Lewis R. OWEN, a prominent representative of the business interests of Lacon, was born in this county, October 2, 1869, a son of David D. OWEN, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. His early education was acquired in the public schools of Dixon, Illinois, and he afterward attended the Northwestern College there, in which he studied music and harmony and also pursued the commercial and literary courses. In early life he engaged in farming south of Pekin, Illinois, and subsequently removed to Moravia, Iowa, where he remained for three years. On the expiration of that period he returned to Marshall county and settled in Lacon, where he purchased a half interest in a grocery and hardware business. In January, 1905, he became sole proprietor and has since had entire charge, successfully conducting the store, in which he carries a well selected line of goods, meeting with a very desirable patronage.
On the 27th of January, 1898, Lewis R. OWEN was married to Miss Dora JOHNSTON, a daughter of James H. and Sarah J. (BOTT) JOHNSTON, the former a native of Woodford county, Kentucky, and the latter of Salem, Roanoke county, Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. OWEN now have two children: Mildred M., born May 21, 1899; and Dale D., December 7, 1901.
Mr. OWEN is a republican in politics and fraternally is connected with Lacon lodge, No. 61, A. F. & A. M. His wife belongs to the Methodist church and is a member of its ladies' aid society, while in other departments of the church activity she takes a helpful interest. Both are highly esteemed people, enjoying in large measure the friendship of those with whom they have been brought in contact.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.