Family Motto

Plaque at the Orthez City Hall, 1994

Toques si Gaouses is our family motto, that Pierre adopted from the town motto of his birthplace at Orthez, Lower Pyrenees, France.

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 nearly all 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.