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Pierre Celestin "Lester" Faivre
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1853
Bern, Switzerland
Death: Aug. 13, 1938
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

From "The Pierre Gerardy Family in America" by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979:

Lester Faivre was born November 3D, 1853, at Courtemaiche, Canton Berne, Switzerland. He was the son of [Pierre] Joseph Faivre who was born February 11, 1808, and died July 26, 1889. Joseph married Julie Crave who died in 1873 at Clay Center, Kansas . Lester came to America with his parents and his youngest sister, Thereise Hess, arriving at Utica , LaSalle County, Ill. In September 1871 they went on to Clay County, Kansas. Lester's brothers and sisters were: Marie, Philomen, John, August, Julie, Adele and a brother also named Lester who died at the age of one year.

Lester Faivre was born Pierre Celestin Faivre, but he changed his name when he came to America in 1870. His father, Pierre Joseph Faivre, took out declaration papers for naturalization on October 16, 1871, but never completed the necessary steps to become a citizen. Lester voted in all elections and didn't find out he was not a citizen until 1935. He was terribly worried that . This breaking of the law would keep him from becoming a citizen on his own, but he applied for citizenship and received it on December 19, 1936, at the age of eighty-three.

On Nov. 2, 1881, Lester married Anna Gerardy, daughter of Peter and Caroline (Christel) Gerardy, at Peach Grove, [Clay County], KS. In a letter his father-in-law Peter Gerardy wrote to his brother, Gabriel, on Dec. 24, 1881, he said, "Anna has been married since November 2 with a Frenchman. I believe that she made a good marriage. He is a good workman and a good farmer. He has a fine farm, 5 horses and all the machinery a farmer needs." Note that Peter called Lester a "Frenchman," though he was born in Switzerland--probably because Lester spoke French and because the Faivre family moved from Switzerland to France before corning to America. Lester's father Joseph Faivre made his home with Lester and Anna until his death in 1889.

While his wife Anna was still a bride and pregnant with their first child, Lester was trying to harness a fractious horse. In the melee, the horse kicked Lester in the face. So severe were his injuries that he was not expected to live, so the doctor did not even set his broken nose. Lester lost the sight in his left eye, but recovered to continue farming and lived to become eighty-four years of age.

Lester made a trip back to France and Switzerland in 1913 to visit old friends, relatives and the Swiss watch factory where he worked before coming to America. In 1914 they moved to California for the sake of Anna's health, finally settling in San Diego. He died August 13, 1938, at San Diego.
Family links: 
  Pierre Joseph Faivre (1809 - 1889)
  Julie Faivre (1814 - 1873)
  Anna Gerardy Faivre (1861 - 1948)*
  Leonie Bertha Faivre Giles (1882 - 1962)*
  Adrian Lawrence Faivre (1885 - 1955)*
  Caroline Marie Faivre Wood (1891 - 1983)*
*Calculated relationship
Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Aug 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95239478
Pierre Celestin Lester Faivre
Added by: Darrell Brown
Pierre Celestin Lester Faivre
Added by: Darrell Brown
Pierre Celestin Lester Faivre
Added by: Darrell Brown
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