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    Walter LeFevre. In presenting, in these volumes, the lives of such men of Miami county, who have, deserved well of their fellow- citizens, the biographer should not forget those who, although unobtrusive in their everyday life, yet by their individuality and force of character assisted in advancing in every way the interests of the community in which they live. In an extended search it would be difficult to find one who better than Walter Le Fevre gave substantial proof of the wisdom of Lincoln, when he said, "There is something better than, making a living, Making a life." Seemingly with a realization of this great truth he labored persistently and energetically, not only to win success but to make his life a source of benefit to his fellow men. By his own honorable exertions and moral attributes, he carved out for himself a place among the most prominent and substantial citizens of his county. Kind-hearted, generous, always sympathetic for the frailties of others, possessed of a never failing fount of good humor, no man in this community could claim more friends or fewer enemies than he whose name is the caption of this review. Le Fevre has been a distinguished name in American history from the earliest settlement of the country and no generation since then has been without its leading citizens of this cognomen. In the past the name has had various spellings, but "Le Fevre" is now of general usage in America as well as France and England. The coat of arms is thus described: The body of the shield in black, a trefoil slipper is in gold in the upper right and left corners; the chevron across the center is in silver beneath which is a maltese cross in gold. Then we have below this a bazant in gold representing a gold coin. The motto is "Sans Changes," meaning "without change." The crest is exquisite in design, the trunk of a tree couped and eradicated in fess; between the branches, growing from the trunk, is the flower of France, the Fleur de Lis. The first of the name of Le Fevre, of which our subject is a descendant, to reach America's shores was Isaac Le Fevre, who landed in New York State in 1708. The LeFevres of France numbered among them, the Duke of Dantzia, Francois Joseph Le Fevre, who was one of Napoleon's greatest generals, and Shaw Le Fevre, of England, who was a member of the House of Lords. Among those of American history, was Hipolyte LeFevre, of Salem, N. J., who was in 1676 a member of the Famous Council of John Fenwick. Andres and Simon Le Fevre signed the Treaty of May 26, 1677, with the Indian Sachems of New York. Among the others was George Le Fevre, of Revolutionary renown, Col. Daniel Le Fevre of the War of 1812; Major John F. Reynolds killed in the battle of Gettysburg in July, i863; Admiral W. S. Schley, and many others of the LeFevres have filled prominent places in civil life. (1) Isaac Le Fevre, the emigrant who died in 1736, had married Catherine Fierre, and to them were born six children: Abraham, Philip, Daniel, Mary, Esther and Samuel. (II) Daniel, to whom our subject traced his ancestry, was born on his. father's farm, in the Pequea valley, March 29, 1713, and married in 1738, Mary Cathean. To them were born eight children: Christian, Mary, Catherine, Elias, David, Esther and Daniel, and a boy who died in infancy. (III) Christian, who was born near Frederick, Md., June 12 , I786, and married in 1808 Jessie Maloy. To this union were born thirteen children: Sarah, John.. Elizabeth, Minor, Naomi, Amy, Reason, James, Alfred, Cyrus, Christian, Solomon and Mary. (IV) Cyrus was born in 1824 and died in 1894. He married Caroline Babb, after whose death he married her sister, Minerva Babb. To the first union were born three children: our subject, Walter Le Fevre and his brother Frank, whose biography appears on other pages in these volumes, and one died in infancy (a son who was the second in order of birth). (V) Walter Le Fevre was born on the same farm as his father July 23, 1857, a son of Cyrus and Caroline (Babb) Le Fevre, previously referred to. He was educated in the Staunton township district school. After laying aside his text books, Mr. Le Fevre assisted his father on the home farm until the latter's death. The farm then came into his possession and Mr. LeFevre engaged here in general farming until March, 1900. On the seventeenth day of September, 1884, Walter Le Fevre was united in marriage with Miss, Eva Campbell, a daughter of Robert and Sarah (Wellinger) Campbell, and they remained on the farm until March, 1900, when they moved to Troy, and here Mr. Le Fevre passed away March 20, 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Le Fevre were the parents of a son, Vernon, who is connected with The Troy National Bank and whose biography succeeds this. In concluding this review of the life of Mr. Le Fevre it may be said that he lived a fine life and lived it well, and he was happiest when busiest. In any relation and in any emergency he was prompt and dependable. He had confidence and courage and he was always ready to meet any obligations. He had a clear conception of things and the right regard for what was best in the exercise of human activities. With all the elements of a strong character in all his relations of life, business, public and personal, he measured up to the highest standard of a loving husband, a noble father and a splendid citizen. Vernon Campbell Le Fevre was born on the farm that has been in possession of his family for 115 years, July 12, 1886, the son of Walter L. Le Fevre. He attended the district school and Troy High School, graduating with the class of 1904. He entered the business world in the Troy National Bank in 1903, as an accountant, and was promoted to the position of teller in 1913, which work he is still continuing. Mr. Le Fevre is affiliated with the Masonic order, being a member of the Blue lodge, chapter, council and cornmandery, and is a past officer in the Franklin lodge No. 14 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is active in other Masonic organizations. He was married June 23, 1907, to Edna Harr, daughter of Juel and Louisa Phillipi Harr. Juel Harr was a former clothing merchant of Troy, now deceased. Two sons were born to Vernon and Edna LeFevre: Richard K., and Frederick C. Mr. Le Fevre is a Republican and takes an active interest in politics. He is a member of the first Presbyterian church.

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