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Seaman Lester Fisher
United States Navy
January 1, 1897 - September 27, 1918

   In characterizing the American business man, Clayton S. Cooper
who wrote "American Ideals", said:
   "Strange as it may seem, it is in the person of the American
business man, practical, level-headed, all business, that this current
of the ideal is clearly, often most clearly seen. His big-heartedness
is often in proportion to his blunt directness. Get a bit below the
surface and you will find frequently a nature steeped in sentiment."

   Lester Fisher was the type of business man whose idealism asserted
itself when his country was in distress. He was born in Huntingburg,
Ind., January 1, 1897. When he was five years old. the family moved to
Evansville.  Here he attended Centennial School, and upon the completion
of his work, he began to learn the plumbing trade, but soon took up
a business course at Draughon-Porter Business College. At the age
of nineteen he opened a cigar factory on the North Side, gaining a
reputation as the youngest manufacturer in the city. On June 8, 1918,
he closed his business to enter the service of his country. He enlisted
in the navy, and went to the Great Lakes Training Station.

  He was there only a few weeks when he fell a victim to the Spanish
Influenza. His father went to see him, but the rigid enforcement
of the quarantine enabled him to see his boy but a short time. Fisher
died September 27, 1918, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
October 25, 1998