Mound Township - Lewis C. Eichler was born in St. Charles County, Missouri, December 27,
1836. George and Margaret (Weems) Eichler, his parents, who were natives of Germany, were
married in Baltimore in 1832. While Lewis was young the family came to Lafayette County,
where he lived till 1856, then settling in Bates County, where he purchased his tract of land.
After stopping here for four years he returned to Lafayette County, and at the outbreak of the
civil war served in Claib. Jackson's State Guard for several months. In August, 1862, he
enlisted at Fayetteville, Arkansas, in General Price's Division, under Parsons, and participated
in the fights at Lone Jack, Drywood, Prairie Grove, Cane Hill, and Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, and
when the end came he surrendered at Shreveport, Louisiana. Mr. Eichler was married, May 18,
1876, to Miss Sarah J. Early, daughter of John Early, of Lafayette County. They have two
children, Lucy Lee and George Harry. In 1880, Mr. Eichler returned to Bates County, and has
since endeavored to improve his farm. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)