Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lester Lewis Atkinson (1926-1993)

Lester was born to Lester Esaias and Hazel Samantha Graffius Atkinson in New York. He lived in Elmira, New York during his lifetime. He was an air conditioning electrician and a loving husband to Marjorie Lucille Cole who he met after serving with her father, Douglas, on the USS Gainard during WWII.

Lester and Marjorie were married in Central Methodist Church in Endicott, NY at 8pm in a candlelight Service (they were common at the time, a reception was held afterwards). They took their honeymoon in the Arlington Hotel in Binghamton, NY, borrowed a car and traveled to Montrose, PA the next morning. Along the way they ran out of gas (a trick played on them by Marjorie's brother Doug).

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