Mar. 22, 2012. -- A picture and biographical sketch of John F. Lewis appeared in the SIDNEY ARGUS-HERALD.
December 1857: John F. Lewis told the census enumerator for the Federal 1900 census for Riverton that he had been born in December 1857 in Wisconsin. His father had been born in Illinois, and his mother in Ireland. J. F. Lewis was a photographer.
Early 1880's: "...The first experience in Fremont county of ye local editor (John F. Lewis) was at Mt. Hope, in Prairie township, where he taught a winter term of school along in the early 80's. Isaac Wilson was a student at that time in Mt. Hope; his mother now lives in Paonia, Colo....". -- The Fremont County Herald of Mar. 7, 1905.
1884. -- "I have followed photography for twenty years". -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Dec. 27, 1904
1885. -- "About twenty years ago I lived in Atlantic...." -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of June 16, 1905.
1887. -- "After an absence of two years I returned....." The FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of June 16, 1905.
Dec. 29, 1887. Miss Mattie Lewis of Cumberland, Iowa, is the sister of J. F. Lewis, the Riverton photographer. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Dec. 29, 1887.
January 1888. -- Lewis took a picture of Mrs. Chris (Olson) Johnson in Riverton. --THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Jan. 12, 1888.
1890 - 1900. -- "Again I left Atlantic and this time did not return for ten years." -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of June 16, 1905
May 25, 1893. -- J. F. Lewis took a picture of Riverton's high school graduating class last Saturday. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY SUN of May 25, 1893. (This was the last class at Riverton for Morris Daily, Riverton's gift to the education world. This 1893 commencement is printed here on Rootsweb.....The Sidney class of 1885 also was taught by world-class educators: Was there an interaction of student-teacher that produced marvelous results in these cases?)
July 6, 1893. -- J. F. Lewis is Riverton's photographer. --THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of July 6, 1893.
Nov. 9, 1893. -- J. F. Lewis has sent some fine photographs to Holstein, Germany. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Nov. 9, 1893.
Jan. 3, 1895. -- J. F. Lewis has had an artricle in the "Morning American".
Feb. 7, 1895. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Feb. 7, 1895 prints a letter from J. F. Lewis of Riverton, Iowa.
Feb. 27, 1896. -- "J. F. Lewis, the literati, known as "Random shot," and the learned correspondent of the "Hamburg Reporter," "Saturday Blade," and "Iowa Daily Capital", visisted in Prairie township with Dr. S. C. Hatton, on professional business Sunday evening." -- THE FREMONT COUNTY SUN of Feb. 27, 1896,
April 12, 1900. -- The Riverton fire on Saturday morning destroyed J. F. Lewis's photograph gallery. -- The FREMONT COUNTY SUN of Apr. 12, 1900.
May 3, 1900. -- J. F. Lewis of Riverton has been in Sidney about a week finishing up some photographic work he has had on hand. Mr. Lewis is a photographer who lost his gallery in the recent fire in Riverton. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD.
Nov. 1, 1900. -- The FREMONT COUNTY HERALD prints a letter for J. F. Lewis from Atlantic.
Dec. 9, 1904. -- John F. Lewis introduces himself to the readers of the FREMONT COUNTY HERALD.
Dec. 13, 1904. -- "John F. Lewis, for many years a resident of Riverton but since 1900 a citizen of Atlantic, has taken a position on the editorial staff of the Herald....". -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Dec. 13, 1904.
1904. -- "John F. Lewis of Atlantic, who was formerly in the photography business in Riverton, is now reporting for the Herald." -- THE FREMONT COUNTY SUN of Dec. 15, 1904.
Oct. 27, 1905. -- J. F. Lewis is visiting his boyhood home in LaFayette co., Wisc. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Oct. 27, 1905.
Nov. 28, 1905. -- J. F. Lewis says his home town is Darlilngton, LaFayette co., Wisc.
Feb. 23, 1906. -- J. F. Lewis, who has had charge of the local news for 15 months, has retired and Prof. D. D. Darby takes his place. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Feb. 23, 1906.
March 20, 1906. -- J. F. Lewis can be seen about the streets taking photographs. He is a first class artist and prefers snow scenes and just at this time his desire for the beautiful can be easily gratified. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Mar. 20, 1906.
July 13, 1906. (His personal picture and a write-up, and some photgraphs are featured, in the FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of July 13, 1906.
Aug. 1906. -- Lewis took a picture of the dredge boat. --THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Aug. 10, 1906.
Feb. 1, 1907. -- S. S. Lewis, author of the beautiful poem, "My Ships," published in this issue, is the editor and publisher of Lewis' Ledger, in Cannon Falls, Minn. He is a cousin of J. F. Lewis... THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Feb. 1, 1907.
