Barber County Kansas
Lewis was born December 15, 1900, to Lewis J. and Ella Belle (Ligon) Balding in Barber County, about 5 miles east of Medicine Lodge. He attended Walstead School and Barber County High School.
Mildred Blanche was born January 9. 1910, to Jay and Iva (Axtell) Warren; north of Medicine Lodge on the Warren place, in the Amber district, where Mildred attended school and then Barber County High School. She was the first child to bless this happy marriage.
Lewis and Mildred were married January 7, 1926 at Medicine Lodge. They made their home on the Balding place, where Lewis was born, and they still live there.
To this union was born five girls and one boy. Betty, (married Larry Fleming now deceased, they had one son Larry Ralph (married Debbie Hudson), and a daughter, Debbie Dawn; Dorothy (married R.C. Phillips), they have a daughter Cynthia Sue (married Henry Wood), daughter Sherri Lynn, and a son Ralph Charles); Barbara, (married Terry Neal, and their children are Linda Lou (married David Masters), Mike Allen, and Lisa Marie); Jane, (married Norman Mills, and they have two sons Jeffery Lewis and David Allen); Jo works in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Lewis Ervin, married Dianne Fliginger, and they have a son Steven Lewis and a daughter Julie Marie.