Elynor Forster

b. 24 August 1920, d. 14 September 1990
  • The following appeared in The Nagara Falls Gazette: [Born] At Memorial Hospital . . . To Mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther, 635 Jefferson avenue, June 8, a son.
  • Elynor Forster was born on 24 August 1920 in Mississippi.
  • Lyson Forster applied for a passport in New York, New York, on 27 May 1921, to be accompanied by her minor daughter Elynor, for the purpose of visiting relatives in France, Switzerland, Italy & Gibralter, leaving New York on 4 June 1921 aboard the SS Mongolia. Passport was issued 1 June 1921.
  • Louise Lyson Bulgheroni and Elynor Forster arrived in the Port of New York on 17 October 1921, aboard the SS Berengaria, having depared Cherbourg, France on the 11th, address in St. Louis, Missouri, 4935 McPherson Avenue.
  • The following appeared on 1 October 1922 in The St. Louis Star: Mrs. Minnie Forster of 4933 McPherson avenue has as her guest her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Otto M. Forster, and her baby daughter. Mrs. Otto Forster was formerly Mlle. Lyson Boulgheroni of Monte Carlo. She met Lieut. Commander Forster during his service overseas in the late war. The visitors will remain two months.
  • Louise Lyson Bulgheroni arrived in the Port of New York on 26 April 1926, accompanied by Elynor Forster, Lyson Muriel Forster aboard the SS Leviathan, having departed Cherbourg, France, on the 20th. Washington, DC, address 3812 Warren Street.
  • Louise Lyson Bulgheroni arrived in the Port of New York on 8 July 1927, accompanied by Elynor Forster, Lyson Muriel Forster aboard the SS George Washington, having departed Cherbourg, France, on 30 June. Washington, DC, address 3812 Warren Street.
  • The following appeared on 27 March 1934 in The Seattle Daily Times: To join her husband, Commander Otto M. Forster, in New York City, Mrs. Forster, daughter of Commandeur Franz Bulgheroni and the Marquise Elynor Blank de la Salette, sailed from Seattle Saturday on the Ruth Alexander for Los Angeles, to board the S. S. President Hoover for the voyage through the Panama Canal.
         Mrs. Forster's father built the famous Casino at Monte Carlo, the hotels and villas of the principality and for several years was president of the colony there. Mrs. Forster, who speaks seven languages and pilots an airplane, was a schoolmate in the convent she attended in Munich, of the Empress Zita of Bourbon Parma, sister-in-law of the assassinated Archduke Ferdinand, when the empress was still a princess. Two years of her life Mrs. Forster spent in the royal castle of Nymphenburg, Munich, Bavaria.
         Commander and Mrs. Forster met and were married in France, and have two daughters, Elynor and Muriel, who spent three years with their mother in the Orient and now are visiting their grandmother in St. Louis, Mo. Commander Forster has been ordered to the War College at Newport, R. I.
  • Otto Marquard Forster and Louise Lyson Bulgheroni appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Seattle, King County, Washington, at 4505 East 33rd Street. Other members of the household included Elynor Forster, Lyson Muriel Forster. Also in the household were a maid and a houseboy. In 1935, the family was living in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • The following appeared on 11 April 1940 in The Seattle Daily Times: The two daughters of the man who designed and built the world-famous Casino at Monte Carlo--Mrs. Otto M. Forster, wife of Comdr. Otto M. Forster, U. S. Navy, of Seattle, and her sister, Mlle. Lyane Blanc de la Salette Bulgheroni if Monte Carlo and Paris--were gay in a reunion today at the Laurelhurst home of the Forsters.
         Mlle. Bulgheroni, an authoress, was here after a 7,000-mile journey across war-infested waters and the peaceful United States, just because she wanted "to see my sister, my brother-in-law, my two beautiful nieces."
         The two sisters last were together eight months ago in Monte Carlo after the death of their famous father, Sir Franz Bulgheroni, who not only built the Casino, but also the hotels and villas of the principality, and who for several years was president of the Monte Carlo colony.
         "That was a sad occasion and there was no enjoyment, but this is a gay time," said Mlle. bulgheroni. "Now there is only the war to cloud our gaiety, and I have promised myself I would not think about the war all during my journey."
         But, fresh from the darkened street of Paris, and fresh from the gray-painted nameless steamer Champlain, she could not forget the war entirely.
         "Paris is a different Paris today from that we wish to remember," Mlle. Bulgheroni explained, "and the usual pleasant voyage here is just a means of transportation now.
         "the vessel carried no flags nor name. She was gray. Her windows were painted blue. There was no light at night. One could not even smoke. We could not tell our position. We zig-zagged. We took nine days to cross. It was not pleasant and I have no horror of the war.
         "But many have. There were only sixteen other first-class passengers, and the Champlain normally carries 300.
         "In Paris, too, there are no lights. Each pedestrian carries his small electric lamp, and when he crosses the street, he waves it, hopes he will not be struck. Vehicles carry only a small light."
         A peculiar effect of the war is the regulation regarding sounding automobile horns.
         "Before the war, we could not klaxon after 9 at night," the visitor explained. "Now we must klaxon at night, but must not expose lights."
         Mlle. Bulgheroni flew via United Air Lines across the nation. This was astonishing to her.
         "All commercial and private flying is banned in France," she pointed out. She is a member of the Women's Air Club of France, which is dormant because of the war.
         Authoress of learned works on feminine psychology, Mlle. Bulgheroni will remain at least a month in Seattle, perhaps longer. She is at the home of the Forsters, 4505 E. 33rd St.
         Commdr. Forster is head of the Seattle Bureau of Hydrographics. He and Mrs. Forster, who met and married in France, have two daughters, Elynor, 19 years old, and Muriel, 17, students at the University of Washington and Roosevelt High School, respectively.
  • She married Fletcher Locke Brown Jr. on 5 July 1940 in King County, Washington, at Bachelor Officers' Quarters, Seattle Naval Air Station, by license issued the 1st, with Rev. J. P. Murphy officiating. The marriage was witnessed by Lyson Muriel Forster.
