Lewis Lumen Cross (1864-1951)
Lewis Lumen Cross was born in Tuscola County, likely northwest of Davison, Michigan, but moved to a farm just outside Spring Lake on the western shore of Michigan in 1872 where he spent the remainder of his life. He attended Northern Indiana Normal School and Business Institute (Now Valparaiso University) at Valparaiso, Indiana, briefly between 1883-84 where he studied drawing and penmanship. Later, likely at the same place, he studied oil painting, a medium which he preferred. There is no other evidence of any formal study.
A largely self-sufficient man, Cross planned and built his own concrete house between 1910-14 which included storage space on the first floor
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