Elgin Lawrence Lester

3 July 1908–16 March 2001 (Age 92)
Penokee, Graham, Kansas, United States

The Life of Elgin Lawrence

When Elgin Lawrence Lester was born on 3 July 1908, in Penokee, Graham, Kansas, United States, his father, Luther Lester, was 28 and his mother, Pearl Bell Stancliff, was 26. He married Rita Berjetta Sickels on 5 July 1926, in Smith Center, Smith, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Lane, Oregon, United States in 1930 and Eugene Election Precinct 1, Lane, Oregon, United States in 1940. He died on 16 March 2001, in Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elgin Lawrence Lester
Rita Berjetta Sickels
Marriage: 5 July 1926
David Lawrence Lester
Stanley Dale Lester
Patricia Grace Lester

Spouse and Children

5 July 1926
Smith Center, Smith, Kansas, United States


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1909 · Garden of the Gods Park

Age 1

In 1879, railroad tycoon, Charles Elliott Perkins bought 240 acres whrere The Garden of the Gods is located, and planned to use it as a summer home. Perkins died in 1907 before he could establish it as a public park. Perkin's children donated the now 480 acres to the city of Colorado Springs, to become a public park.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 27

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from Leicester, named in Old English from the tribal name Ligore (itself adapted from a British river name) + Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’).2 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Lestre in Normandy.3 English and Scottish: variant of Lister .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Eligin (Les) Lester, 1919

In September of 1919 Elgin was invited to to to a fair in Animas City, Colorado by Flip Shallis a neighbor boy, two years older. Having no money to pay his own way and it being a school day, his fath …

Sources (3)

  • Elgin Lister in household of Luther Lister, "Kansas State Census, 1925"
  • Elgin Lester in household of Luther Lester, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Elgin C Lester, "United States Census, 1930"

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