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Biography of Wolf Lewis

Wolf Lewis. The modern merchant is the man who knows what the people want and supplies the best facilities for meeting those wants. He acts on that solid commercial principle that real success is only a return for an adequate service rendered. Of Champaign merchants of this class there is no more conspicuous example than Wolf Lewis, whose department store in the large Illinois Building means to Champaign County about what the Marshall Field store means to the shopping public of Chicago. Mr. Lewis is a merchant almost by birthright, but has profited by a long and thorough experience and has been tested by the fire of adversity as well as by the stimulus of prosperity. Along with success in his private business ventures, he has combined a public spirit which has made him a factor in civic improvement and municipal betterment. He is looked upon as a man of the finest character and useful influence. Mr. Lewis is a native of Poland, where he was born May 15, 1858, a son of Reuben and Eva (Lewis) Lewis, both natives of Poland. The mother died in Poland when her son Wolf was a very small child. Reuben Lewis then immigrated to the United States, located at Troy, New York, and engaged in the wholesale dry goods business. He had left his six children behind him in Poland, and did not send for them until he was well located in the New World. He spent the rest of his life as a successful business man at Troy, New York, where he died. His children were: George, now a resident of...

Biography of George S. Hine

George S. Hine is state dairy commissioner of Kansas with office in the State Agricultural College at Manhattan. His early life was spent on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Thus he is in a measure a dairyman to the manner born, as well as a man of thorough technical training and wide experience in that field. He had gained considerable distinction as a technical expert in his chosen profession in Wisconsin before he was called to Kansas, and has been identified with the dairy department of the state for the past six years. He was born on his father’s farm near Fairchild in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, January 25, 1885. He was the oldest of the five sons of Rivilla C. and Kittie E. (Foster) Hine, the former a native of New York, and the latter of Wisconsin. His father was a practical dairyman and horse raiser in Wisconsin. As a boy George S. Hine alternated between his father’s farm and the public schools of Fairchild. On leaving the high school he entered Wisconsin University, where he specialized in the agricultural department and received his degree, Bachelor of Science of Agriculture, in 1907. In determining to secure a university training Mr. Hine carried out his ambition largely through means of his own earnings, and practically paid all his expenses while at Madison. During the last year of his university course he was student instructor in agriculture. After graduating he was appointed assistant instructor in feed and fertilizing inspection and dairy tests. That was his work until September 1, 1909, when he went to Marinette, Wisconsin, as principal of the County...

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