Hawthorne (Nev), July 8 - Lester Bell, 63, died Wednesday morning at his home in Hawthorne. Mr. Bell, who had made his home in this community since early this year had been in failing health for several years.
Born in the famous camp of Bodie, Mr. Bell spent most of his life there, and was employed at several of the mines as a hoist engineer. During the war he moved to the coast and was employed by Bethlehem Steel. A few months ago he and Mrs. Bell moved to Hawthorne to make their home after his daughter and family had moved here to reside.
In addition to his widow, Mr. Bell is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Olive McCoy of Hawthorne and Mrs. Warren Lewis of Yerington, two sons, Robert Bell of Bodie, and Lester Bell jr., who is in Arizona on a construction job at the present time. Also two brothers, William Bell of Oakland, Calif., and Earl Bell of Bridgeport, Calif., a sister living in the east and several grandchildren. (Reno Evening Gazette, 7/8/1950)
***** The following was originally entered by Lonnie DeCloedt who established this memorial:
He managed the Standard Mill in its later years.
Known as "Honest Old Lester," he was considered so honest that people said no matter how much gold passed through his hands, none of it stuck.