Lewis Victor Finster

1873–1979 (Age 106)
Hartley Township, O'Brien, Iowa, United States

The Life of Lewis Victor

When Lewis Victor Finster was born on 12 October 1873, in Hartley Township, O'Brien, Iowa, United States, his father, Jerome Finster, was 25 and his mother, Ellen N. Finster, was 29. He married Ella Lois Blodgett on 21 May 1899, in Fort Calhoun, Washington, Nebraska, United States. He lived in Calhoun, Washington, Nebraska, United States in 1900. He died on 21 December 1979, in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 106, and was buried in Olivewood Cemetery, Riverside Junction, Riverside, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lewis Victor Finster
Ella Lois Blodgett
Marriage: 21 May 1899

Spouse & Children

21 May 1899
Fort Calhoun, Washington, Nebraska, United States

Parents & Siblings

  • Jerome Finster


  • Female1844–1907Female



  • Nora Finster


  • Edith Dell Finster


  • Male1873–1979Male

  • Male1875–1965Male

  • Chester Conrad Finster


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 11

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 28

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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)

  • Louis Finsten in household of Gerome Finsten, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Louis Finster in household of Jerome Finster, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Louis V Finster in household of Eugene A Blodgett, "United States Census, 1900"

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