Lester Mannis was born in Henry County, Indiana on March 30, 1877. His parents were Isaac Manis and Lucinda Zorns(Zornes) I don't know anything about his life growing up. I really hope I can someday find some personal information on him. He married Cora Gibson on April 1, 1895. I don't know if he met her in the Wayne County area, because her family had spent some time there. Cora's family had moved to Wabash later and most of them were still in Wabash around the time they were married. In looking back I see that Lester's sister married Cora's cousin in 1892, so that is probably how they met. In the 1900 census Cora and Lester were living with Cora's brother James in Wabash. According to the 1910 Census they were living in Richmond and that is where they stayed most of the time after that. Lester and Cora had three children, Ethel, Fred, and Delores. Cora and Lester divorced on Dec 16, 1920.
Lester married Augusta Werts Gable on July 20, 1912. Lester served in World War 1. I haven't gotten a copy of his service record yet. His description is shown on his Draft Registration Form. He was medium height, stout build, had blue eyes and brown hair. He was working as a millwright at Standard Pattern Works in Richmond, Indiana. The card says he was "discharged on account of(unable to read)Collapsed. 11 day of May 1918. His son Fred also served in World War 1.
He continued to work as a millwright at least up until 1933, according to city directories. Lester died until March 9, 1935.
His second wife, Augusta, outlived him by 30 years.