field. Later he was transferred to the field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as instructor in aviation, remaining there until there was no longer need for his service, when he was sent to The Presidio, at San Francisco, and received his discharge on January 12, 1919. Mr. Lewis then returned to Hanford and was employed in the Hanford Garage until January 1, 1920, when he took the local agency for the Willys-Knight and Overland automobiles, in the handling of which he has been very successful. He formed a partnership with Louis Anmell and they have proven a strong concern, holding a high position among the business firms of this city. Mr. Lewis is a genial, approachable and accommodating man, with whom it is a pleasure to transact business, and he is eminently deserving of the marked popularity which he enjoys. He is a member of the American Legion and the Improved Order of Red Men.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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