  • The following appeared on 30 April 1942 in The Coronado Journal: The christening of the young son of Capt. Fletcher Locke Brown, U.S.M.C., and Mrs. Brown, was solemnized at Sacred Heart church, Coronado, on Saturday afternoon and attended by family and a few friends. The baby is Lance Locke Marquard Brown, born September 30, in Honolulu. Godmother is the baby's aunt, Miss Muriel France Forster, and the Godfather, Capt. Desmond Canavon, U.S.M.C. Following the christening a surprise party was given in honor of the young parents a the home of Mrs. Brown's parents, Capt. M. Forster, U.S.N. and Mrs.. Forster, 735 Margarita-ave.
  • Elynor Forster became a widow at the 1942 death of her husband Fletcher Locke Brown Jr.
  • She married Jack Gaylord Guenther, son of Gaylord Stephen Guenther and Mary Ethel Sierk, on 4 April 1946.
  • The following appeared on 26 December 1964 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Miss Nancy Liersch Engaged. Mr. and Mrs. George H. Liersch, 2931 Weston Ave., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Nancy Liersch, to Lance Locke Marquard Brown, son of Mrs. Jac, G. Guenther, 962 Rankine Road, and the late Maj. R. [sic] Locke Brown.
         Miss Liersch is a graduate of Niagara Falls High School, the Conservatory of Music of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and the Mozarteum Academy of Music and Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria.
         She is the organist and youth choir director at First Presbyterian Church and associate teacher of pianoforte with the Harold Bradley Institute.
         Mr. Brown, a graduate of DeVeaux School, attended Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., and is a pre-ministerial student at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa.
         The wedding will be solemnized Aug. 7.
  • The following appeared on 23 May 1970 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Lance L. M. Brown will be ordained into the Christian ministry at a service of worship Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, 311 First St., at 4 p.m.
         Officiating clergy will be the Rev. James Westhafer, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, and moderator of the Presbytery of Western New York, assisted by the Rev. a. Russell Stevenson, the Rev. Carl H. Lenz and the Rev. Hans Klee.
         Mr. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther, 962 Rankine Road, this city, and the late Marine Corps Maj. Fletcher Locke Brown Jr., is the first young man who has grown up in the First presbyterian Church here to be ordained in the church in more than 60 years.
         A DeVeaux School graduate, mr. Brown received his bachelor's degree from Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1966. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Conferred on him the degrees of bachelor of divinity in 1969 and the master of theology in 1970. He was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
         He will become assistant minister in Beulah Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, where he will be in general charge of church education and in direct association with junior and senior high youth.
         Mr. Brown and his wife, the former Nancy J. Liersch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Liersch, 2931 Weston Ave., and a well-known organist and musician, will reside with their infant son Eric, at 104 Dauntless Drive, Pittsburgh, after June 1.
         A reception will follow the ordination and will be sponsored by the Women's Association of the church and the hospitality committee of the Church Session. Mrs. Melving Dashineau is chairman.
  • The following appeared on 18 August 1970 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Wallens, 922 Lafayette Ave., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Bonni-Sue Wallens, to Jack G. Guenther, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack. G. Guenther, 962 Rankine Road.
         Miss Wallens is a graduate of Stella Niagara High School and attends Niagara Community College, majoring in social science and humanities.
         Mr. Guenther is a 1969 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and attends Niagara University, majoring in engineering.
         A December 1972 wedding is planned.
  • The following appeared on 30 June 1983 in the Tonawanda News: Happy Birthday! . . . Jaclyn Lyane Guenther, daughter of mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther Jr. of North Tonawanda, first birthday on July 5. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther of Niagara Falls and Mrs. Norman Hardy of North Tonawanda.
  • Jack Gaylord Guenther became a widower at her death.
  • Elynor Forster died on 14 September 1990 at age 70 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at her residence.
  • She was interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, Wyoming County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 15 September 1990 in The Buffalo News: Elynor F. Guenther , 70, a former American Red Cross volunteer, died Friday (Sept. 14, 1990) in her home after a lengthy illness.
         A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church, 311 Rainbow Blvd.
         A Niagara Falls resident for more than 40 years, she had lived in many areas of the world, including Pearl Harbor at the time of the surprise Japanese attack that plunged the United States into World War II.
         At that time, Mrs. Guenther 's first husband, Maj. Fletcher L. Brown Jr., was stationed there as a Marine pilot. He was killed a year later in fighting at Guadalcanal.
         Mrs. Guenther, a native of Jackson, Miss., was involved with several Niagara Falls organizations and events, including the LaSalle Children's Field Day and the Maid of the Mist Festival. As a Red Cross volunteer, she worked with the blood bank and at Veterans Hospital, Buffalo.
         She was a former member of the Niagara Falls Weavers, a craft club, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
         Survivors include her husband, Jack G. Guenther; three sons, the Rev. Lance L. M. Brown of Purcellville, Va., Jack G. Guenther Jr. of North Tonawanda, and Otto F. Guenther of New Castle, Del; a daughter, Lyane Marie Klein of the City of Tonawanda, and four grandchildren.
  • A single grave marker identifies the graves of Jack Gaylord Guenther and Elynor Forster.
  • Last Edited: 1 Sep 2016

Family 1: Fletcher Locke Brown Jr. b. circa 1914, d. 1942

Family 2: Jack Gaylord Guenther b. 9 May 1918, d. 27 February 2009