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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Old Timer
BORN c. 1864 (Fought out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania HEIGHT 5-6 WEIGHT 135-155 lbs
Jester was a finely-built young man; He had a way of twisting around and showing only his left side to an opponent; Then, he turned quickly and delivered a hard right (see the Philadelphia (Pa) Item, 6/27/89); He toured in his vaudeville show, performed as a boxer and gave lectures on general health as a "Teacher of the science of Manly Art and Physical Culture and Natural Development"
Louis defeated such men as Harry Umlah, Tom Clark, Frank Allen and Harry Cortright1886 Aug 14 Sam McDonald Rockaway Beach, NY D 3 -Police intervened Aug 29 -Jester lost a boat race to Samuel Schultz at Rockaway Beach, NY (The course was 2 3/4 miles from Eldert's Dock to the Seaside Dock and back) Sep 3 -Jester was scheduled to race a boat against Thomas Kinsey for $250 Sep 4 Frank Allen Rockaway Beach, NY WF 9 Oct 11 Dan Custy Rockaway Beach, NY L 6 -Reports vary - "LK 6" - "LT 6" - "L 5" - "L 3"; Some sources report "Long Island City, NY"; Some sources report 10/09/1886 Nov Paddy Smith SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known 1887 Jan 17 Jack Murray Brooklyn, NY KO 3 -Some sources report 01/15/1887 1889 Mar 1 -Jester refereed the Charles O'Neil-William Symmonds bout at Brooklyn, NY Apr -Jester was called the Lightweight Champion of Ohio Apr 24 Gordon Hughestown, Pa LK 5 May 10 Harry Umlah near Falls, Pa WF 10 -Some sources report "Buttermilk Falls, Pa" (near Pittston, Pa on a bank of the Susquehanna); Some sources report "L 10" Jun 25 Harry Umlah Binghamton, NY L 6 -Police intervened Sep 23 -Jester was located now in Wilkes-Barre, Pa; He set up a gymnasium there 1890 Jul 15 E. Marsolis W 3 1891 Oct 28 Harry Cortright Wilkes-Barre, Pa KO 9 -Some sources report "Harry Court" 1892 May 3 McCarthy Wilkes-Barre, Pa SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known; Some sources report "Apr 1892"; Some sources report that the fight did not take place Dec 3 -Jester wanted to fight Johnny Reagan at 142 lbs 1893 Apr 25 Tom Clark Nanticoke, Pa KO 15 1894 Oct 25 Billy Dacey Nanticoke, Pa ND 10 -Jester lasted and claimed the win Undated (prior to March 3 1895) Thomas Cavanaugh Wilkes-Barre, Pa L 8 1895 Apr "Australian" Billy Smith Eddy, NM LK 6 May 23 Harry Cortright Binghamton, NY KO 3 Jul Jimmy Kennard near Binghamton, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known 1898 Mar 7 -Jester is described as a teacher of boxing and physical culture and giver of messages; He brought suit against the Elvira (NY) Telegram for saying he had deserted his wife and was living in luxury while she was suffering untold agony of mind and body Jul 1 Tom Sharkey Middletown, NY EX 2 -Some sources report "LK 1" but it appears this was an exhibition match; It was part of Louis Jester's vaudeville show; The bout lasted for "two half-minute rounds;" Mr. Jester lost over $100 by the venture and had the public patronized the show, a good performance would have been given (see the Middletown (NY) Daily Argus, July 2 1898) *** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed *** 1898 May 31 Tom Sharkey Middletown, NY LK 1 *** Photo Provided By William Schutte ***