collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2014.
E. Gest was born on 9 November 1900 in Cleveland, Ohio to Herman and Mary
(Betkey) Gest. After arriving in
Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio Herbert married Beulah L. Freeh on 6 September
1934. He was a sales representative for
over thirty-five years for the Stanley, Van Camp and Quaker Oats Co. The couple also briefly owned “Gest’s Grill”
located at 104 North Front Street in Fremont during the mid-1930s.
was a member of the Acacia Masonic Lodge 651 in Lyndhurst, Ohio; Al Koran
Shrine of Cleveland; Lake Erie Consistory Scottish Rite; and Temple Guard Unit
of the Al Koran Shrine of Cleveland. Herbert E. Gest died on 5 June 1987 at the
age of 86 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont, Ohio.
This collection spans the years from 1896 to 1985
with the bulk of the material dating from the 1930s and 1940s. A majority of the documents pertain to the
family of Herbert Gest and include; birth certificates, baptism records, and
naturalization papers. There are several
newspaper advertisements for “Gest’s Grill” which was owned by Herbert Gest in
the 1930s. The collection also contains
three photographic albums and approximately 75 loose photographs. Only a small portion of the photographs are
identified. A baby bonnet and shirt
belonging to Herbert Gest complete the collection.