Lester Ellis Gunter

9 May 1907–16 April 1987 (Age 79)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Lester Ellis

When Lester Ellis Gunter was born on 9 May 1907, in Illinois, United States, his father, Burt Dennis Gunter, was 31 and his mother, Mary Corine Voyles, was 20. He married Evelyn Mary Laundroche on 16 April 1927, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. He lived in Pitman Township, Montgomery, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1964. He died on 16 April 1987, in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, United States, at the age of 79.

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Lester Ellis Gunter
Evelyn Mary Laundroche
Marriage: 16 April 1927

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16 April 1927
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

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World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1909 · The Ford Building

Age 2

The Ford Building was one of the first high-rises to use a steel structural support system. It stands at 23 stories in total height and it held the title as tallest building in Detroit from 1908 until 1913.
1928 · The Detroit Zoo

Age 21

"The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo didn't officially open until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around the front. A polar bear leaped from the moat in the den and stood directly in front of Nagel. Unaware how precarious his situation was, Nagel stuck out his hand and walked toward the polar bear joking, """"He's the reception committee. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America with cage-less exhibits and the first zoo to no longer keep elephants because of the harsh winters causing psychological stress on them."

Name Meaning

German (also Gunther, Günt(h)er) and English: from the Germanic personal name Gunter (Old French Gontier), composed of the elements gund ‘battle’ + hari, heri ‘army’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lester E Gunter in household of Bert D Gunter, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Lester E Gunter in household of Burt D Gunter, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lester in entry for Burt D Gunter Raymond, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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