Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind01259
  • Name: Lester Thomas FONDA
  • Given Name: Lester Thomas
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 OCT 1897 in Osage, Mitchell Co., IA 1
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  • Death: 09 MAY 1935
  • Age: 37y 6m 26d in Keokuk, Lee Co., IA
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  • Burial: 11 MAY 1935 Keokuk National Cemetery, Lee Co., IA 1
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    b. Osage, Mitchell Co., IA; 1900 US Federal Census, Osage, Mitchell Co., IA; 1905 Iowa State Census (Lester T Fonda, Burr Oak, Mitchell Co., IA); 1915 Iowa State Census (Lester T Fonda, 17, Single, Osage, Mitchell Co., IA, b. IA, parents b. IA/IA); 1920 US Federal Census, Ames, Story Co., IA; 1930 US Federal Census, Keokuk, Lee Co., IA; d. Keokuk, Lee Co., IA; bur. Keokuk National Cemetery, Lee Co., IA; (Plot: D, 1015); [WWI Enlistee, 01/09/1918 - 12/20/1918, Construction Contractor, 163rd Depot Brigade, aircraft mechanic, honorable discharge Dec. 20, 1918]; [R049] Lineage of William Henry Fonda (1829-1926) >> <<

    [Lester T. Fonda, son of Mrs. Anna Fonda, passed away at a Keokuk (IA) hospital after an illness of several weeks. He became ill with pleurisy in April, from which complications developed, and was taken to the hospital April 21, where he underwent an operation, which seemingly was successful. However, he never recovered from the ordeal, and two weeks later passed away. His mother was with him during the last three weeks of his life. Lester was born October 13, 1897, on a farm east of Osage (now the Burton Stacy place), the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Fonda. He spent his boyhood in Osage, attended the local schools, and was graduated with the class of 1915. H was an active, attractive boy, popular with his schoolmates, and made a good record in school activities, including football and basketball. Following his graduation he worked at the Lohr & Champion furniture store, and later bought the Osage Vulcanizing works from Walton Morrison. He operated the latter place until the evening he left for Waterloo, where he enlisted for service in the World War, and was sent to Jefferson Barracks. His detachment was No. 6, 163rd D.B., and he was a mechanic on a bombing plane. He received his honorable discharge December 20, 1918, at Camp Dodge, and returned to Osage. Lester worked for a short time at Milwaukee, and at Wausau, WI, then he returned home and with his mother and his sister, Lola, and brother William, moved to Ames, where the three young people entered the state college. He completed two years of his course, and was affiliated with Lambda Chi Alpha, a national fraternity. Leaving college, he became a partner in a contracting business at Keokuk that is known all over that part of IA, as "Atteberg & Fonda." He has erected many important buildings in Keokuk and vicinity, also many beautiful homes. Some time ago he became associated with the firm of Cameron & Joyce, and was their assistant superintendent. When he was taken ill he was supervising a construction project in Joliet, IL. His wife was formerly Bess Caruthers, of Farmington, IA, and they are parents of a daughter, Marjory Ann, 7 years of age. Another child died at birth. Surviving besides the wife and daughter are his mother, Mrs. Anna Fonda, who lives with her mother, Mrs. Martha Doudna, Osage; his sister, Mrs. Newman Lyle, of Sheldon, IA; and his brother, William, Ames. Funeral services were held at the Pearson & Schmidt funeral home in Keokuk, and burial made in the National cemetery at that place, with Masonic and military honors.]

    Father: Ray Sheldon FONDA b: 16 APR 1871 in Stacyville, Mitchell Co., IA
    Mother: Anna Thomas CHAMPION b: 21 JUL 1871 in Osage, Mitchell Co., IA

    Marriage 1 Bessie May CAROTHERS b: 11 AUG 1895 in Syracuse, Kosciusko Co., IN
    • Married: 26 MAY 1923 Religious Marriage in Syracuse, Kosciusko Co., IN
    • Note: m. Syracuse, Kosciusko Co., IN
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Ann FONDA b: 25 FEB 1925 in Elkhart, IN
    2. Has No Children Marjorie Anne FONDA b: 28 APR 1928 in Keokuk, Lee Co., IA

    1. Title: Lineage of William Henry Fonda (1829-1926)
      and his wife Julia Anna Sheldon (1834-1911) and their descendants through 1982
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Silver Spring, MD
      Publication Date: 1983
      Issue: F16
      Edition: 23 pgs.
      Author: Fonda, BeverleyG.

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