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Zerfoss, Lewis Frank

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Zerfoss, Lewis Frank
March 05, 2007 06:40PM
HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson, three volumes,
Lewis Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912. Common version, Vol. III,
p. 1311. Boyd County.

LEWIS FRANK ZERFOSS. With a clear, well-trained mind and a large share
of professional enthusiasm, Lewis Frank Zerfoss, a well-known attorney
of Ashland, Kentucky, has achieved distinguished success in his legal
career and won prominence in social and political circles. He was born
in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, January 2, 1862, the oldest child in a
family of eight children.
His father, Samuel Ernest Zerfoss, was a life-long resident of
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, his birth occurring in that city in 1839, and
his death in 1906. He was engaged in the steam heating and plumbing
profession, and carried on a substantial business for a number of years.
He served as a soldier during almost the entire period of the Civil war,
at the battle of Gettysburg being wounded by a rifle ball in the right
leg. He married Fannie Bowman, who spent her brief life of twenty-seven
years in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, passing away in 1878.
Reared to manhood in his native city, Lewis Frank Zerfoss attended
the graded and high schools, and after his graduation from the Lock Haven
Normal School attended the Gettysburg College for three years. Fitted for
a professional life, he subsequently taught school in different capacities
for twelve years, nine years of the time teaching in Pennsylvania. Locating
in Bedford, Kentucky, in 1888, he was there engaged in educational work
for three years, during which time he spent his leisure in reading law.
Admitted to the bar in Bedford, Kentucky, in 1891, Mr. Zerfoss was there
successfully engaged in the practice of his profession twelve years. In
1903 he transferred his residence to Ashland, Boyd county, where he has
a large and remunerative practice and holds a position of note among the
leading lawyers of the city. He is a member of the Kentucky State Bar
Association, and interested in all of its progressive movements.
A loyal supporter of the principles of the Democratic party, Mr.
Zerfoss is prominent in political matters, and is now chairman of the
Ashland Board of Health. In 1907, he was Democratic candidate for the
state legislature in a district containing a Republican majority of nine
hundred, and was defeated by only fifty-nine votes. This district
comprises of Boyd and Lawrence counties, and he carried Boyd county,
which has a Republican majority of eight hundred, by ninety-seven votes,
the result of the election showing the popularity of Mr. Zerfoss as a man
and a citizen. While living in Trimble county he served as county
superintendent of schools for eight years. Fraternally he belongs to the
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows;
to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and to the Knights of the
Maccabees. Religiously he is a member of the Baptist church, while his
wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church, South.
Mr. Zerfoss married, in 1889, Lizzie S. Peak, a daughter of Hon.
W. F. Peak, of Bedford, Kentucky, a well-known and respected man who has
long been prominent in the public affairs of Trimble county. Three sons
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Zerfoss, namely: Karl, Tom and George.
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