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Tom Lewis honored as tree lighter

 

November 29, 2018

Photo courtesy of John Havrilek

Tom Lewis (seated), with Gage Lewis on his lap, had the honor of lighting this year's Christmas tree. Pictured from left to right: Synneva Lewis, Blake Stough, Larisa Lewis and Adrianna Stough.

Long time Petersburg resident Tom Lewis was this year's tree lighter for the community Christmas tree.

Growing up in Foster, Oregon, Lewis took on a variety of jobs from working on a hay baler to falling timber. Almost on a whim, Lewis and some of the men that he felled timber with made the decision on a Monday in 1942 to join the navy. After he was discharged from the Navy he began working in Oregon again.

"Then I got curious about Alaska," said Lewis.

He came to Alaska in the early 1950s and began falling timber because there was a need for workers. He later married his wife Mildred in 1...



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