Lester Simon Finster

1896–1977 (Age 80)
Chino, San Bernardino, California, United States

The Life of Lester Simon

When Lester Simon Finster was born on 5 June 1896, in Chino, San Bernardino, California, United States, his father, Jeremiah M Finster, was 27 and his mother, Anna Louise Baker, was 20. He had at least 1 son and 2 daughters with Zula Eakles. He lived in Union Judicial Township, Humboldt, California, United States in 1900 and Coalinga, Fresno, California, United States in 1920. He died on 22 January 1977, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lester Simon Finster
Zula Eakles
Florence Z Finster
Lester Finster
Marjorie Finster

Spouse & Children



  • Florence Z Finster


  • Lester Finster


  • Marjorie Finster


Parents & Siblings

  • Male1868–1950Male

  • Anna Louise Baker




World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 10

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 22

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German finster ‘dark’, ‘gloomy’, or Yiddish fintster(Middle High German vinster). The name may have referred to a person's habitual character, or it may have been acquired as a result of some now irrecoverable anecdote.

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

Sources (3)

  • Lester Finster in household of Robert E Littelle, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Chester S Finster in household of Jeremiah Finster, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Lester Simon Finster, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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