Lewis Leroy King was educated in Napa College, from which he was graduated. He also attended McClure's Academy in Oakland, and was later graduated from Heald's Business College in San Francisco. After finishing his general education, he read law; and in the early days at Cherry Glenn, now within the corporate limits of Roseville, he was frequently called upon to decide in legal matters for the earl settlers.
He established an orchard ("Cherry Glen") south of Roseville with of 11,000 fruit trees, consisting of cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, almonds and figs. This area is now known as the Cherry Glenn Addition to Roseville. He also set out forty acres, known as the Elm Court Subdivision, to table grapes. In 1890 he built his beautiful residence, Elm Court, which has since been the family home of the Kings.
Mr. King established the first real-estate and insurance business in Roseville, and was a prime mover in the organization of the Roseville Telephone Company, and acted as the first secretary of the organization. He became well-known and prominent, and could be depended upon to help in all matters pertaining to the advancement of his community.
He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church at Roseville; he gave of his means and time to the building of their house of worship, and served as superintendent of the Sunday School for many years. He also donated two lots for the Methodist Episcopal Mission Church in Roseville.
Mrs. (Annie) King was also active in the Presbyterian Church and prominent in social-and civic affairs, she also belongs to the Women of Woodcraft and to Rose Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She has served as vice-president of the Women's Improvement Club of Roseville, and declined the nomination to act as its president. In politics she is a Republican, and a stanch supporter of prohibition. She is. interested in all that pertains to Roseville and its advancement, and can be counted upon to give liberally to all well-directed movements for its further development.
She was known for ringing a large bell from their home at Elm Court every new years.
The bell currently resides in the Carnegie Museum on Lincoln St.
Source: History of Placer and Nevada Cos.