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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
E. Ralph Lewis, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. IV, p. 68 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Among the busy and successful physicians of Oneida county, New York, is Dr. E. Ralph Lewis, who was born in Deansboro, New York, on July 5, 1886, the youngest of five children born to Jesse B. and Eva (Taylor) Lewis, who were both born in the town of Augusta, New York. Jesse B. Lewis, a blacksmith by occupation, was related to a number of old families of Herkimer county, New York, which included the Bellinger and Helmer families, who took an active part in the Revolutionary war. He was a Mason and member of the Sanger Lodge of Waterville, New York; and also a member of the Methodist church. He died in 1914. His wife, Eva (Taylor) Lewis, who died in 1918, also came from an old family, her grandfather, A. Cook, being a large landowner and owner of what was known as "Strip 1".

E. Ralph Lewis was educated in the public schools of Deansboro and in Clinton high school, after which he entered the University of Maryland at Baltimore, where he was graduated in 1909 with the degree of M. D. He then took a postgraduate course at Johns Hopkins University and served an interneship at the Maryland Lying-in-Hospital of Baltimore for one year. Dr. Lewis then established practice at Union Bridge, Maryland, and remained five years, then went to Kimbolton, Ohio, for three years. In 1918 he removed to Clinton, New York, where he now enjoys a well established practice.

In Baltimore, Maryland, in 1912, Dr. Lewis was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Ball, daughter of Richard Ball, a descendant of an old English family of Norfolk, Virginia. Mrs. Lewis is a member of the "B Sharp" Club. Dr. Lewis is a member of the staff of St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Utica and a member of the American, State and County Medical Associations. He is a Mason and member of Plymouth Lodge, No. 143, of Union Bridge, Maryland, and also holds membership in the Skenadoah Club of Clinton and the University Club of Utica. His college fraternity is the Chi Zeta Chi, and he is a trustee in the Presbyterian church of his home city. In politics Dr. Lewis is a republican and he greatly enjoys fishing as a diversion.

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