Mar. 1, 1907. "J. F. Lewis left for Clarinda yesterday to testify as an expert in the famous ditch case of Rankin & Cowden - VS - Lingo. He received a call yesterday morning over the long distnace phone to make some photographs of the new river channel and produce them in court at nine o'clock this morning. This is what is known in street parlance as "going some." -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Mar. 12, 1907.
Mar. 26, 1907. -- J. F. Lewis has accepted a position as traveling salesman and left Monday to commence his duties. -- The FREMONT COUNTY SUN of Mar. 26, 1907.
May 8, 1908. -- John F. Lewis takes a five generation picture of the Acord - VanNess - McMasters family. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY SUN of May 8, 1908.
May 15, 1908. -- J. F. Lewis took a picture of the Percival school today. -- May 15, 1908; THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD.
June 19, 1908. -- Lewis's article about Shady Glen and High Grove country schools appears in the FREMONT COUNTY HERALD.
July 14, 1908. -- J. F. Lewis took his leave from Sidney last Monday for Lincoln where he will do photographic view work. Mr. Lewis has gained an enviable reputation as a artist in his line and his work is in great demand. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of July 14, 1908.
May 29, 1908. -- Contribution Accepted. -- A literary contribution from the pen of J. F. Lewis, of this city, has been accepted at a remunerative figure by the Outing Magazine published in the city of New York. This is a high class magazine and Mr. Lewis is to be congratulated on the success he is achieving along the line of standard literature so acceptable to such a publication as the Outing. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of May 29, 1908.
June 7, 1908. -- His picture and article "A Sylvan School Room" appears in the Des Moines Register and Leader of June 7, 1908.
Aug. 7, 1908. -- J. F. Lewis formerly lived in LaFayette county, Wisconsin. --THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Feb. 14, 1908.
Aug. 7, 1908. -- J. F. Lewis leaves Sidney for Lincoln.
July 31, 1908. -- J. F. Lewis, Lincoln, Nebr., writes an article about William Jennings Bryan for the FREMONT COUNTY HERALD. There is no mention that near relatives of his running mate, John Worth Kern, live in Sidney.
Nov. 27, 1908. -- J. F. Lewis moved to Lincoln several months ago....selling pictures to that city's daily press....
May 17, 1917. -- J. F. Lewis has severed his connection with this paper and is settling up his affairs preparatory to going to Ekalaka, Montana where he has an opportunity to purchase a farm and live in the open, which he believes will be better for his health.-- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of May 17, 1917.
July 1, 1917. -- "...On July 1, 1917, I landed in Montana....". -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Jan. 5, 1922
July 26, 1917. -- A letter from J. F. Lewis was published in the Fremont County Herald of July 26, 1917. It was his first letter written from Montana.
1918. -- The FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Apr. 4, 1918, contains a letter from J. F. Lewis describing Carter county, Mont.
Feb. 13, 1919. -- "I am writing up this section and the old timers of Montana for the Montana Newpaper association of Great Falls. They furnish 'patent insides' for the country newspaper of the State....My articles are illustrated with photographs by Lewis." -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Feb. 13, 1919.
Feb. 27, 1919. -- "Honyok Poet of Southeastern Montana Inspired by Sagebrush and Silence" by J. F. Lewis , Ekalaka, Montana. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD OF Feb. 27, 1919. (This aricle has two examples of cowboy poetry: "A Sprig of Sagebrush" and "The Gumbo Lily". Lewis was heralding Irvin Robert Shults, alias Vin Roberts.)
1921. -- "John Franklin Lewis, who was at one time connected with the Herald in an editorial capacity, emigrated to Carter county, Montana a few years go and for the past two years has been connected with the Eagle Publishing company at Ekalaka....(Lewis has published a booklet on Ekalaka and Carter county; it contained excellent photgraphs by Lewis.)--THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of May 12, 1921.
Jan. 5, 1922. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD of Jan. 5, 1922 contains a letter from John Franklin Lewis. In it, he mentions that he lived in Cass county, Iowa as a boy.
Aug. 31, 1922. -- THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD reports that J. F. Lewis has been nominated for the office of State Senator from his district in Montana.
Sept. 1929. -- In connection with 'honyocks", J. F. Lewis espouses cowboy poetry in the "Frontier Times Magazine" of Sept. 1929, page 527.
May 20, 1933. --John Franklin Lewis, early Riverton, Sidney photographer, died May 20, 1933. --THE SIDNEY ARGUS-HERALD of June 1, 1933.