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Lewis and Frances (Samuelson) Haines

Lewis George Haines was born in Denver, Indiana, on November 16, 1920. He was the oldest son of four children born to Carl and Natalie (Kessler) Haines. The others were: Helen Louise (deceased), Marilyn (Mrs. Rex Davis) now living in New York, and Carl Roderick of Darling, Indiana.

His paternal grandparents were Lewis and Florence (Slobig) Haines, and his maternal grandparents were George and Dora (Gustin) Kessler, all of Denver, Indiana.

Lewis moved to Milford, Illinois, with his parents in 1937 from Russleville, Indiana, his father being transferred to Milford to be manager of the Milford Telephone Company.

He attended Milford Township High School graduating in 1939, excelling in all sports while a student there. After graduation, he started working at the Milford Telephone Company with his father and became the manager in 1944 when his father was transferred to Darlington, Indiana.

He attended ITT Kellogg Dial School in Chicago. The training he received while attending ITT was beneficial and necessary for the maintenance of the phone system after conversion from magneto to dial.

He remained with the Milford Company for 43 years, retiring in June of 1982. At the time of his retirement, he was District Manager of the Northern District of the Mid-Continent Telephone Company. He played Softball for many years with the Milford team and was also on a bowling team for several years.

On August 24, 1941, Lewis was united in marriage to Frances Samuelson, daughter of Oscar and Kittie (Karr) Samuelson of Watseka, Illinois, and two children were born to this union. Mark Lewis on September 15, 1947, and Ward Ryan on July 8, 1953. Both boys attended Milford Grade Schools and graduated from Milford Township High School. They both lettered in most sports while students there.

Mark joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and served in the Viet Nam Conflict. He was honorably discharged in April of 1969. He married Rita Nielsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Nielson of Woodworth, Illinois on July 5, 1969. Residing in Charleston, Illinois, Mark received his Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1978 and is currently employed there as Director of Arrangements. Rita, an RN, is employed by Dr. Mack Hallowell. They parented one son, Seth Ryan, who is a second grader at Mark Twain School and a source of much enjoyment to his grandparents.

Mark was initiated into the Order of Omega in 1980 for outstanding contributions to fraternities. He serves as chapter adviser for Delta Sigma Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi, social fraternities. He was nominated to the Outstanding Young Men in America in 1982. Rita and Mark's hobbies include: boating, water skiing, swimming, and bowling.

Ward also attended EIU and was killed during his sophomore year there in a car accident on August 31, 1973. He is interred at the Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois, Illinois.

During the years Frances has had employment at the telephone office, Milford Home Appliance, Howard Industries, to mention a few.

Being an avid fisherman, Lewis does much fishing at their summer home on Lake Manitou, Rochester, Indiana.

(transcribed by Carrol Mick - from The History of Iroquois County page 318


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