Family Motto

Taken from Orthez City Hall, 1994

Toques si Gaouses, touch it if you dare, is taken from an inscription on the tower of the ancient bridge in Orthez, Lower Pyrenees, France, that Pierre used for the American family motto when he moved from France in 1860.

This is the stained glass window that was commissioned in 1929 by Frederic, Pierre’s son, to be installed in the fancy house that he was just completing when the stock market crashed. He lost most of his money in the crash. However, he was able to retire to Ventnor on the Jersey shore, where he died in 1951 at the age of 79.