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Name Syford, Lester Corwin, 1885-1952
Born 06/23/1885
Birthplace USA: Nebraska (Lancaster)
Places of residence USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Father DeWitt N. Syford
Mother Amanda O. Syford
Education University of Nebraska Liberal Arts College
Notes All history taken from a research paper titled "The Lewis-Syford House" written by Annette Parde December 11, 2002. The paper is located in the Syford donor files.

An excerpt from the paper:
"Ethel's only brother was Lester Corwin. He was born on June 23, 1885 probably on the family farm, where he spent much of his life. He graduated high school and went on to receive an A.B. degree from the University of Nebraska's Liberal Arts College. After three more years of studying, he obtained his law degree in 1910. After passing the bar, the Lincoln firm Rerse, Gilkesom, Comstock and Reese hired him. During his tenure at the firm, he unsuccessfully bid as a Progressive Party candidate to the state legislature in 1914. A year later, he left the law firm and worked alongside his father on the family farm. According to letters written by Lester to his family, he spent short periods in the Humboldt area selling books and working as a farm hand to whoever needed the help.

"He was a man whose heart belonged to agriculture, even to his death on February 5, 1952. In his last hours, he told the nurse, 'I see a picture of a beautiful vista-a valley-a meadow of grass with a herd of Angus cattle grazing near a stream. I have been raising cattle for twenty-five years.' Others noticed this love as was evident in an editorial: 'Lester Syford never was happier than when he was looking over his herd, surveying the growing fields, or drawing strength and serenity from the strength of good, rich black dirt. Either a man loves the soil, or he does not...That is the glory of Nebraska in its predominately agricultural strength. It produces a type of character in man-an inherent honesty and forthrightness-qualities of consideration, fairness, and tolerance...Lester Syford moved quietly and unpretentiously among his neighbors and his friends, the doer of good, a thoughtful fine citizen who asked no recognition for himself in a life of humility and service.'"

Excerpt from the Nebraska State Historical Society Archives collection record:
"Lester Corwin Syford was born in 1886. He received the BA from the University of Nebraska in 1907, and the LL. B in 1910. Mr. Syford was admitted to the Nebraska bar, and practiced for about five years before joining his father in the cattle business. He was unsuccessful in a bid as a Progressive Party candidate to the state legislature in 1914. Lester Syford became a prominent figure in the cattle business, maintaining the enterprises begun by his father. He remained in the business until illness forced him to retire in December 1951, and he died a bachelor in early 1952."
Occupation Lawyer with Rerse, Gilkesom, Comstock, and Reese in Lincoln, NE; Cattle farmer; Book seller
Relationships Siblings Ethel Corrine Syford and Constance Miriam Syford
Deceased 02/05/1952
Deceased where USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln

Associated Records

Image of RG0797.AM - RG0797 Syford Family

RG0797.AM - RG0797 Syford Family

The Syford family collection consists of forty-seven manuscript boxes of material arranged in eight series: 1) Correspondence, 1856-1965; 2) Business and financial records, 1880-1962; 3) Diaries and journals, 1870-1963; 4) Genealogy and biography; 5) Printed matter; 6) Manuscripts; 7) Organizations; 8) Miscellany. The bulk of this material relates to the business and personal affairs of the Syford family. The business papers relate to farming and to the raising of purebred Aberdeen-Angus steers. There are farm accounts, notations of agricultural expenses, land credits, tax receipts and other associated documents. Correspondence relates to DeWitt N. and Amanda Syford and their ch

Image of 9188-2958 - Envelope, Buy War Bonds and Stamps

9188-2958 - Envelope, Buy War Bonds and Stamps

White envelope addressed to "Lester C. Syford" as part of a campaign to sell war bonds during World War II. The envelope is postmarked "JAN 20 1944" and does not have a stamp. The upper left-hand corner of the envelope reads, "TREASURY DEPARTMENT; WAR SAVINGS STAFF; WASHINGTON D. C.; OFFICIAL BUSINESS" with an image of a minute man inside of a box. Also inside the box are the words, "FOR VICTORY; BUY UNITED STATES WAR BONDS AND STAMPS". This is all printed in blue ink.