Descendants of P.A. Bonvallet

asparagus label 1The family tree below shows P.A.’s children and grandchildren, none of whom is living.   Click twice on the tree to enlarge it.

P.A. Bonvallet and his wife Louise Josephine Grenet had four sons.  The first two sons, Albert and Paul, were born in France, while Louis and Leon were born in St. Anne, Illinois.

Albert Bonvallet
Albert Bonvallet

Pierre Louis Charles Albert Bonvallet was born July 8, 1856, in Paris.   On September 7, 1864, the family (Albert and Paul had been born) immigrated to New York City.  The next year, the family moved to St. Anne, and in 1868 they bought a house and moved it to Wichert.

Albert married Alice Lavisa Porter (born December 29, 1865, in Mottville, Michigan) on June 29, 1889, at age 32.  He worked in the family business, and inherited one-half the business from his parents.

Albert started the first gladiolus business in the area with C.S. Claussen in 1908.  He continued in this business until his death on May 19, 1929, at age 72, the first of P.A.’s sons to die.  Alice lived until August 2, 1948, living her final years with her son Edgar in St. Anne.

Albert and Alice had seven children, born between 1890 and 1907:

  •  Edgar served in World War I and returned to farming in Illinois.
  •  Marguerite married into the Claussen family and spent her life in Chicago.
  • Harry married  Cecilia Soucie and spent his entire life working at the family business.
  • Maurice married Mabel Sirois and was an engineer and foreman in the family business.  He invented an asparagus cutter.
  • Lillian died of scarlet fever at age 9.
  • Violette married Wilhelm Schoenheider and lived in the Chicago area.
  • Cecil, the youngest, married Beatrice Clabby and spent his career in the U.S. prison system in Kansas and Indiana.  He and Beatrice spent their final years in Spokane with their son James.   Cecil was the last of the children to die, in 1993.
Paul Bonvallet
Paul Bonvallet

Paul was born April 1, 1860, in Paris.  On September 7, 1864, the family (Albert and Paul had been born) immigrated to New York City.  The next year, the family moved to St. Anne, and in 1868 they bought a house and moved it to Wichert.

Paul married Sophie Berger (born January 15, 1870, in nearby Clifton, Illinois) on December 30, 1892, at age 32.  He worked in the family business, inherited one-half the business from his parents, and later became President.  He died December 10, 1941, at age 81.  Sophie lived until February 20, 1950.

Paul and Sophie had five children, born between 1897 and 1911:

  • Vivienne died in infancy in 1897.
  • Paul Jr. worked as an auto mechanic in Wheaton, Illinois, and died in the flu epidemic of 1918 while in the Army.
  • Armand married Viola Soucie and worked in the family business all his life.  Viola and Cecilia Soucie were not sisters.
  • Alexis married Bernice Cyr and worked as a railway mail clerk.
  • Marie, the youngest, married Claire Alexander Burch and taught French at Kankakee High School.  Marie was the last of the children to die, in 2005.

 

Leon Bonvallet
Leon Bonvallet

Leon was born April 30, 1867, in St. Anne.  He moved to Chicago around 1900 and married Louise Catherine Kolb (born July 8, 1872 in Allondans, France) there on June 24, 1905, at age 38.  Leon ran laundries at various south side locations in Chicago.  After Louise entered Manteno State Hospital around 1922, Leon opened a grocery store to keep his family together.  He spent his last years living with his son George on the far south side of Chicago and was the last of P.A.’s sons to die, on April 22, 1953, at age 85.  Louise died in Manteno State Hospital on May 1, 1947.

Leon and Louise had four children:

  • Louise married Leo Jacobs.  They moved to Arizona and ran a furniture store.
  • George married Pearl Anna Charlotta Olson.  He combined his musical talent and his engineering degrees, working first as a band director in Bethany, Illinois, and later as an acoustical engineer for the Army in Royal Oak, Michigan.
  • Jeannette died of tuberculosis at age 7.
  • Emile married Ruby Catherine Conner, served in World War II, and worked for Commonwealth Edison in Chicago.  Emile was the last of the children to die, in 1993.
Louis Bonvallet
Louis Bonvallet

Louis was born October 13, 1874, in St. Anne.  He married Laura A. Myers (born September 23, 1887, in Tennessee) on April 27, 1909, at age 34.  He worked in the family business and died November 2, 1938, at age 64.  Laura died November, 1980, in St. Anne.

Louis and Laura had two children:

  •  Thelma was a teacher in St. Anne.  She moved to live with her sister in California in 2003.  Thelma was the last of P.A.’s grandchildren to die, in 2010, at age 99.
  • Evelyn married Rev. Hubert Verrill and lived in Colorado and California.

 

 

 

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