Individual Record 282

Name}   Lawyer, Lewis Olson Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa 17 May 1907 Place} Alhambra, Los Angeles, California
Marr.: Date} Fam 13 Aug 1937 Place} Yuba City, Sutter, California     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 18 Apr 2001 Place} Oakland, Alameda, California
Burial: Date} Aft 18 Apr 2001 Place}  
  Grave Marker}  
Source 1}  73 = Interview
Source 2} 112 = 1910 USA cen
Source 3} 162 = Letter
Source 4} 181 = Interview
Source 5} 209 = School recd
Source 6} 213 = Photograph
Source 7} 324 = Phone book
Source 8} 475 = Letter
Source 9} 671 = Photograph
Source 10}680 = S.S. Record
Parents: } Arthur A. Lawyer & Ida E. Olson
   Relationship No.} 118
1st Household No.} 261 = Alhambra, Los Angeles, California
      Occupation 1} Bontanist/plant pathologist
       Occupation 2} Writer
Spouses:   Prime} Schwartz, Adele Ruth
 Total Number of} 1
Source 11}  751 = 1930 USA cen
Source 12}  758 = 1920 USA cen
Source 13}  858 = Letter
Source 14}  859 = Journal artl
Source 15}  860 = Journal obit
Source 16}  861 = Oral trnscpt
Source 17}  862 = Photograph
Source 18}  1142=School recd
Source 19}  1244=Obituary
Source 20}  1252=Funeral rec
Click to enlarge Notes:  Lewis Olson Lawyer was born May 17, 1907 in Alhambra, California.  His middle name is the surname of his maternal grandfather, Hans Olson.  In 1910 and 1920, Lewis was living with his parents at 30 North Third Street, Alhambra.  He had a younger sister, Elizabeth, and younger brother Richard.  He was closest friends with his cousin Donald K. Olson.  They are seen at the left with their grandfather Hans.  Lewis attended Alhambra City High School, graduating January 30, 1926.  He was in the same class as Don, and they both participated in the senior stage program as part of the colonial dames and minstrels.

The 1930 census found the entire family at the Third St. address.  Lewis was listed as a truck driver for a lumber yard.  This was presumably Olson Lumber Company owned by his uncle Frank T. Olson.

Lewis went to Chaffee Junior College, Ontario, San Bernardino County, graduating with a major in Science in 1934.  While at Chaffee, he lived at Mt. Baldy.  He received his B.S. in Plant biology from UC Berkeley in 1936.  He later became the Director of Research for Del Monte Fellowship in the field of genetic botany.

Lewis married Adele Schwartz on 13 Aug 1937.  She also worked for Del Monte in the same field. They raised three children in Oakland.  His 1997 Christmas letter tells us about his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

After retiring from the Del Monte Corp., he and his wife became involved with the breeding of Iris varieties. They both were active members of various Iris societies, including the Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris.  He and Adele wrote extensively for the Society's newsletter.  From 1973 until his death, he published over 63 articles, Adele published over 71 articles, and jointly they published over 7 articles.

Click to enlarge Richard and Lewis Lawyer (1st and 2nd from the left) are seen with their Betty Kimball and Olson cousins at the celebration of Donald Olson's (far right) 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration on 1 Oct 1994.  Lewis died 18 Apr 2001 in Oakland, shortly before his 94th birthday.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}   Lewis Olson Lawyer
Confirm. Date}   Photos} Lewis Lawyer
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} Bachelor of Science                             or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service} None                                  for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 30 Mar 2012
Date Created}   6 Sep 1993
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